DENVER  (Restaurant News Release)  Boston Market joined the fight against child hunger by participating in Share Our Strength’s Great American Dine Out® last month. The company was the largest restaurant chain to take part in the event. From September 7 through 25, customers were invited to donate $1 or more to Share Our Strength at local Boston Market restaurants and receive a coupon for a complimentary side on their next visit. This was the first year Boston Market was involved in the annual event, which supports No Kid Hungry™, Share Our Strength’s campaign to end childhood hunger in America by 2015.

Generous diners helped bring Boston Market’s total donation to $125,000 to help the nearly 17 million children in America who face hunger – that’s nearly one in four kids.

“By being part of Share Our Strength’s Great American Dine Out, we had the opportunity to draw attention to the issue of child hunger and witness the generosity of our fantastic guests,” said Tony Buford, senior vice president of operations, Boston Market. “We’re proud of what we were able to accomplish for Share Our Strength with the help of our friends and neighbors.”

In addition to furthering its philanthropic efforts, Boston Market has been busy transforming 372 of its restaurant facilities with a brand new look and feel by the end of the year. Guests visiting the new Boston Market can expect to see lots of great enhancements in their overall experience, including the presence of new dining room ambassadors to greet guests, deliver food to tables, refill drinks, bus tables and more. Boston Market has also improved employee training programs to provide enhanced hospitality. For guests dining in, Boston Market menu items are now served on real plates with silverware. Rotisserie Chicken and Oven Roasted Turkey, which have always been carved-to-order, are now carved in stations that are visible to guests. Several new gourmet sides, sandwiches and fresh tossed salads have been added to the menu. For more information on Boston Market, visit www.bostonmarket.com.

About Boston Market

Boston Market Corporation, headquartered in Golden, Colorado, has been giving time back to busy families and individuals for more than 25 years by offering fresh, home-style meals in more than 500 locations from coast to coast. Boston Market is a delicious staple of dinner tables across the nation, from fresh, never frozen chickens prepared in signature rotisserie ovens to its extensive selection of high-quality side dishes. Boston Market offers its guests taste, convenience and value. Its mouthwatering Rotisserie Chicken put quality and wholesomeness on the center of the plate. Boston Market also is one of the country’s largest providers of catering services. Its same-day ordering and delivery for corporate and personal events of all sizes make Boston Market Catering a welcome relief from traditional sandwich tray selections. Boston Market’s chef-inspired Catered Holiday Buffets feature several packages, including Deluxe, Premium and Create Your Own Buffets. The full menus for Catered Holiday Buffets are available in restaurants and online at www.bostonmarket.com/catering. Boston Market also offers no-stress gourmet Heat & Serve Holiday Banquets. Just pick up your chilled meal at any Boston Market, heat for two hours, and it is ready to serve. Heat & Serve Banquet options can be accessed at www.bostonmarket.com.

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.bostonmarket.com. For the latest news and deals, follow @bostmarket on Twitter or join our Fan Page on Facebook.

About Share Our Strength

Share Our Strength’s Great American Dine Out® is a national, week-long event that brings together thousands of restaurants and millions of consumers to help make sure there is no kid hungry in America. From September 19-25, 2010, participating restaurants representing the entire industry—from coffee shops to fine dining—raise funds in a variety of ways to support No Kid Hungry™, Share Our Strength’s national campaign to end childhood hunger in America by 2015. Share Our Strength’s Great American Dine Out is nationally sponsored by Sysco, Ecolab, American Express, USA Today and the National Restaurant Association. Visit GreatAmericanDineOut.org.

Kona Grill Board Member Announces a Donation Match for NO KID HUNGRY



Efforts to End Childhood Hunger in America is a Company Affair at Kona

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.  (Restaurant News Release)  Kona Grill (Nasdaq:KONA) announced today that raising money for Share Our Strength’s NO KID HUNGRY campaign isn’t just a restaurant affair! Board member Berke Bakay announced today that he will donate an additional 10% of funds raised by restaurants that meet the company’s goal. 

The Great American Dine Out will be held nationwide with hundreds of restaurants participating and collecting donations. Share Our Strength is a foundation raising funds to end childhood hunger in America.

