Ignite Restaurant Group Appoints Ann Iverson to Board of Directors

  Ignite Restaurant Group Appoints Ann Iverson to Board of Directors

Business Wire

HOUSTON -- December 10, 2012

Ignite Restaurant Group (NASDAQ: IRG) today announced  that Ann Iverson has
been appointed as an independent member of its Board of Directors, effective
December 7, 2012. Ms. Iverson was also appointed Chair of the Audit Committee
of the Board of Directors. Ms. Iverson will replace Richard P. Bermingham as
Chair of the Audit Committee, who recently notified the Company that he would
resign from the Board effective December 31, 2012.

Paul R. Vigano, Chairman of Ignite Restaurant Group, stated, “We are pleased
to add someone of Ann’s caliber to our Board. Ann’s public market board
experience, including her tenure on audit, finance and governance committees,
as well as her role as chief executive officer at numerous multi-unit concepts
is a tremendous asset for Ignite. In addition, her expertise in finance,
branding and marketing will help support Ignite’s future growth and be a
valuable resource to the entire organization.”

Mr. Vigano added, “We would also like to thank Dick for his service to Ignite
and our shareholders. He has been a thoughtful and wise voice on our Board,
and we wish him continued success in his future endeavors.”

Ms. Iverson has provided international consulting services in Carefree,
Arizona, since 1998. Prior to that, Ms. Iverson served as chief executive
officer of Laura Ashley Holdings plc, Mothercare plc and Kay-Bee Toy Stores,
as well as chairman of Brooks Sports, Inc. Additionally, she has held
executive positions with Bloomingdales and Federated Department Stores, Inc.
Ms. Iverson is also a member of the Board of Directors at Owens Corning where
she serves on the Audit and Finance Committees. Previously she served on a
number of other public company boards including Shoe Pavilion, Inc. and
Iconix. She currently is Chairman of the Board of Thunderbird School of Global
management where she has been a trustee since 2001 and a member of Financo
Global Consulting.

About Ignite Restaurant Group

Ignite Restaurant Group,Inc. owns and operates two restaurant brands, Joe's
Crab Shack and Brick House Tavern + Tap. Each brand offers a variety of
high-quality, chef-inspired food and beverages in a distinctive, casual,
high-energy atmosphere. Joe's Crab Shack and Brick House Tavern + Tap operate
in a diverse set of markets across the United States.

Contact:

For Ignite Restaurant Group
Investor Relations
Fitzhugh Taylor, 203-682-8261
fitzhugh.taylor@icrinc.com
or
Media Relations
Liz Brady DiTrapano, 646-277-1226
liz.brady@icrinc.com
 
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