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A juried food and beverage competition for 60 bold and buzz-worthy culinary artists.

Applications accepted through Monday, June 3rd, 2019

Finalists compete Saturday, October 19th, 2019; 12 pm – 5 pm

Minneapolis, MN (RestaurantNews.com)  Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association (PPNA) is proud to present the first-annual Powderhorn Culinary Arts Show, a juried outdoor food and beverage competition for professional and junior culinary artists from across the country. This event will provide 60 finalists an opportunity to showcase and keep the sales from a singular food or beverage entry from one of five categories. Applicants can apply through June 3rd and the event takes place on Saturday, October 19th. Event access is free to the public and will also feature half-a-dozen notable experiences including a beer garden, pumpkin patch pop-up, kitchen gadget pop-up, and garden shop to name a few. Proceeds will help further PPNA advocacy efforts to improve livability and safety, housing justice, and equitable development in the community.

PPNA gathers, builds, and mobilizes in support of the Greater Powderhorn community in South Minneapolis. This 38-year-old nonprofit prides itself in creatively implementing its mission through a variety of events, advocacy and partnerships. Learn more at www.ppna.org.

Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association
821 East 35th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407
info@ppna.org
612-722-4817
www.ppna.org

A Culinary Arts Competition for Equity

Artists are often catalyst for positive change. For 38 years, the small-but-mighty Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association (PPNA) has sought various artist partnerships to help gather, mobilize, and build community. This October, its first-annual Powderhorn Culinary Arts Show (PCAS) aims to rival the popularity of its twenty-eight-year-old Powderhorn Art Fair.

PCAS is set to become a highly anticipated outdoor food and beverage competition for professional and junior culinary geniuses. Anyone who believes they have the talent, skill, and a buzz-worthy creation should apply. This event is not only for those with national, regional, or local acclaim but for those whose culinary street cred is yet to be uncovered. The 60 competing finalists will be selected by an award-winning panel of jurors that includes the likes of renowned Pastry Chef John Kraus.

The event takes place in the beautiful 66-acre Powderhorn Park in the heart of South Minneapolis, providing the perfect backdrop for a memorable and picture-perfect fall show. It will also feature a variety of other experiences, including a beer garden and pop-up shops for kitchen gadgetry and seasonal pumpkins.

PCAS is open and free to the public and all about helping connect and build community. Time and time again, PPNA has seen the power of arts and artists drive positive change. Proceeds from this year’s event will go toward association advocacy costs to improve livability and safety, housing justice, and equitable development. PCAS will uplift dynamic culinary artists and an art-centered community working in partnership for equity.

Powderhorn Culinary Arts Show

Applicant Deadline: Monday, June 3rd, 2019
Event Date: Saturday, October 19th, 2019
12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Powderhorn Park 3400 15th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Free and Friendly for All Ages!
Current Sponsors: Saint Paul College Culinary Arts Program, Seward Community Co-op, and CaterRent

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A Tacoasis Resort of Food, Fun and All Things Taco Bell Awaits Fans in Palm Springs

Irvine, CA  (RestaurantNews.com)  Get ready for “Bell”hops and Baja Blasts, fire sauce and sauce packet floaties, because the Taco Bell Hotel is coming and will give fans an unexpected and unforgettable trip of a lifetime. Beginning August 9 for a limited time, doors will open at The Bell: A Taco Bell Hotel and Resort in Palm Springs, California, making fans’ dreams come true with an immersive way to celebrate the best of the brand.

From check-in to check-out, The Bell: A Taco Bell Hotel and Resort reimagines what a hotel stay can be, unveiling a destination inspired by tacos and fueled by fans. Everything from guest rooms to breakfast and poolside cocktails will be infused with a Taco Bell twist, making this the flavor-filled getaway of 2019.

A not-to-miss gift shop will offer exclusive apparel to spice up fans’ summer style. Guests can also stop by the on-site salon for Taco Bell-inspired nail art, fades and a braid bar. And whether it’s daily happier hour or saucy snacks, The Bell: A Taco Bell Hotel and Resort will deliver beloved iconic flavors and introduce new menu surprises only available at the hotel.

