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Firing Up A New Smokey Bones

ORLANDO, FL, October 16, 2014 — Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill has rekindled its edgy positioning in casual dining. And now, the company is focused on igniting growth with a plan to open new restaurants in several markets. This week, Smokey Bones announces its first new restaurant opening since 2006 – to be located in Peabody, MA. Smokey Bones’ 66th restaurant (all company owned and operated) is set to fire up its grill in the first quarter of 2015.

The 7,500-square-foot restaurant will feature the “New Look” of Smokey Bones and will be its fourth in the Boston metro area. This new restaurant is part of the upscale Northshore Mall, a Simon Mall, and will be located next to Macy’s. With a 256 guest seating capacity, this location will feature an open-air, 32-seat patio area, along with newly designed, modernized brand elements throughout the restaurant.

Chris Artinian, President & CEO of Smokey Bones, is understandably fired up about the opening. “We have worked diligently over the past year to emphasize the fun and edgy environment that makes Smokey Bones such a great dining destination,” said Artinian. “Our atmosphere, in conjunction with our heightened focus on hospitality and innovative food, has made Smokey Bones the ‘go-to’ in casual dining restaurants, as opposed to the ‘me-too’ within this heavily saturated category. This has enabled us to grow – both internally, through our culture, and externally, as we identify new restaurant opportunities in a number of markets throughout the country.”

About Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill

Smokey Bones, the favorite choice for food, drinks, and fun, is a full-service bar and fire-grill restaurant that operates 65 locations in 16 states and employs nearly 3,700 people. It is owned by an affiliate of Boca Raton, Fla.-based Sun Capital Partners, whose portfolio of restaurants also includes Boston Market, Friendly’s, Johnny Rockets, Fazoli’s, Bar Louie, and other restaurant brands representing approximately 2,000 locations and $2.0 billion in sales.