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O’Charley’s Franchise Footprint Expands to Rome, GA

O’Charley’s, the Nashville-based casual dining restaurant that has been serving the American dining public since 1972, is coming to Rome, GA. Local developers and new franchisees Wayne Robinson and Brooke Temple have begun construction on the newest O’Charley’s franchise, located at 707 Turner McCall Blvd. The restaurant is expected to open by August, 2014.

O’Charley’s bucks winter weather, industry traffic slump

Solid same-store gain helps parent's restaurant group lift EBITDA margin by 2 points. The turnaround at O'Charley's took another big step in the first three months of 2014 as the restaurant chain grew same-store sales by 2.8 percent despite many weather-related disruptions.

New East Side Village Inn location brings new look

The new Village Inn on Joe Battle will be like no other in El Paso, says vice president of the local franchise Jim Welsh.

"It's a brand new prototype. It's a new look that we haven't done anywhere in town," Welsh said.

O’Charley’s Holiday Whole Pie Menu!

We are busier than ever, how do you handle holiday meal responsibilities without sacrificing quality? O’Charley’s is aiming to lighten the load by offering guests to order and take home their fresh baked award-winning whole pies this holiday season.

American Blue Ribbon Margins On the Rise

The Nashville-based restaurant operations under the umbrella of Fidelity National Financial cranked up their profitability in the second quarter as almost all of its concepts grew same-store sales.

American Blue Ribbon Looks at Acquisitions, Texas

By the end of the year, Hazem Ouf and his team at American Blue Ribbon Holdings will have poured about $15 million into revitalizing the O’Charley’s brand in Tennessee. And they will only be a quarter of the way through their renovations.

Hometown Hero: Alcoa proclaims day for injured US Marine Brian Robbins

The guests at O’Charley’s in Alcoa were called to attention at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to bear witness to the arrival a great American hero. Five-year veteran U.S. Marine Brian Robbins of Alcoa was honored at a Hometown Hero celebration at the restaurant.

Hazem Ouf Takes O’Charley’s Down Fresh Path

Hazem Ouf, CEO of American Blue Ribbon Holdings, a Nashville restaurant-holding company whose brands include O'Charley's, has a lot on his plate, but he always makes sure to leave room for a little dessert. A favorite? French silk pie.

FSR 50: Top 10 Restaurant Groups

Changes in executive leadership, new business models, and brand acquisitions characterize a dynamic year for the industry’s largest owners of full-service restaurants.

Two local Vietnam vets honored with special night

Two Vietnam vets were honored at an East Knoxville restaurant and they didn't expect it! Harry Carroll and John Wolfe, who both fought in the Vietnam War, thought they were just grabbing a bite to eat, but it turned into much more.

O’Charley’s Launches “Free Pie Wednesday

O'Charley's Guests Nationwide Will Receive a Free Slice of Award-Winning Pie With the Purchase of Any Entrée Every Wednesday at Any of the Restaurant's Participating Locations Across 17 States

American Blue Ribbon Holdings LLC – 3rd Party Logistics

At American Blue Ribbon Holdings (ABRH) LLC, there are 13 people who manage the company’s $500 million supply chain, according to Chief Supply Chain Officer Mark Hampton. The foodservice company has more than 690 restaurants in 43 states, and Hampton admits “you either have to be laser-focused or throw a battalion of people at it” to manage such a large operation successfully, but that is exactly what ABRH is doing.

Restaurant Chains Get Makeovers

In November Max & Erma's unveiled a 'next-generation' store, the prototype for its future restaurants, featuring an expanded list of locally-brewed craft beers. "It's all about value," says Ouf. To that end, the chain has added a three-course meal priced under $10.

American Blue Ribbon Holdings names Jennifer Sanning CMO

American Blue Ribbon Holdings, parent to the Village Inn, Bakers Square and Max & Erma’s brands, has named Jennifer Sanning chief marketing officer, officials said Monday. Sanning previously worked as chief marketing officer at Rainbow Rewards, a loyalty-marketing firm.

Successful M&A Deals Mesh Management Practices, Communication and Values

When it comes to mergers and acquisitions, the hardest work may be on the soft stuff. Two-thirds of all mergers and acquisitions either fail or under perform,” said Tony Rucci, clinical professor of management and human resources at Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business. “More often than not, that has nothing to do with the strategic reason or financial assumptions of the merger.”