Legendary restaurant chain to celebrate grand opening in Lexington July 10

LEXINGTON, KY (June 29, 2017) – Lexington is about to get its first taste of Bennigan’s, the iconic brand beloved across the globe for its chef-driven American fare and friendly Irish hospitality.

The new restaurant, located at 5532 Athens Boonesboro Road, near the University of Kentucky, will kick off the grand opening festivities on Monday, July 10, at 2 p.m. with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Lexington Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Jim Gray, Councilwoman Kathy Plomin and State Senator Reginald Thomas. Bennigan’s franchisee Kenneth Moore will be joined by Legendary Restaurant Brands Chairman and CEO Paul Mangiamele for the ceremony.

“I love this area. In fact, I’ve owned the Clarion Hotel right next door since 2015,” said Moore. “I chose to franchise with Bennigan’s because of its dedication to providing guests with legendary chef-driven food, innovative cocktails and exceptional service. I’m confident that Bennigan’s will complement the entire area while adding a wonderful, family-friendly dining option for the guests of our hotel. We look forward to continuing our Lexington Legends sponsorship and becoming even more involved with this amazing city.”

The newest Bennigan’s will offer more than a dozen beers on tap, multiple HD TVs and plenty of banquet space. Its menu will feature such signature Bennigan’s favorites as the World Famous Monte Cristo, Oh, Baby™ Back Ribs, the Turkey O’Toole, the Big Irish double-decker hamburger and a wide assortment of handcrafted specialty drinks.

In addition, Lexington guests will enjoy several all-new items recently added to the menu, including three new handcrafted, half-pound Prime Burgers and Lina’s Crispy Chicken Sandwich – recently ranked by Flavor & The Menu Magazine as No. 15 in its “Best of Flavor 125 Menu Ideas.”

“I’m really proud of Kenneth on the amazing work he’s done in constructing his new Bennigan’s,” said Mangiamele. “He’s right … Lexington is a wonderful town, and the people here deserve the best casual dining experience possible. I know Kenneth and his team will uphold our brand’s commitment to delivering memorable dining experiences to every guest, every meal, every day.”

The kitchen in Lexington’s first Bennigan’s will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 12 midnight Friday and Saturday. The bar will be open from 11 a.m. to 12 midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 11-1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

As it redefines the casual dining segment, Legendary Restaurant Brands LLC continues to experience significant growth both domestically and overseas, including 50 percent AUV growth and 6 percent same-store-sales growth over the past two years. Since the end of 2012, the company has opened new franchise locations in Clarksburg and Frederick, Md; Santa Clara and Sacramento, Calif.; Melbourne, Fla., Tysons Corner, Va.; Veracruz, Mexico; Larnaca, Cyprus; Obarrio, Panama; Doha, Qatar; and Dubai, UAE; and a new corporate location in Panama City, Fla.

Additional restaurants are planned for California, Florida, Tennessee and Texas; and internationally in Mexico, Central America, Cyprus, Bahrain and Australia.

For nearest location, menu, hours and additional information, visit Bennigans.com or call the Lexington restaurant at 859.309.9945.

You’re with friends at Bennigan’s. The American Legend!


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 casual dining. 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.

For franchising information, visit Bennigans.com or call 855-GOT-BENN. This advertisement does not constitute a franchise offering. Franchise offerings are made by Franchise Disclosure Document only.