“The Bell stands to be the biggest expression of the Taco Bell lifestyle to date. It will be fun, colorful, flavorful and filled with more than what our fans might expect,” said Taco Bell’s Chief Global Brand Officer Marisa Thalberg. “Also, just like some of our most sought-after food innovation, this hotel brings something entirely new for lucky fans to experience and enjoy.”

From a Forever 21 fashion line to weddings in the Las Vegas flagship Cantina, Taco Bell has long been surprising and delighting fans with unexpected ways to celebrate their love for the brand. At The Bell: A Taco Bell Hotel and Resort, fans will experience something even bigger and bolder, from design and entertainment to craveable food and beyond.

Taco Bell, a Southern California-based brand founded by Glen Bell in 1962, chose iconic Palm Springs as the ideal resort destination for its next hospitality venture. Reservations will open in June and those eager to learn more about how to score a room at this “tacoasis” in the desert can head over HERE to stay up to date with announcements on this experience meant for Taco Bell super-fans 18+.

Until then, stay tuned for more information by following @TacoBell on Instagram and Twitter. This extra serving of Taco Bell magic is going to be hot. (Literally.)

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Industry Veteran to Oversee Nathan’s Famous Restaurants

James Walker

Jericho, NY  (RestaurantNews.com)  Nathan’s Famous announced today that it has hired James Walker, CFE, as the company’s Senior Vice President, Restaurants. Walker comes to Nathan’s Famous from Subway where he was Vice President, North America, overseeing all franchised restaurants in the U.S. and Canada.

“We are excited to have James on board to lead our all-important restaurant division,” said Eric Gatoff, CEO of Nathan’s Famous. “While our success over the last decade has largely come from our product licensing and foodservice businesses, Nathan’s started as a restaurant company in 1916. James’ skill set includes extensive experience in restaurant operations, franchising and product development. Adding someone as accomplished and innovative as James demonstrates our continued commitment to our restaurant business operations.”

A recognized expert in retail and hospitality, Walker brings more than 30 years of broad based, senior level, management experience to Nathan’s Famous. He has held President, Chief Development Officer, Senior Operations and New Product Development positions, for brands such as Baja Fresh®, Cinnabon®, Johnny Rockets® and Subway®. Walker has conducted business in more than 65 international markets, including such emerging markets as Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Pakistan and Mongolia.

“I’m thrilled to join Nathan’s Famous, a truly iconic brand that started on the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island and is now a global player in the restaurant and retail spheres,” said Walker. “I look forward to making every guest experience in our restaurants rewarding and enjoyable on every level.”

A Certified Franchise Executive, Walker earned his MBA at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. He has achieved additional certificates and diplomas from Yale, Harvard, and MIT. In 2016, Walker was awarded the President’s “E” award from President Obama for Excellence in Furthering American Business Internationally.

About Nathan’s Famous

Nathan’s Famous products are currently sold in more than 78,000 retail and food service locations, and are available in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Cayman Islands, and in 16 foreign countries. Nathan’s products are available in arenas and stadiums all over the country, movie theaters, colleges and universities, travel plazas, amusement parks, casinos and hotels.

For more information about Nathan’s Famous please visit www.nathansfamous.com or www.facebook.com/nathansfamous.

Media Contact:
Richard Shea
Shea Communications
212-627-5766

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Canton, OH  (RestaurantNews.com)  Only one quarter into 2019, DeliverThat, (https://www.ideliverthat.com), is once again announcing expansion of its coverage map with the launch of their catering delivery service into eight additional metropolitan areas across the west coast & Canada.  DeliverThat successfully launched 17 new markets in the first quarter of 2019, bringing the company’s current total to 32 metropolitan areas. The eight upcoming metros are Vancuver, Toronto, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, San Jose, Boston, and Las Vegas, with Vancuver & Toronto set to launch in June.

“Catering delivery is different by nature, the level of professionalism and customer service needed is often overlooked,” said Aaron Hoffman, CEO of DeliverThat. “Delivering a quality service at an affordable price has always been our mission.” DeliverThat’s growing network of professional drivers currently deliver and setup over three million dollars of catered meals each month.

