LOUISVILLE - Mike Mrlik has joined CraftWorks Restaurants and Breweries' team as senior vice president of operations and president of Old Chicago.

Mrlik will relocate from Austin, Texas, to CraftWorks' office in Louisville.

CraftWorks' three principal operating units are Old Chicago, Gordon Biersch and Rock Bottom. The company maintains dual headquarters in Louisville and Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Mrlik will lead Old Chicago's brand refresh as 55 locations roll out a revamped menu with 40 new items including a thin-crust pizza. The locations also will undergo a design overhaul with an emphasis on an enhanced guest experience.

"Mrlik has a proven track record and outstanding operating skills. I am confident that he will add immediate value to the Old Chicago brand and will be a great addition to the executive team," said Allen Corey, CraftWorks' chief executive.

An industry veteran, Mrlik was president and CEO of Austin-based Mr. Gatti's LP, where he improved the chain's operating costs and profitability. He also has franchise experience, having served as vice president at Boston Market and chief operating officer of Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, where he created the franchise structure.