PANAMÁ, PANAMÁ (Oct. 27, 2016) – One of the world’s most beloved restaurant brands – Bennigan’s – opened its doors in the Obarrio district of Panama City on Monday, Oct. 24, bringing its friendly Irish hospitality, craveable chef-driven food and innovative drinks to this vibrant part of town.

Today, the new Bennigan’s will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate its grand opening at Calle 60 Este in Plaza Downtown Obarrio. And from 8 p.m. – 12 midnight, a private event will be held during which VIPs will enjoy a live performance by the Latin Grammy Award-winning band, Los Rabanes. The ska-rock-fusion artists from Chitré, Herrera, Republic of Panama are the first band from Central America to win a Latin Grammy in the Best Rock Album category.

The local franchisees chose the Obarrio district due to its central location between El Cangrejo and San Francisco in downtown Panama City.

Bennigan’s has enjoyed success in the Panamanian market for more than 16 years. The Obarrio restaurant replaces the local team’s previous location in the Marina, which was closed in May due to heavy construction in the area, which made it difficult for guests to get to the restaurant.

The Obarrio restaurant will be open for lunch, happy hour, dinner and late night. A special lunch menu will be served on weekdays from 12 – 3 p.m. The restaurant includes a full bar, 18 HD TVs and a comfortable outdoor seating area that is ideal for family dining, business meals and large group events.

“Our Panama franchisees are outstanding operators who share our passion for providing memorable dining experiences every meal, every day,” said Paul Mangiamele, Chairman & CEO of Legendary Restaurant Brands LLC. “They’ve built a beautiful restaurant in an extraordinary location and I have no doubt that their Bennigan’s will quickly become one of the most popular destinations in the area.”

Bennigan’s menu features such signature favorites as the World Famous Monte Cristo, Oh, Baby™ Back Ribs, the Turkey O’Toole, the Big Irish double-decker hamburger, multiple beers on tap and a wide assortment of handcrafted specialty drinks.

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; and a new corporate location in Panama City, Fla.

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 Obarrio restaurant will be open Monday through Wednesday from 12 – 11 p.m., Thursday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to Midnight and Sunday from 12 – 10 p.m.

Delivery service to Obarrio, San Francisco, Marbella, Calle 50 and other areas will be offered soon, and the franchisees plan to open two additional Bennigan’s in Panama in 2017.

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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. Bennigan’s and Steak and Ale are celebrating their 40th and 50th anniversaries, respectively, in 2016.


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