Berke explained, “I am blessed to have two beautiful children and am excited to be able to participate with our restaurants in achieving No Kid Hungry.” Berke continued, “this is our first year participating in No Kid Hungry, but I’m confident we will make a difference. We have received great feedback from our employees, guests and other board members, all excited about the No Kid Hungry mission.”

About Kona Grill

Kona Grill features American favorites with an international influence and award winning sushi in a casually elegant atmosphere. Kona Grill owns and operates 24 restaurants, guided by a passion for quality food and personal service. Restaurants are currently located in 15 states: Arizona (Chandler, Gilbert, Phoenix, Scottsdale); Colorado (Denver); Connecticut (Stamford); Florida (West Palm Beach, Tampa); Illinois (Lincolnshire, Oak Brook); Indiana (Carmel); Louisiana (Baton Rouge); Michigan (Troy); Minnesota (Eden Prairie); Missouri (Kansas City); Nebraska (Omaha); New Jersey (Woodbridge); Nevada (Las Vegas); Texas (Austin, Dallas, Houston, Sugar Land, San Antonio); Virginia (Richmond). The 25th Kona Grill will open in Baltimore, MD on October 4th

For more information: www.konagrill.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/konagrill

Facebook: www.facebook.com/konagrill

Kona Grill Incorporates Foursquare Into No Kid Hungry Campaign



Restaurants Will Give Mayor Rewards to Charity From 9/19 – 9/25/10

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.  (Restaurant News Release)  Kona Grill (Nasdaq:KONA) announced today that a Foursquare element will be added to the marketing and promotions for Share Our Strength‘s Great American Dine Out.

The Great American Dine Out will be held nationwide with hundreds of restaurants participating and collecting donations. Share Our Strength is a foundation raising funds to end childhood hunger in America.

When the Foursquare Mayors check in anytime during the Great American Dine Out, a $5 donation will be made to Share our Strength. Previously, mayors received a free appetizer or sushi roll upon check-in.

Kona Grill is using other social networking and media to publicize the event; active on both Twitter and Facebook since early September. A Facebook “I Support No Kid Hungry” Badge is being spread virally, giving guests a chance to spread the word on the cause. In restaurant, $1 of every Berries & Cream Dessert will go to SOS; guests donating $1-$5 will receive a complimentary edamame, and donations over $5 will receive a pizza or flatbread on a subsequent visit.

Employees are also encouraged to share news through their own social networks. Marc Buehler, President and CEO of Kona Grill, Inc. has written a blog post that was posted on Sunday, September 19 to kick off the 7-day event. Buehler has also offered a 10% personal match to the company’s total donation. An excerpt from his entry follows.

“We are extremely blessed to live in a country with so much wealth, opportunity and freedom, yet every day there are millions of kids that don’t know where their next meal may be coming from. It is hard for me to describe the number of emotions this conjures up inside of me…but I am filled with hope. This is a great country with smart, resourceful and caring people. Together we have achieved and will continue to achieve great things.”

About Kona Grill

Kona Grill features American favorites with an international influence and award winning sushi in a casually elegant atmosphere. Kona Grill owns and operates 24 restaurants, guided by a passion for quality food and personal service. Restaurants are currently located in 15 states: Arizona (Chandler, Gilbert, Phoenix, Scottsdale); Colorado (Denver); Connecticut (Stamford); Florida (West Palm Beach, Tampa); Illinois (Lincolnshire, Oak Brook); Indiana (Carmel); Louisiana (Baton Rouge); Michigan (Troy); Minnesota (Eden Prairie); Missouri (Kansas City); Nebraska (Omaha); New Jersey (Woodbridge); Nevada (Las Vegas); Texas (Austin, Dallas, Houston, Sugar Land, San Antonio); Virginia (Richmond). The 25th Kona Grill will open in Baltimore, MD on October 4th

For more information: www.konagrill.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/konagrill

Facebook: www.facebook.com/konagrill

Bruegger’s Joins Share Our Strength’s Great American Dine Out



WASHINGTON  (RestaurantNewsRelease.com)  Bruegger’s Enterprises Inc. will join thousands of restaurants this month in a fight against childhood hunger during Share Our Strength’s annual Great American Dine Out, a week-long national restaurant event in cities across the United States. Scheduled from September 19-25, 2010, the event raises funds for No Kid Hungry, Share Our Strength’s national campaign to end childhood hunger in America by 2015 and help connect kids to the food they need to live healthy, active lives.

