Legendary Restaurant Brands continues aggressive expansion strategy in smaller markets with Steubenville opening
Steubenville, OH (RestaurantNews.com) Steubenville, the town renowned as the birthplace of Dean Martin, the “King of Cool,” will soon have a new claim to fame with the arrival of Bennigan’s, the iconic brand beloved across the globe for its chef-driven, made-from-scratch American fare and friendly Irish hospitality.
Bennigan’s newest restaurant, located at 185 Franciscan Square across the street from Franciscan University, will kick off its grand opening festivities on Monday, Nov. 12, at 1 p.m. with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony. The ceremony will be attended by Mayor Jerry Barilla, members of the Jefferson County Commissioners and other local dignitaries. Clergy from the university will offer a blessing for the new restaurant during the event.
Bennigan’s Franchisee Franco Carapellotti of family-owned Fraspada Management Inc. and Pittsburgh-based Prospera Hospitality – who will operate the restaurant – will be joined by Legendary Restaurant Brands Chairman and CEO Paul Mangiamele for the ceremony.
“My family calls Steubenville home and I couldn’t be more overjoyed to bring Bennigan’s to this great town,” Carapellotti said. “The local restaurant scene was starving for a brand with a rich history and national presence and Bennigan’s is the perfect fit. The new restaurant even features a mural of Dean Martin in his hometown of Steubenville. I can’t wait to provide a Legendary dining experience to this entire community, including students and faculty of Franciscan University, for years to come.”
“This is an exciting time!” said Prospera Hospitality Corporate Director of Food & Beverage Michelle LaValle-Denk. “We’re thrilled to be working with Fraspada and Bennigan’s to bring the Irish Hospitality of this Legendary Brand to Steubenville. The professionalism and experience of the team along with the offerings and design of the restaurant will prove to be a winning combination.”
The newest Bennigan’s will offer more than fifteen beers on tap, multiple HDTVs and plenty of space for guests to celebrate all of their special occasions. The flavor-forward menu features signature, made-from-scratch Bennigan’s favorites like the World Famous Monte Cristo, Oh, Baby™ Back Ribs, the Turkey O’Toole, Lina’s Crispy Chicken Sandwich, one-of-a-kind Death by Chocolate™ dessert and an innovative hand-crafted specialty beverage program.
“I’m deeply impressed by the passion the Carapellotti family has demonstrated for Bennigan’s,” Mangiamele said. “Franco is exactly the profile of franchisee that I am proud to welcome to our beloved brand. Our expansion to Steubenville aligns well with our focus on smaller markets where Bennigan’s can be an integral part of the community. I know Franco’s devotion to the brand will resonate throughout the restaurant and will ensure that we deliver a memorable dining experience to every guest, every meal, every day.”
Bennigan’s is experiencing aggressive growth worldwide to satisfy the pent-up demand for its signature menu items and reignite the emotional connection that guests feel for the brand. As it redefines the casual dining segment, Legendary Restaurant Brands LLC continues to experience significant unit growth, both domestically and internationally, while achieving solid revenue and profit growth over the last several years.
Since the end of 2012, the company has opened new franchise locations in Mandan, N.D.; Monahans, Texas; Clarksburg and Frederick, Md.; Melbourne, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Veracruz, Mexico; Larnaca, Cyprus; Obarrio, Panama; Doha, Qatar; and Dubai, UAE. Bennigan’s expansion continues to new markets like Tampa and Orlando and internationally to Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Amsterdam and Pakistan, with more than 100 additional locations in development.
Steubenville’s new Bennigan’s will open daily at 11 a.m. For more information about the restaurant, visit BennigansSteubenville.com.
For franchising information, visit Bennigans.com or call 855-GOT-BENN.
You’re with friends at Bennigan’s. The American Legend!
About Legendary Restaurant Brands
Legendary Restaurant Brands owns the iconic Bennigan’s and Steak and Ale brands – the pioneers of casual dining – as well as the non-traditional brand, Bennigan’s On The Fly. Bennigan’s is a high-energy neighborhood restaurant and tavern that is redefining and leading casual dining again. With chef-driven food, innovative drinks and warm, friendly Irish hospitality, this Legendary Brand delivers memorable dining experiences to every guest and offers a franchise model capable of compelling returns on investment. Steak and Ale is another American Original poised for a triumphant return. Redefined as a 21st Century polished-casual concept, the new Steak and Ale will once again set the standard for affordable, family-friendly steakhouses.