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25-Year-Old Brand Unveils Evolved Menu Featuring Healthier Options, Wraps, Quesadillas, Desserts and More on August 1

Atlanta, GA  (RestaurantNews.com)  On the heels of National Chicken Wing Day, 25-year-old Wing Zone is spreading beyond just wings with the launch of a new menu that caters to the evolving tastes of consumers. The new menu will be available at all Wing Zone locations in the U.S. starting August 1.

The new menu will feature all of the sauces that Wing Zone Flavorholics have come to love, including the latest addition to the Wing Zone roster, Chipotle BBQ. However, the menu will now feature healthier options including a vegetarian section, enhanced salads and wraps. Wing Zone fans can also enjoy a new line of quesadillas, new sides such as fried pickles and gourmet onion rings, and decadent desserts like Oreo Churros, fried Twinkies and funnel cake fries. There will also be a revamped Kids Zone section with options for younger Wing Zone fans, weekday specials Monday through Thursday, and lunch specials staring at an $8 price point with five options to choose from.

Oreo Churros Fried Twinkies Funnel Cake Fries

“When we set out to create the very best wing delivery restaurant 25 years ago with Wing Zone, we focused on developing unique flavors delivered directly to our customers’ doors,” said Matt Friedman, co-founder and CEO of Wing Zone. “Now, 25 years later we are excited about the evolution of our menu and an increased variety of bold and delicious options we can offer Wing Zone fans and introduce to new guests. While we remain committed to providing the very best chicken wing and tender experience possible, this new menu gives guests more freedom of choice and vibrant options to get their fix, whether they’re looking for a salad bursting with flavor or to treat themselves with one of our indulgent desserts.”

The menu launch comes just a few days after Wing Zone will celebrate National Chicken Wing Day on July 29. For the national holiday for chicken wings, Wing Zone will be offering Flavorholics a deal for 16 boneless or original wings for just $10.

“It’s fitting that we will be celebrating all things chicken wings before introducing Wing Zone fans to our expanded menu. We’ve spent countless hours in the research and development kitchen to make sure that all of our new options meet the same level of quality and flavor we’ve been providing for a quarter century. We hope our Flavorholics will come in to celebrate National Chicken Wing Day with us on Sunday and then come back to check out all that the new menu has to offer on Wednesday.”

To find the closest Wing Zone, visit https://www.wingzone.com/locations/. More information can be found by visiting Wing Zone on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About Wing Zone

Wing Zone was founded in 1991 at the University of Florida by Matt Friedman and Adam Scott, who dubbed themselves Flavorholics because of their love of great wings and amazing flavors. The Wing Zone franchise was born in their fraternity house kitchen, and the concept quickly flourished through delivery to their fellow college students. After opening several more Wing Zone locations in college markets across the country, Scott and Friedman began offering franchises in 2000. Wing Zone now has nearly 100 locations open across the U.S. and a strong international presence, including Panama, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Malabo, Singapore and Guatemala. For more information about Wing Zone visit www.wingzone.com.

Contact:
Brian Jaeger
No Limit Agency
312-526-3996
Brian@nolimitagency.com

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Three-Style Free-Style Wing Sampler

Club-level Sports Restaurant Introduces New Sauces, Samplers and Specials On July 29

Cincinnati, OH  (RestaurantNews.comBuffalo Wings & Rings has elevated the chicken wing experience for more than three decades and this year, the club-level sports restaurant brand is elevating the celebration of National Chicken Wing Day on Sunday, July 29 by kicking off a month-long celebration of all things chicken wings.

“One day is simply not enough to truly appreciate the glory of the chicken wing. So, as part of our celebration of National Chicken Wing Day we are also giving wing fans an entire month of delicious new sauces, specials and ways to experience chicken wings,” said Diane Matheson, Vice President of Marketing for Buffalo Wings & Rings.

During what Buffalo Wings & Rings has dubbed National Wing Month, the restaurant chain will introduce two new limited time seasonal sauces – Charred Jalapeno and Garlic Perez Style. The Charred Jalapeno are boneless wings with ranch style sauce, made with pureed charred jalapenos, fresh cilantro and lime, dusted with smoked ancho chile, while the Garlic Perez Style are boneless wings with a bold garlic butter sauce that pack a little heat.

Charred Jalapeno

The two new sauces were created as part of a sauce competition that Buffalo Wings & Rings held, open to employees and team members across the entire system. The Charred Jalapeno was created by Greyson Kohrs, manager of the company’s Oakley, Ohio restaurant and the Garlic Perez Style was created by Gerardo Perez, kitchen manager of the company’s Liberty Way restaurant.

Garlic Perez Style

“It’s important that we continue to cultivate a culture where every member of the Buffalo Wings & Rings family feels like they can make an impact on the club level options that we provide our guests,” said Nader Masadeh, CEO of Buffalo Wings & Rings. “Greyson and Gerardo came up with some incredible sauces and we are excited to take their creations out to wing fans all over the country.”