Bruegger’s is asking its guests to join in this important cause. Beginning September 19, guests can purchase coupon books in any of the chain’s 299 locations. A $20 value, the book is filled with discounts and free items to be used throughout the year. Most importantly, all proceeds from the $3 book will go directly to Share our Strength and its important mission of ending childhood hunger. More details are available at www.brueggers.com.

The Great American Dine Out raised nearly $800,000 in 2009 from 4,000 participating restaurants. Each year, generous restaurant partners donate a portion of the week’s sales, offer special promotions or collect donations from their customers. This is Bruegger’s second year of participation, and the bakery cafe operator hopes to double its contribution and raise at least $25,000 for the worthy cause.

“Bruegger’s continually supports its neighbors in every community we serve, through national efforts and local fundraisers,” said James J. Greco, CEO of Bruegger’s. “Great American Dine Out gives us a way to engage customers in a worthy cause and to join with our industry colleagues to make a real difference in the lives of children.”

For a list of participating restaurants and more information about Share out Strength’s Great American Dine Out, please visit www.GreatAmericanDineOut.org.

About Bruegger’s Enterprises, Inc.

Bruegger’s Enterprises, Inc., an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners, Inc., is a leader in the fast casual restaurant segment. In its 299 locations in 26 states, the District of Columbia and Toronto, Bruegger’s is dedicated to serving delicious, authentically made food that brings guests back again and again. Founded in 1983, Bruegger’s is headquartered in Burlington, Vermont and supports its neighbors in every community it serves. For more information, please visit www.brueggers.com or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/brueggers.

Taco Bueno to Participate in the Great American Dine Out



DALLAS  (RestaurantNewsRelease.com)  Taco Bueno has signed on to participate in Share Our Strength’s Great American Dine OutTM. This year, the Mexican quick service restaurant will sell coupon books for $2 in each of their participating stores. Each book contains coupons worth $5 in Bueno food. To get a jump-start on their efforts, customers will be able to purchase the coupon books Sept. 10–25.

This important event unites restaurants like Taco Bueno and encourages millions of people to dine out to help end childhood hunger in America. All Taco Bueno Dine Out proceeds will be donated to community organizations throughout the country whose programs strive to aid hunger-stricken children.

“It is heartbreaking to know that children are going hungry and missing meals every day in our country,” said John C. Miller, President, Taco Bueno Restaurants. “Taco Bueno is honored to participate in The Great American Dine Out as this allows us, and our customers, the opportunity to help end childhood hunger in our great land.”

Restaurants across the nation will participate in the Great American Dine Out in a variety of ways, including donating a percentage of sales during the week and collecting donations from guests and/or employees. Share Our Strength has raised over $265 million for hunger-related programs.

For more information about Share Our Strength and the Great American Dine Out, visit www.strength.org.

About Taco Bueno

Taco Bueno is a Mexican quick-service restaurant concept that offers Fast Casual Quality at Fast Food Price and ConvenienceTM. Founded in 1967 in Abilene, Texas, Taco Bueno today has nearly 190 locations in Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Find out more about Taco Bueno by logging on to www.tacobueno.com.

About Share Our Strength

Share Our Strength® is a national organization working to make sure no kid in America grows up hungry. We weave together a net of community groups, activists and food programs to catch children at risk of hunger, and surround them with nutritious food where they live, learn and play. For more information, please visit www.strength.org.

Captain D’s Joins Share Our Strength’s Great American Dine Out September 2010



Restaurants Across the Country Embrace Week-Long Event to End Childhood Hunger in America

NASHVILLE  (RestaurantNewsRelease.com)  Captain D’s is proud to announce its participation in Share Our Strength’s Great American Dine Out®, a week-long national restaurant event in cities across the United States. From September 19-25, 2010, thousands of restaurants, including Captain D’s will join together in raising funds to support No Kid Hungry™, Share Our Strength’s national campaign to end childhood hunger in America by 2015.

Guests are invited to visit their local Captain D’s during the month of September and by donating just $3, they’ll receive over $6 in Captain D’s coupons.   Last year, Captain D’s along with nearly 4,000 restaurants of every size and type helped the Great American Dine Out raise nearly $800,000

“We’re proud of our continued participation in the Great American Dine Out and we’re thankful for our guests who’ve helped us rally around this cause each year.  Joining our efforts with the entire restaurant industry encourages us that we can make progress towards that tough but achievable goal of ending Childhood hunger in America,” according to Sandy Smith, Senior VP of Marketing, Captain D’s, LLC.

