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Maggiano's Drops Anchor in Annapolis Bringing 165 Jobs to "America's Sailing Capital"



 Maggiano's Drops Anchor in Annapolis Bringing 165 Jobs to "America's Sailing
                                   Capital"

Guests can get first bite of made-from-scratch, Italian-American cuisine at
Westfield Annapolis mall starting Oct. 14

PR Newswire

ANNAPOLIS, Md., Oct. 9, 2013

ANNAPOLIS, Md., Oct. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for National Pasta
Month this October, Maggiano's Little Italy^® is bringing the authentic,
Italian-American menu, generous family style portions and distinct ambiance
the brand is known for to Annapolis, Md. On Monday, Oct. 14 the doors to
Maggiano's first restaurant in the city and 45^th location nationwide open at
Westfield Annapolis mall, giving guests the perfect place to enjoy their
favorite pasta dish during the widely celebrated food holiday.

The restaurant seats approximately 300 guests and boosts the local economy by
adding 165 new jobs to Maryland's state capital. With locations in nearby
Chevy Chase, Washington, D.C. and Tysons Corner, Va., this brings the total
number of Maggiano's employees in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area
to more than 500. 

First established by renowned restaurateur Richard Melman in downtown Chicago
in 1991, Maggiano's recreates the welcoming environment, classic Italian
dishes and hospitable service of "Little Italy" neighborhoods from 100 years
ago, such as Taylor Street in Chicago, the North End of Boston and North Beach
in San Francisco. Today, the brand, which was named the "Nation's Favorite
Casual Dining Restaurant Chain" in the 2013 national survey by Market Force
Information and the "2012 Best Casual Dining Italian Restaurant" in the annual
Harris Poll EquiTrend^® Rankings, satisfies millions of guests in restaurants
from coast to coast.  

With a scratch kitchen led by Executive Chef Andrew Swindell, Maggiano's
Annapolis expands the brand's reach and reputation, serving up a diverse array
of menu offerings, from signature pastas and baked specialties like the Famous
Rigatoni "D"^® to family style dining, an endless, three-course meal where
guests can choose from 15 appetizers and salads, 36 pastas and entrées, and
eight desserts to complete the occasion.  

Another menu item sure to be a hit in Annapolis is the brand's popular "On The
House Classic Pasta" offering, which sends any guest who orders one of eight
craveable dishes in-restaurant home with a second pasta, compliments of Chef
Swindell. Starting at $12.95, Maggiano's guests across the country have fallen
in love with this generous take home offer. In fact, Maggiano's has given away
more than 7.5 million Classic Pastas since launching the platform in 2009,
keeping alive the spirit of generosity that thrived in the original Little
Italy neighborhoods where no guest ever went home without leftovers in their
arms. 

Additionally, Maggiano's offers an extensive selection of acclaimed wines
including Salute Amico, an exclusive partnership with the world-renowned
Ruffino winery. With more than 50 wines available by the glass, wine
enthusiasts will certainly find varietals they cherish and discover new
favorites. Guests can also experience the brand's premium twist on nostalgic
beverages with eight Handcrafted Classic Cocktails. Drinks like The Perfect
G+T and the signature Elderflower Collins are proudly crafted with fresh
juices and premium spirits. Premium Happy Hour is offered Monday – Friday from
3 – 6 p.m. in the dining room, bar and lounge, and features $3 premium draft
beers, $4 flatbreads, $5 wines by the glass from the prestigious Coppola
winery, and $6 specialty cocktails.

In conjunction with Chef Swindell is Managing Partner Terry Gibbons, who
oversees restaurant operations for Maggiano's Annapolis. Swindell was promoted
after a successful run as executive sous chef in Chevy Chase, and Annapolis
marks the third Maggiano's restaurant opening for Gibbons. 

"Maggiano's passion is making people feel special, and we bring this to life
every day through our authentic, Italian-American menu, culinary-trained chefs
and attentive teammates who are as dedicated to creating a great dining
experience as they are about giving back to the community where our guests
work and live," said Gibbons. "Annapolis is a thriving area with the historic
significance of a state capitol and is the perfect backdrop for Maggiano's
warm, nostalgic atmosphere reminiscent of the golden age in Little Italy. We
are excited to open our doors and invite our friends and neighbors to dine
with us for lunch, dinner or any special occasion."   

Understanding the importance of guests' special dietary needs, Maggiano's
talented culinary team is also able to customize dishes for those with food
allergens or Celiac disease. Upon learning of a table with diet
specifications, the brand's executive chefs are known to personally visit the
guest to walk them through their options, which include gluten-free pastas and
sauces, and explain how the restaurant's scratch kitchen makes every effort to
accommodate the request.

Located at 2100 Annapolis Mall in the Westfield Annapolis shopping mall,
Maggiano's offers lunch, dinner, carryout and delivery options. The bar and
dining areas are open from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday – Thursday; 11 a.m. – 11
p.m. Friday and Saturday; and noon – 9 p.m. on Sunday. Ample parking is
available. For more information or to make a reservation, call Maggiano's at
(410) 266-3584 or visit www.maggianos.com.   

Maggiano's Little Italy^® specializes in Italian-American cuisine served in a
warm and friendly atmosphere. Maggiano's menu features both classic and
contemporary recipes – authentic pastas, signature salads, prime steaks, fresh
seafood, regular chef specials and specialty desserts. Maggiano's 45 locations
nationwide offer lunch, dinner, delivery and carryout service. Banquet spaces
for special occasions are also available at select restaurants. Maggiano's is
owned and operated by Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT), one of the
world's leading casual dining restaurant companies, serving more than one
million guests daily. Brinker owns or franchises nearly 1,600 restaurants in
33 countries and two territories. In addition to Maggiano's, Brinker owns and
operates Chili's^® Grill & Bar.

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(http://twitter.com/maggianos), YouTube (www.youtube.com/maggianoslittleitaly)
and Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/maggianos). For more information, please
visit http://www.maggianos.com.

SOURCE Maggiano's Little Italy

Website: http://www.maggianos.com
Contact: Amy Smith, Write Ideas, Inc., (301) 294-2424, amy@writeideas.com, or
Ashley Johnson, Maggiano's Little Italy, (800) 775-7290,
ashley.johnson@brinker.com
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