Canadian based marketplace, Foodee, and DeliverThat recently entered into a strategic partnership.“At Foodee, we realized that DeliverThat was doing something truly unique with how they focused on providing a great catering delivery experience,” said Chris Ruiz, Logistics Partnerships Manager at Foodee. “Our corporate clients demand best in class service, so we approached DeliverThat about working closely with us to provide all of our corporate clients a high quality, reliable delivery service regardless of where they are located, rather than taking a more piecemeal market-by-market approach.”

Selecting which U.S. markets DeliverThat will expand into was done strategically with input from national partners ezCater, Boston Market, and Qdoba Mexican Eats.

About DeliverThat

Founded in 2013 by Aaron Hoffman and John Zinno, DeliverThat is a national last-mile delivery service recognized as the industry leader in restaurant catering delivery and setup. DeliverThat’s network of professional drivers ensure each delivery is fulfilled according to each individual restaurants’ standards. Committed to providing an efficient and effective catering delivery service, DeliverThat takes pride in seeking new and innovative ways to enhance the entirety of their delivery processes for drivers, restaurant partners, and end-user customers.

To strengthen their ongoing expansion, DeliverThat is actively partnering with restaurants, as well as highly-motivated drivers looking to supplement their income. Restaurants and delivery partners may apply at https://www.ideliverthat.com. As a result of DeliverThat’s continued growth; their driver relations, restaurant relations, and dispatch departments are in turn growing rapidly. Individuals looking to further their career with DeliverThat may apply at https://ideliverthat.com/careers.

Current metropolitan areas include: Akron, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Canton, Charlotte, Chicago, Charlotte, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Lexington, Louisville, Miami, Nashville, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Sarasota, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa, Virginia Beach, and Washington D.C. For more information about DeliverThat, please visit ideliverthat.com. Connect with DeliverThat at facebook.com/deliverthat.

Media Contact:
Wiley Holland
media@ideliverthat.com
703-850-2434

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Dawn Sweeney to Lead the Association on Continued Growth Trajectory Through 2019

Dawn Sweeney

Washington, DC  (RestaurantNews.com)  After 12 years successfully leading one of Washington’s largest and most influential trade associations, advancing and protecting all aspects of the restaurant and foodservice industry, National Restaurant Association and National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation President & CEO Dawn Sweeney announced today that she will step down when her current contract ends at the end of 2019. Until then, she will continue to lead the Association and Foundation, gain Board approval for the 2020-2024 strategic plan, and assist Board leadership in the search for a new CEO.

“Serving and leading the restaurant industry during this historic timeframe, when foodservice has grown to an $863 billion business employing over 15 million professionals, has been the most fulfilling experience of my career,” said Dawn Sweeney. “We have accomplished much together, including important public policy victories at all levels of government, a broadened membership base representative of the industry at large, and a revitalized organization that has expanded and bolstered its advocacy and business capabilities. I have had the privilege of serving for 12 years — the longest tenure of any position in my career. It is vital to me that we work to ensure the Association and Foundation have a smooth and seamless transition to plan for the future.”

Since Sweeney joined the Association in 2007, membership has grown by almost 50 percent, and the organization has added members from every sector of the industry. The enterprise has more than doubled its overall revenues and nearly tripled its growth in ServSafe® food safety training and certification, expanding into adjacent industry sectors and certifying more than eight million industry professionals. In 2018, she led the largest business transaction in the history of the organization with the creation of an equity partnership with Winsight Media and the operational sale of the National Restaurant Association Show.

Dawn refocused the Educational Foundation to attract, empower, and advance the future workforce of the restaurant industry. During her tenure, she built a Unified Partnership Agreement with the State Restaurant Associations, better aligning the work of the national and state organizations through advocacy and business solutions.