Besides the new sauces, guests at Buffalo Wings & Rings will also have two new ways to experience their wings during National Wing Month – the Three-Style Free-Style Wing Sampler and the Three Wing Fix.

The Three-Style Free-Style Wing Sampler will give guests the opportunity to try any combination of wing style including traditional, boneless grilled, boneless fried or cauliflower, and pair with individual servings of any three sauces, allowing them to have fun mixing, matching, dipping and exploring with the different sauces. The Three Wing Fix will give guests the chance to upgrade their side by getting three wings any style instead of a standard side item.

Three Wing Fix

More information on the National Wing Month celebration can be found at https://www.buffalowingsandrings.com.

About Buffalo Wings & Rings

Established in 1984 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Buffalo Wings & Rings is the ultimate sports restaurant franchise providing a club-level experience with better food, VIP views and our Buffalove ® Service Promise. The franchise is taking game-time to the next level with bright, inviting dining rooms, elevated fan experiences and a chef-inspired menu featuring a rotation of seasonal and diverse limited-time offerings, fresh salads, homemade Bleu Cheese, innovative sandwich options, hand-pressed burgers and fresh, never frozen wings to satisfy every sports fan. With more than 80 units across the globe, Buffalo Wings & Rings is changing the sports restaurant category, bringing elevated food and experiences that are accessible and affordable to all. For more information, visit www.buffalowingsandrings.com.

Contact:
Brian Jaeger
No Limit Agency
312-526-3996
Brian@nolimitagency.com

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Dallas, TX  (RestaurantNews.com)  Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT) today announced that Kelly C. Baltes has been named executive vice president and president of Maggiano’s Little Italy®. In this role, Baltes will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of Maggiano’s restaurants including strategies for future growth of the brand.

Baltes brings more than 30 years of extensive and proven restaurant experience to Brinker, including leadership positions held at Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, Red Lobster and Olive Garden. As chairman and chief executive officer of Cheddar’s, Inc., he exemplified inspirational leadership with a commitment to visit every restaurant and meet all management team members in his first 90 days. During his tenure with the brand, he more than doubled its size, built a leadership team, initiated the name change to Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen and achieved industry recognition as a Nation’s Restaurant News Golden Chain Award winner. Prior to that, Baltes served as executive vice president of operations for Red Lobster where he led the operational and profitability transformation that put the brand at its top performance in almost a decade.

“When you ask a Guest about their experience at Maggiano’s, they often tell stories of how we made them feel special in the restaurant and go above and beyond to make a celebratory moment even more memorable,” said Wyman Roberts, chief executive officer and president of Brinker. “I’m excited for Kelly to join our team because his experience and leadership style will be instrumental in the strategic thinking around how we continue to differentiate and perfect the Guest experience at Maggiano’s.”

“It is an honor for me to join the incredible Maggiano’s family. I have been a longtime admirer and guest of Maggiano’s and have a great deal of respect for the culture, hospitality and made-from-scratch Italian-American cuisine,” said Kelly C. Baltes. “I look forward to visiting each restaurant, meeting Teammates and working with the leadership teams for continued success of the brand.”

Brinker International, Inc. is one of the world’s leading casual dining restaurant companies. Founded in 1975 and based in Dallas, Texas, as of the fiscal third quarter ended March 28, 2018, Brinker owned, operated or franchised 1,686 restaurants under the names Chili’s® Grill & Bar (1,634 restaurants) and Maggiano’s Little Italy® (52 restaurants).

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Kids Eat Free through Aug. 19

Dallas, TX  (RestaurantNews.comEl Fenix – the originator of Tex-Mex cuisine – is giving parents the perfect reason to enjoy a meal with the niños before they go back to school.

Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 1, kids will eat FREE with the purchase of an adult entrée. This end-of-summer treat includes any entrée from the Kids Menu, served with a drink, or choose a dish from the Kids Fit Menu, healthy menu options created by DFW kids, served with apple juice and a side – cinnamon oranges, steamed veggies, or sweet nachos.

In addition to the classic Kids Menu options – Lil’ Martinez’ Chilada, Chicken Fingers, Tina’s Tamale, Macaroni and Cheese, Paco’s Tacos, Mama Cha Cha’s Quesadilla, Grilled Cheese, and Lil’ Amigo’s Sliders – the Kids Fit Menu offers several healthy meal choices, including:

  • Jack E. Singley Academy’s Tostada – Kids Fit Menu Invitational Winner! Crispy chalupa shell topped with black bean and veggie purée and your choice of shredded brisket, chicken, or cheddar cheese, each served with rice and Mexican salad.
  • Rollie Pollie Quesadilla – Flour tortilla, shredded chicken, diced yellow squash and cheese.
  • Chicken Soft Tacos – Two corn tortillas, shredded chicken, red bell pepper, avocado, cheese and sour cream.

