Ignite Restaurant Group Announces Executive Management Promotions

  Ignite Restaurant Group Announces Executive Management Promotions

Business Wire

HOUSTON -- February 20, 2013

Ignite Restaurant Group (NASDAQ:IRG) today announced several executive
management promotions, effective immediately.

  *James F. Mazany has been promoted to President of Joe’s Crab Shack
    Restaurants. Mr. Mazany was previously the Chief Operating Officer for
    Joe’s Crab Shack and has been with the Ignite Restaurant Group for 5 ½
    years. During his tenure, Joe’s Crab Shack has produced impressive
    results, which include restaurant level margin growth of 450 basis points
    and 18 consecutive quarters of comparable sales growth.
  *James W. Kuhn has been promoted to President of Brick House Tavern + Tap.
    Mr. Kuhn was previously the Chief Operating Officer for Brick House and
    has been with the Ignite Restaurant Group for 5 ½ years. Prior to taking
    his current role, he held senior leadership positions in Restaurant
    Support Services and Joe’s Crab Shack operations. Under Jim’s leadership,
    Brick House was recently recognized by Nation’s Restaurant News as a top
    50 Breakout Brand.
  *Michael J. Dixon has been promoted to President and Chief Financial
    Officer of Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc. He was named Chief Financial
    Officer of Ignite Restaurant Group in January of this year. As Mr. Dixon
    assumes the additional role of President, he will have responsibility for
    all aspects of restaurant support services for the growing stable of
    brands under the Ignite Restaurant Group banner.
  *Edward J. McGraw has been promoted to Chief Development Officer of Ignite
    Restaurant Group, Inc. Mr. McGraw was previously the SVP of Development
    for Ignite Restaurant Group and has been with the Company for 3 ½ years.
    He will oversee the growth and management of real estate for the various
    Ignite Restaurant Group brands.

Raymond A. Blanchette, III, Chief Executive Officer of Ignite Restaurant
Group, stated, “I am pleased to recognize the accomplishments of this
management group with these promotions. We are fortunate to have strong
executive and operations leadership at Ignite and these promotions position
the Company to properly manage the growth of our growing portfolio of
restaurants and brands.”

About Ignite Restaurant Group

Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc. owns and operates 130 Joe's Crab Shacks and 15
Brick House Tavern + Taps. 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
Media Relations:
Liz Brady DiTrapano, 646-277-1226
liz.brady@icrinc.com
 
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