“Dawn has been an extraordinary leader for the restaurant and foodservice industry during a time of both challenge and opportunity,” said Joe Essa, 2019 Association Chair and President & CEO of Wolfgang Puck Worldwide. “She has unified our industry, expanded our impact, heightened our effectiveness, and navigated a number of significant public policy challenges. The organization is well-positioned to continue to fulfill its mission to advance and protect the industry and has a strong foundation on which her successor will build.”

Board leadership have selected Spencer Stuart to assist with the CEO search.

Sweeney joined the National Restaurant Association after having served as President of AARP Services, the taxable subsidiary of AARP, the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization. Prior to that, she worked for almost a decade at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and began her career at the International Dairy Foods Association. She is active in several organizations, including the Women’s Foodservice Forum, which is dedicated to accelerating the advancement of women leaders in the industry; Save the Children, the global humanitarian organization on whose board she serves; and the Bryce Harlow Foundation, which is dedicated to promoting ethics and integrity in lobbying, and where she served as 2018 Board Chair.

About the National Restaurant Association

Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises more than one million restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of 15 million employees. The Association represents the $863 billion restaurant and foodservice industry at the federal, state, and local levels, and advocates on its behalf. We host the industry’s largest trade show, the National Restaurant Association Show, in Chicago each May, and administer the industry’s leading food safety training and certification program, ServSafe®. In addition, through the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, we offer ProStart, a unique career-building high school program available at more than 1,900 schools across the country.

Contact:
Mollie O’Dell
modell@restaurant.org
202-714-5993

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The Craft Beer Authority Brings Its Massive Craft Beer Assortment and Crave-able Pizza – Along With a Good Cause – to Chandler Residents

Chandler, AZ  (RestaurantNews.com)  Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, known for its hand-crafted pizza, taproom fare, and its world class beer list of local and regional craft beer offerings, will open its newest location at 2950 E. Germann Rd., Chandler, AZ 85286 on May 20th. This store opening will be the 2nd Old Chicago in Arizona, and the 109th location nationwide.

Guests can order five hand-crafted dough options, including Chicago Thick, a Tavern Thin, an Original Deep Dish, a Gluten-Free crust, and an Ale-Infused dough that highlight the eleven specialty pizzas on the menu. Famous taproom starters such as the Sicilian Pepperoni Rolls, and the one-of-a-kind Italian Nachos will also be sure to delight guests in Chandler. With over 40 draft beers available, more than 90 craft beers available on the menu and a beer expert always on staff, The Craft Beer Authority has something for everyone!

True to its roots is Old Chicago’s strong commitment to giving back to the community. Old Chicago Chandler has partnered with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona, where they will be raising money during their pre-opening events from May 16th to May 18th to benefit the local nonprofit. Representatives from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona will be on-site to help raise charitable contributions.

“It’s an exciting time to be a part of the Old Chicago family; we are thrilled to bring the Craft Beer Authority to Chandler,” says Jim Gardner, Operating Principal of OC Restaurants, LLC, a franchisee group that has a current location in Hays, Kansas, and is planning to open additional Old Chicago locations in Nevada, Arizona, and Missouri. “We have an amazing veteran OC management team with a combined 52 years of Old Chicago experience led by Jeff Daley (Director of Operations), Mike Vaske (GM), and managers Danielle Monaco, Courtney Biers, and Miguel Amaro. We are excited for guests to meet our team and experience our new store, continuing our growth with the opening of our second Old Chicago by bringing the great food, beer, and the crafted experience of Old Chicago to Chandler”.

“We are thrilled to be working closely with Jim and his team as they open additional Old Chicago restaurants,” said Mark A. Belanger, President, Global Franchise Development, CraftWorks Holdings, (operating company of Old Chicago). “As we execute on our strategic growth plans, we will continue to seek strong franchisees as a vital component in further OC national expansion in 2019 and beyond” states Belanger.

About Old Chicago

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom (Old Chicago) is a traditional, casual dining restaurant specializing in Chicago-style pizzas, taproom classics and craft beer. Founded in 1976, Old Chicago operates in 23 states with more than 100 restaurants. A top loyalty brand in the U.S., award winning and voted Best Franchise to buy in 2018 by Franchise Times. With over 30 craft beers on tap, Old Chicago is also the home of the World Beer Tour, which rewards members for enjoying 110 of the best craft beers from across the globe. Visit www.oldchicago.com to learn more and to find the restaurant nearest you. For information about franchise opportunities, visit www.ocfranchising.com.

