PANAMA CITY, FL (July 14, 2016) – Those cheering sounds you hear are from Bennigan’s fans who’ve seen the signs that their favorite restaurant is coming back to town!

Indeed, final preparations are underway to re-open the Bennigan’s restaurant at the Panama City Mall. And this time, the beloved home of friendly Irish hospitality, craveable chef-driven food and innovative drinks is here to stay!

Bennigan’s will officially re-open its doors on Monday, July 18, in the Panama City Mall at 2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The corporate restaurant – owned and operated by Legendary Restaurant Brands LLC and its CEO, Paul Mangiamele – will then hold its official grand re-opening celebration on Wednesday, July 20, with a special ceremony hosted by the Bay County Chamber of Commerce, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Mangiamele will join Mayor Greg Brudnicki, the Chamber and several city officials for the traditional ribbon cutting, as well as a trademark Bennigan’s flourish: An official World Famous Monte Cristo® cutting!

“The Bennigan’s brand has an enormous following in Northern Florida – and across the world – so it’s wonderful to be back,” said Mangiamele, who has led the renaissance of Bennigan’s worldwide since 2011. “The Panama City Mall is a perfect location for our restaurant and we’re looking forward to reminding residents and visitors alike just how great the casual dining experience can be!”

The restaurant, which will bring back nearly 100 jobs to the local economy, offers 16 beers on tap, 12 HD TVs and a climate-controlled in-door patio that can double as a VIP meeting room. Its menu features such signature Bennigan’s favorites as the Monte Cristo, Oh, Baby™ Back Ribs, the Turkey O’Toole, the Big Irish double-decker hamburger and a wide assortment of handcrafted specialty drinks.

“My entire team and I are excited to re-open our doors and start serving mall shoppers, beach lovers, local families and the good folks over at Tyndall,” said General Manager Sean Patrick Hall. “We absolutely love Panama City and can’t wait to share our Legendary food, drinks and hospitality with friends old and new!”

In appreciation for their dedication and sacrifices for our nation and our local community, Bennigan’s is pleased to offer a 15% discount to all active duty and retired members of the United States military as well as local police, firefighters and other first responders. (Simply present valid government ID for discount.)

Now with more than 150 restaurants open or under contract worldwide, Legendary Restaurant Brands LLC is continuing to experience strong growth while simultaneously redefining casual dining. Since the end of 2012, the company has opened new franchise locations in Clarksburg and Frederick, Md; Santa Clara and Fremont, Calif.; Melbourne, Fla., Saddle Brook, NJ; Tysons Corner, Va.; Veracruz, Mexico; Larnaca, Cyprus; and Dubai, UAE.

Additional restaurants are planned for California, Florida, Kentucky, New Jersey, Tennessee, Texas, Pennsylvania and Virginia; and internationally in Mexico, Central America, Cyprus, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and South America.

The Panama City Mall restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to Midnight Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

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Legendary Restaurant Brands owns the iconic Bennigan’s and Steak and Ale brands – the pioneers of casual dining – as well as the non-traditional, fast-casual concept, Bennigan’s On The Fly. 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 and compelling returns to all its franchisees. Steak and Ale is another American classic 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 steakhouses. Bennigan’s and Steak and Ale are celebrating their 40th and 50th anniversaries, respectively, in 2016.

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