This back-to-school deal is for children 12 and under and is only available* through Aug. 19, 2018. So pack up the niños and celebrate the remaining days of summer at El Fenix. *Not available at WinStar El Fenix restaurant.

Stay tuned for more exclusive promotions and events by joining the e-club and by following El Fenix on Facebook or Instagram.

There are 22 El Fenix restaurants located throughout North Texas, and at WinStar World Casino & Resort. For the restaurant nearest you, and more information on the entire menu, visit ElFenix.com. 

About El Fenix

El Fenix was founded in 1918 by Mike Martinez, a Mexican immigrant who opened a small restaurant on the corner of Griffin St. and McKinney Ave. in Dallas. El Fenix is renowned as the originator of Tex-Mex cuisine and for its Wednesday Enchilada Dinner. Nation’s Restaurant News named El Fenix one of its 50 All-American Icons – “restaurants that stole our hearts and stood the test of time.” El Fenix has won D Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Awards for “Best Tex-Mex” and “Best Margarita” in DFW for five straight years. Open seven days a week, there are 22 El Fenix restaurants located throughout North Texas, and at WinStar World Casino & Resort. For more information, visit ElFenix.com.

Contact:
Brooke Johnston
Champion Management
972-930-9933
bjohnston@championmgt.com
www.championmgt.com

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Charlotte, NC  (RestaurantNews.com)  Feelin’ the Monday blues? We’ve got just the thing to get you in a better moooood: a free printable electronic 2019 Bojangles’ Barnyard Calendar.

Getting your calendar is easy. First, simply visit www.Bojangles.com/calendar. You’ll be prompted to a sign-up page where you can enter your email and zip code. You’ll then receive your free printable 2019 Bojangles’ Barnyard Calendar in your inbox each month throughout 2019. The calendar features beautiful imagery of cuddly barnyard animals as well as 12 discount coupons (one per month) for Bojangles’ udderly delicious food.

Please note that the free printable electronic 2019 Bojangles’ Barnyard Calendar will be distributed moooonthly, beginning in 2019.

About Bojangles’, Inc. 

Bojangles’, Inc. is a highly differentiated and growing restaurant operator and franchisor dedicated to serving customers high-quality, craveable food made from our Southern recipes, including breakfast served All Day, Every Day. Founded in 1977 in Charlotte, N.C., Bojangles’® serves menu items such as made-from-scratch biscuit breakfast sandwiches, delicious hand-breaded bone-in chicken, flavorful fixin’s (sides) and Legendary Iced Tea®. At April 1, 2018, Bojangles’ had 762 system-wide restaurants, of which 326 were company-operated and 436 were franchised restaurants, primarily located in the Southeastern United States. For more information, visit www.bojangles.com or follow Bojangles’ on Facebook and Twitter.

Media Contact:
Cliff Cermak
PR & Media Relations
704-519-2126
ccermak@bojangles.com

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Kenn Miller

Dallas, TX  (RestaurantNews.comDickey’s Barbecue Pit, the largest barbecue chain in the world, welcomes recently appointed Senior Vice President of Operations, Kenn Miller, to the Dickey’s family. Kenn brings over 30 years of restaurant operations experience to the team.

“We are thrilled to have Kenn as a part of the Dickey’s Barbecue Pit family,” says Laura Rea Dickey, CEO of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. “His extensive background in the restaurant industry coupled with his experience working with franchisees has put him in the perfect position here at Dickey’s and we look forward to his success.”

Originally from Oklahoma, Kenn embraced the opportunity to move to Dallas and work with the oldest family owned restaurant in the area as well as the largest barbecue chain in the world. With a wealth of restaurant experience, he has worked with brands such as Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Quiznos and most recently, was the Senior Vice President of Operations and Development at Taco Bueno.

“Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is a well-known, family-owned brand. The Dickey family prides themselves on their heritage as well as offering only the best authentic, Texas-style barbecue, which is why I was originally drawn to becoming a part of the team,” says Kenn. “I look forward to growing the brand and working with everyone in the Dickey’s Barbecue Pit family to achieve success in the future.”

About Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc.

Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc., the nation’s largest barbecue chain, was founded in 1941 by Travis Dickey. Today, all meats are still slow smoked on-site in each restaurant. The Dallas-based family-run barbecue franchise offers several slow-smoked meats and home style sides with ‘No B.S. (Bad Stuff)’ included. The fast-casual concept has expanded to more than 550 locations in 45 states as well as internationally. In 2016, Dickey’s won first place on Fast Casual’s “Top 100 Movers and Shakers” list and in 2018 was featured in the top 10 on the list. 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 Contacts:
Callie Head
chead@dickeys.com

Ashley Richardson
arichardson@dickeys.com

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