About CraftWorks Holdings, LLC

CraftWorks Holdings is the nation’s leading and premier operator and franchisor of full-service dining restaurants, spanning a national footprint of over 390 restaurants and breweries in 40 states and the District of Columbia. The company’s diverse portfolio of restaurant brands includes Logan’s Roadhouse, Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, and a collection of restaurants-brewery brands, including Rock Bottom Restaurants & Breweries and Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurants. CraftWorks Holdings also operates a collection of specialty restaurant concepts including ChopHouse & Brewery, Big River Grille, A1A Ale Works, Ragtime Tavern & Seafood Grill, Seven Bridges Grill & Brewery and Sing-Sing, a dueling pianos concept. For additional information about CraftWorks Holdings and its restaurant brands, please visit www.craftworksrestaurants.com.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona

For over sixty years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona has believed that every child inherently has the ability to succeed and thrive in life. They positively impact children’s lives in the Maricopa and Pinal Counties by making meaningful and professionally supported matches between volunteers and children. This develops positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people in their community. Their Stars Program focuses on positive role models that help children become responsible young men and women. Their Native American Mentoring Program partners with the Phoenix Indian Center to provide children opportunities to participate in cultural and college/career readiness activities. Their Big Futures Program focuses on Career, Academic and Life Milestones, preparing kids to become independent and productive citizens. For additional information about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona, please visit www.bbbsaz.org.

Contact:
Dominique Romero
dromero@cwrestaurants.com

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Sean Kennedy Brings 20 Years Policy and Advocacy Experience to the Table

Sean Kennedy

Washington, DC  (RestaurantNews.com)  The National Restaurant Association has appointed Sean Kennedy as Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, the Association’s senior-most executive in the development and execution of its multi-year advocacy strategy. A government relations leader in both the private and public sector with more than 20 years of experience, Kennedy will lead all advocacy initiatives, federal and grassroots lobbying efforts, and policy economic analysis for the $863 billion restaurant and foodservice industry. He will also lead the Association’s litigation strategy through the Restaurant Law Center. Kennedy joins a strong and seasoned public affairs team and will work to advance the priorities of the restaurant industry. He will report to Dawn Sweeney, President & CEO of the National Restaurant Association, and will step into his role mid-June.

“We are thrilled to have Sean join the National Restaurant Association and lead our industry’s public affairs efforts,” said Sweeney. “Sean is a proven government relations executive who understands the nuances of the policy-making process. His experience advocating for a large and complex industry will be a valuable asset to our members as he engages on the myriad issues affecting our industry and America’s workforce.”

“I am excited to join an industry that is such a jobs-creating engine for America and a vital part of our country’s way of life,” said Kennedy. “Dawn has assembled a best-in-class team, and I am ready to work with them to advance the restaurant industry at such a critical time.”

Kennedy has most recently served as Senior Vice President, Global Government Affairs for Airlines for America (A4A), the trade association representing the leading U.S.-based passenger and cargo airlines, where he achieved a series of bipartisan legislative victories amidst a divided Congress. A veteran public servant, he has held several key positions, including Special Assistant to the President in the Office of Legislative Affairs at the White House, Chief of Staff to former U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, and Legislative Director for former Congressman Richard Gephardt. Kennedy also has private sector experience, having served as Assistant Vice President, Federal Relations at AT&T earlier in his career.

Kennedy earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Emory University and his J.D. from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America.

About the National Restaurant Association

Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises more than one million restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of 15 million employees. The Association represents the $863 billion restaurant and foodservice industry at the federal, state, and local levels, and advocates on its behalf. We host the industry’s largest trade show, the National Restaurant Association Show, in Chicago each May, and administer the industry’s leading food safety training and certification program, ServSafe®. In addition, through the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, we offer ProStart, a unique career-building high school program available at more than 1,900 schools across the country.