Millions of consumers play a vital role in this initiative; their choice to dine out at participating restaurants will help feed children in need all across America. Nearly 17 million children in America—almost one of every four—lack the resources to put healthy meals on the table every day. Share Our Strength is ending childhood hunger in America by 2015 by connecting these kids to the food they need to live healthy, active lives.

The Great American Dine Out is sponsored by Sysco, Ecolab, American Express, USA Today and the National Restaurant Association.

About Captain D’s

Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, Captain D’s owns, operates and franchises some 550 restaurants in 26 states, plus military bases around the world.  Captain D’s offers its customers great seafood at reasonable prices in a relaxed environment.  Captain D’s restaurants serve a widely varied seafood menu that includes freshly prepared entrees, and the company’s signature fried fish which is freshly hand-battered and prepared to order to ensure freshness.  The restaurants also offer premium-quality baked or broiled fish, as well as shrimp, chicken, an expanded selection of home-style side dishes, hushpuppies, desserts and freshly brewed, southern style sweet tea, a Captain D’s favorite.  Please visit www.captainds.com.

About Share Our Strength

Share Our Strength®, a national nonprofit, is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting children with the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, active lives. Through its No Kid Hungry™ campaign—a national effort to end childhood hunger in America by 2015—Share Our Strength ensures children in need are enrolled in effective federal nutrition programs, invests in community organizations fighting hunger, teaches families how to cook healthy meals on a budget, and builds public-private partnerships to end hunger, both nationally and at the state level. Working closely with the culinary industry and relying on the strength of its volunteers, Share Our Strength hosts innovative culinary fundraising events and develops pioneering cause marketing campaigns that support No Kid Hungry. Visit Strength.org to get involved.

Liberty Restaurant Group Joins Share Our Strength’s Great American Dine



St. Louis, MO  (RestaurantNewsRelease.com)  Liberty Restaurant Group (LRG) is proud to announce its participation in Share Our Strength’s Great American Dine Out®, a week-long national restaurant event in cities across the United States. From September 19-25, 2010, thousands of restaurants, including LRG with its’ 23 Burger King locations in the St. Louis metropolitan area will join together in raising funds to support No Kid Hungry™, Share Our Strength’s national campaign to end childhood hunger in America by 2015.

Last year, nearly 4,000 restaurants of every size and type helped the Great American Dine Out raise nearly $800,000 by donating a portion of the week’s sales, offering special promotions, or collecting donations from their customers. One of the most successful promotions that will be used broadly again this year was a coupon that customers receive from the restaurant by making a minimum donation to Share Our Strength’s Great American Dine Out; the coupon provided a discount or free item on a future visit to the participating restaurant. This year, LRG is participating by doing a coupon for a free kids meal of any kind and for each coupon that is redeemed a donation of 25cents will be made.

“We chose to participate because the Great American Dine Out supports our commitment to the youth and the initiatives that we have already put in place to invest into our own backyard,” says Kelly Hasty, Liberty Restaurant Group.

The Great American Dine Out is sponsored by Sysco, Ecolab, American Express, USA Today and the National Restaurant Association.

About Liberty Restaurant Group

Liberty Restaurant Group (LRG) was founded in 2006 and is the franchisee that owns and operates 23 Burger King locations in the St,. Louis metropolitan area. Very active in the community, LRG is committed to the youth and supports various organizations including but not limited to; Sherwood Forest Camp, the Racing to Read Charitable Foundation, HavenHouse, the Red Cross and many others. For more info visit www.lrgbk.com

About Share Our Strength

Share Our Strength®, a national nonprofit, is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting children with the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, active lives.  Through its No Kid Hungry™ campaign—a national effort to end childhood hunger in America by 2015—Share Our Strength ensures children in need are enrolled in effective federal nutrition programs, invests in community organizations fighting hunger, teaches families how to cook healthy meals on a budget, and builds public-private partnerships to end hunger, both nationally and at the state level. Visit Strength.org to get involved.

Contact

The Devin James Group
Devin S. James, Sr., President/CEO
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