X Group Restaurants has filled a gap in its management ranks following Troy Christian's departure. Jeff Paradise, general manager of CI Shenanigan's, will join X Group, operator of Asada and Masa, as director of operations on Nov. 19.
Paradise, 39, has worked for Shenanigan's parent, Ram International, for 14 years, the last eight as a regional manager. He's a Tacoma native who's known X Group principal John Xicto since sophomore year at Bellarmine high.
Meantime, Christian continues work
on Speakeasy, a martini bar on the ground floor of the Walker apartment building at Sixth and St. Helens avenues. Speakeasy is not related to Broadway Speakeasy, Harmon owner Pat Nagle's planned pizza-beer-and-movie restaurant in the former Mecca porn parlor on Broadway in downtown Tacoma.