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Dallas, TX  (RestaurantNews.comDickey’s Barbecue Pit continues to expand across the northern region of the U.S. with four new locations in New York, Montana, Colorado and Oregon expected to open in early 2020.

“Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has been Texas family owned and operated since 1941 and our mission has always been to share our authentic Texas-style barbecue to the world” said Laura Rea Dickey, CEO of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. “We are always proud when entrepreneurs decide to invest in our family business and bring our barbecue to folks in their area.”

Dickey’s barbecue is smoked on-site everyday and follows recipes passed down by generations to ensure guests are always served authentic, Texas-style barbecue. The slow-smoked meats are complemented by an array of savory sides that can be enjoyed in-store, at home or at the next big event.

Find your nearest Dickey’s Barbecue Pit location here.  Download the Dickey’s App from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Follow Dickey’s on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Find more information about national and international franchise opportunities here.

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About Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc.

Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc., the nation’s largest barbecue chain was founded in 1941 by Travis Dickey. For the past 77 years, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit locations across the nation have served guests Legit. Texas. Barbecue. At Dickey’s, all meats are smoked low and slow on-site, every night in every location. The Dallas-based family-run barbecue franchise offers several slow-smoked meats and wholesome sides with ‘No B.S. (Bad Stuff)’ included. The fast-casual concept has expanded worldwide and includes more than 500 locations in 44 states. In 2016, Dickey’s won first place on Fast Casual’s “Top 100 Movers and Shakers” list and in 2018 Dickey’s Barbecue Pit made the Top 10. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has also been recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine, Franchise Times and Nation’s Restaurant News. For more information, visit www.dickeys.com.

Media Contact:
Greer Martin
gmartin@dickeys.com

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Hot queso and bacon is paired with a satisfying sizzle

Glendale, CA  (RestaurantNews.com)  Did you hear that? That delicious sizzle sound and the mouthwatering smell can only mean one thing – Applebee’s® NEW Loaded Fajitas are on the menu starting today at Applebee’s restaurants nationwide. Smothered with a hearty serving of hot queso and sprinkled with crispy Applewood-smoked bacon, Applebee’s Loaded Fajitas are available in your choice of sirloin steak, chicken or shrimp and served on a sizzling skillet.

“We’re introducing our guests to sizzling, delicious and craveable Fajitas in only the way Applebee’s can – by loading them up with queso and bacon,” said Joel Yashinsky, chief marketing officer at Applebee’s. “Our industry-leading culinary team has taken this classic dish to a whole new level that our guests have been telling us surpasses their expectations and delivers real value. Our Loaded Fajitas are truly an experience for all of your senses.”

Each order of Loaded Fajitas is served with fajita vegetables and Spanish rice and comes with warm flour tortillas, a blend of cheddar cheeses, guacamole, lettuce, lime wedge, sour cream and house-made pico de gallo. Guaranteed excitement for the senses!

With nationwide availability of Loaded Fajitas, Applebee’s is coming to the aid of Americans affected by a condition Applebee’s has coined, “low sizzletonin.” Symptoms include cold hands, a lack of fullness and sudden bouts of sarcasm. The cure? Heading to Applebee’s for new Loaded Fajitas. To check your symptoms, head over to Sizzletonin.com. Psst, low sizzletonin isn’t a real thing – we made it up. But, Loaded Fajitas are bound to make anyone’s day just a little bit brighter.

Need to take the sizzle on the go? Order online at www.applebees.com and head home with Applebee’s To Go. Or, give the gift of Loaded Fajitas to someone special with an Applebee’s gift card, available for purchase at all locations or online.

For more information on this and other Applebee’s specials, view the online menu and stop by your neighborhood Applebee’s restaurant. Price and participation may vary by location.

