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UNO’s Appoints Ian Baines as President and Chief Executive Officer

  UNO’s Appoints Ian Baines as President and Chief Executive Officer

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BOSTON -- January 4, 2013

UNO Restaurant Holdings Corporation (the “Company”) today announced the
appointment of Ian Baines as its new President and Chief Executive Officer,
effective January 7, 2013. Frank Guidara, the Company’s current President and
Chief Executive Officer, will remain with the Company in a part-time
consulting and advisory capacity until July 2014.

Ian was most recently the Senior Vice President of Strategic Innovation for
Brinker International and Chili’s® Grill & Bar. In this role, he oversaw
kitchen and culinary innovation and led the design and construction team
which, among other things, was responsible for the brand’s remodeling efforts
for more than 800 company-owned Chili’s locations nationwide as well as the
design and construction of the new Chili's prototype unit.

Prior to Brinker, Ian served as President and CEO of Smokey Bones Bar & Fire
Grill. In that role, he led the transition from corporate ownership under
Darden Restaurants to a standalone private equity owned company, successfully
restructured the business and established a new senior management team and
support infrastructure. Ian also served as Smokey Bones’ President and
Executive Vice President of Operations during Darden’s ownership of the Smokey
Bones brand.

Prior to Smokey Bones, Ian worked at Brinker as a Regional Vice President of
Operations for Romano’s Macaroni Grill® and Vice President of Operations for
Brinker’s Big Bowl® Fresh Chinese and Thai brand.

Ian initially joined Brinker after spending more than a decade at
Toronto-based SIR Corp. Restaurants, serving as President and Chief Operating
Officer of Jack Astor’s Bar & Grill. Earlier in his career, he served as Vice
President of Restaurant Operations and Vice President of Food and Beverage for
Imago Restaurants in Toronto.

Ian began his restaurant industry career as a chef working both in Toronto and
London. A British native, Ian graduated from the culinary school of
Westminster College in London.

Rob Webster, the Company’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, and co-founder
and Senior Managing Director of Twin Haven Capital Partners, the Company’s
majority owner, said, “We are extremely pleased to have someone of Ian’s
caliber lead the next phase of the evolution of the Uno family of brands.
Ian’s well rounded experience, which includes a strong foundation of culinary
and restaurant operating skills, combined with leadership positions at both
Darden Restaurants and Brinker International, two well respected companies in
our industry, make Ian the perfect fit for Uno’s.”

Ian commented, “I am thrilled to be joining the Uno’s team. I am excited about
the foundation that Frank and the team have built and the opportunity to
partner with Twin Haven, the Company’s other owners and the management team,
as we work collectively to help the Uno family of brands achieve their full
potential. I feel honored to have been chosen to lead Uno’s and feel a huge
sense of responsibility to do all that I possibly can to help the team achieve
even higher levels of greatness for the business, its owners and for the
individual employees and franchisees.”

Frank Guidara served as Uno’s President and Chief Executive Officer for almost
8 years. Rob Webster noted, “Under Frank’s leadership, the Company developed
Uno Dué Go, an exciting fast-casual concept, remodeled over a third of the
company-owned restaurants, introduced numerous innovative menu items and guest
programs and was a thought leader in the industry in the area of nutrition.
Frank is turning over the reins of Uno’s on solid footing and ready for the
next stage of growth.”

Rob went on to say, “On behalf of the Board of Directors and ownership of
Uno’s, I would like to thank Frank for the significant contributions he has
made during the last eight years. Frank’s leadership, integrity and
unparalleled work ethic have led the Company through a very challenging
economic environment.”

Frank Guidara said, “I have really enjoyed getting to know Ian and believe
that he has the right balance of skills and personality to continue to
strengthen the culture at Uno’s. I am so proud of what the people in this
Company have achieved and the financial condition of Uno’s, that I personally
feel this is the perfect time for my transition to occur. I look forward to
assisting Ian in any way that I can and wish him the best of luck in his new
role.”

About UNO’s

Based in Boston, Massachusetts, Uno Restaurant Holdings Corporation includes
143 company-owned and franchised restaurants located in 24 states, the
District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates,
Honduras, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. UNO’s mission is to deliver intensely
flavorful, delicious and nutritious food in an environment of heartfelt
hospitality, and was named America’s Healthiest Chain Restaurant by Health
magazine. The Company also operates fast casual Uno Dué Go cafés, a quick
service concept called Uno Express, and Uno Foods, a consumer packaged foods
business which supplies airlines, movie theaters, hotels, airports, travel
plazas, schools and supermarkets with both frozen and refrigerated
private-label foods and UNO branded products. For more information, visit
www.unos.com.

Contact:

Press:
UNO Restaurant Holdings Corporation
Louie Psallidas
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
617-218-5215
lpsallidas@unos.com
 
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