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Newport Independent - Newport, AR
  • Bennigan’s Announces New Restaurant Opening in Jonesboro

  • Bennigan’s Franchising Company announced today that a brand new location opened in Jonesboro, Ark. on Dec. 6, 2012.
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  • Located at 237 South Main Street in downtown, the new restaurant features the brand’s new food and beverage menus, along with recent remodel additions, including a welcoming bar and a lavish outside patio for guests to enjoy signature “Irish Hospitality.” “We are thrilled to bring Bennigan’s into Jonesboro,” said Manzar Riaz, Bennigan’s Jonesboro franchisee. “The downtown area has seen a true renaissance, and we know the community will embrace the Legendary favorites of Bennigan’s and keep coming back for more of our exceptional service and remarkable people.” A veteran of the industry, Manzar Riaz became familiar with franchising when he opened the first international Pizza Hut location in Pakistan. Riaz also owned and operated three other restaurant concepts in Dubai and Pakistan. Riaz was drawn to the growing Jonesboro community and saw the perfect opportunity to bring the iconic Bennigan’s concept into the newly expanded downtown area. He plans to open three additional Bennigan’s restaurants over the next four years. Hours of operation for the new location are from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information on the new Bennigan’s Jonesboro, call (870) 336-1962 or email Savannah Brimhall at savannah.bennigans@gmail.com. Bennigan’s has returned to its roots established 36 years ago, “bleeding green” with a determination to provide a Legendary experience to every guest, every meal, every day. The 82-unit company saw explosive growth in 2012, with new restaurant openings throughout Texas, as well as internationally in Dubai, El Salvador and Korea. Bennigan's has agreements to develop over 30 new restaurants in 2013 in New Jersey, Maryland, Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, Minnesota, Florida, Tennessee and Michigan, and international openings slated for Mexico, Cyprus and Korea. The company currently has 32 domestic and 46 international locations. New and existing Bennigan's franchisees are benefitting from the chain's Legendary comeback, which began in May 2011 when CEO Paul Mangiamele joined the company and launched a mission to bring memorable dining experiences to every guest, every meal, every day. The resulting operational and service improvements increased same-store sales at the prototype locations by double digits and introduced a new generation of Bennigan’s that speaks to the brand's history and pays respect to its heritage. As same store sales continue to increase and domestic and international growth rockets into new markets, Bennigan's is debuting a new menu and improved prototype that will continue to rekindle the emotional connection to this great brand into the New Year and beyond. About Bennigan’s
 Bennigan’s is a high-energy neighborhood restaurant and tavern that is redefining casual dining. With chef-driven food, innovative drinks and warm, friendly Irish Hospitality, this Legendary brand delivers memorable dining experiences to every guest, every meal, every day. Every member of the team "bleeds green," and the company's revolutionary comeback has introduced a new generation of Bennigan’s that speaks to the brand's history and pays respect to its heritage. An ongoing focus on modern, flexible prototypes, innovative menus and other sales generating initiatives has resulted in explosive growth both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit www.bennigans.com.

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