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Rainforest Cafe founder steps down as Kona Grill co-CEO

Brandon Brown
Rainforest Cafe founder steps down as Kona Grill co-CEO

Just 65 days after taking over as co-CEO of Kona Grill Inc., Steve Schussler has stepped down. The Scottsdale-based sushi and happy hour restaurant chain announced Schussler’s resignation from the co-CEO job and from the company’s board of directors Thursday afternoon. The company’s announcement said Schussler wants to spend more time focusing on his other restaurant company, Minnesota-based Schussler Creative Inc. Schussler is the founder of Rainforest Cafe Inc. and has developed a number of other larger-than-life themed restaurant concepts.  In November, Kona Grill’s board fired Jim Kuhn as CEO after only a few months on the job, and replaced him with Schussler and Marcus Jundt.