About Applebee’s®

As one of the world’s largest casual dining brands, Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill + Bar serves as America’s kitchen table, offering guests a lively dining experience that combines simple, craveable American fare with classic drinks and local drafts. Applebee’s restaurants are owned and operated by entrepreneurs dedicated to more than serving great food, but also building up the communities that we call home. From raising money for local charities to hosting community fundraisers, Applebee’s is always Doin’ Good in the Neighborhood. As of March 31, 2019, there were 1,830 franchise and company-owned restaurants in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and 13 other countries. Applebee’s is franchised by subsidiaries of Dine Brands Global Inc. [NYSE: DIN], which is one of the world’s largest full-service restaurant companies.

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Veteran Casual Dining Executive with Stellar Track Record Tapped to Take Mid-Atlantic Restaurant Chain to Next Stage of Growth and Success

Geovannie “Geo” Concepcion

Columbia, MD  (RestaurantNews.com)  The Board of Directors of The Greene Turtle announced that Geovannie “Geo” Concepcion, formerly COO of Minneapolis-based Famous Dave’s, has been tapped to serve as President/CEO and guide the 44-unit casual dining chain to the next stage in its growth and success.

During his time with Famous Dave’s, Concepcion oversaw company and franchise operations, marketing, IT, culinary, franchise sales and training, and compiled a stellar track record overseeing initiatives in many areas on which The Greene Turtle is now focused. Under his leadership, same-store sales at company-owned stores grew for six consecutive quarters, online ordering and third-party delivery ignited, a brand refresh resulted in double-digit boosts in store traffic and comp sales, speed of service increased, three new prototypes were launched, a high-functioning team was assembled to provide more robust service to franchisees, and the chain’s digital strategy came into sharp focus.

The Greene Turtle’s Board praised these achievements and said it is confident Concepcion will put the chain on a clear and steady path to growth and success. “We are very excited about how The Greene Turtle can benefit from Geo’s insights and experience,” the Board said. “His track record will prove incredibly valuable.”

Concepcion said he is excited to be assuming the helm of a brand with such great acclaim throughout the East and such strong growth potential. “I’m proud to have the opportunity to steer The Greene Turtle to the next stage in its evolution,” he said. “This is a brand that has enjoyed widespread recognition and allegiance across generations of families, friends and sports fans for more than 40 years. We have a great foundation to build on, and I’m eager to work with our staff and franchisees to strengthen operations, increase our appeal, expand our footprint and improve our bottom line.”

Concepcion takes over as CEO from Bob Barry, who, after many years in the CEO seat, is stepping down from that role but will remain a shareholder in the company. “Over his 12 years with The Greene Turtle, Bob has been a passionate ambassador of the brand, embodying the tenets that have set The Greene Turtle apart as a restaurant and as a member of the communities we serve. We are grateful for his dedication to the brand and his many years of service,” the Board said in announcing the change.

In addition to his role as President/CEO, Concepcion will have a seat on The Greene Turtle’s Board. He will be based in The Greene Turtle’s Columbia, Md., headquarters.

About The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille® and The Greene Turtle Franchising Corp.

The Greene Turtle (“The Turtle”) is a community hangout born in 1976 on the boardwalk in Ocean City, Md., and built on a love for local sports. Today The Turtle has grown to 44 locations in Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. The Turtle’s menu features fresh local ingredients and fresh-caught crab dishes authentic to Maryland shores. The Turtle’s friendly staff serves craft beers and specialty cocktails in a casual atmosphere along with a robust multimedia system for guests to enjoy their favorite sporting events. The Turtle is a popular year-round destination where families, friends and fans of all ages feel at home. For more information on The Turtle, please visit https://thegreeneturtle.com.

In January 2019, The Turtle once again earned a spot on Entrepreneur’s prestigious “Franchise 500” list. The Turtle also appeared on the Franchise Times “Top 200+” list in October 2018 and was named among the “12 High-Performing Restaurant Chains to Watch” by FSR Magazine (March 2018). Franchise opportunities are available throughout the eastern United States to qualifying investors through The Greene Turtle Franchising Corp. Information on available opportunities can be found online at https://thegreeneturtle.com/about/franchise-information/ or obtained by contacting Vice President of Franchising Tom Finn at (443) 661-4298, ext. 104, or tfinn@thegreeneturtle.com.

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