Ignite Restaurant Group Announces New Brand Leadership

  Ignite Restaurant Group Announces New Brand Leadership

New Presidents named for Romano’s Macaroni Grill and Brick House Tavern + Tap

Business Wire

HOUSTON -- March 3, 2014

Ignite Restaurant Group (Nasdaq:IRG) today announced new leadership for two of
its popular brands.

John Gilbert has been named President of Romano’s Macaroni Grill. A former
member of the Ignite Restaurant Group Board of Directors, Gilbert was most
recently Chief Executive Officer of Minnetonka, MN-based Famous Dave’s of
America. With a long history in the restaurant industry, Gilbert previously
served in top marketing roles with Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc., Yum! Brands
Inc., and Carlson Restaurants Worldwide/TGI Friday’s, Inc. He served on the
Ignite Board of Directors from January 2008 through June 2013.

“John is an outstanding leader with an extensive background of growing
national brands and we are pleased to welcome him back to Ignite,” said Ignite
Restaurant Group CEO Ray Blanchette. “As a former director, he played an
important role in developing the Ignite Restaurant Group strategic plan, and
we believe that his insight and leadership will further position Macaroni
Grill for success.”

David Catalano has been named President of Brick House Tavern + Tap. Catalano
served as President of Macaroni Grill during the transition period following
the brand’s acquisition by Ignite Restaurant Group last year. He has 25 years
of experience in the casual dining and hospitality industry, serving as Chief
Operating Officer for Rave Cinemas, Applebee’s 70-unit franchisee Apple Gold
and Hard Rock Café.

Blanchette added, “David has been a steady force for Macaroni Grill during the
brand’s critical transition phase to Ignite. With his background expanding
margins and improving operations, we are confident that he is the perfect fit
for our growing Brick House Tavern + Tap brand.”

About Ignite Restaurant Group

Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:IRG) owns and operates nearly 350
restaurants throughout the U.S. Headquartered in Houston, Ignite’s portfolio
of restaurant concepts includes Joe's Crab Shack, Romano’s Macaroni Grill 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. The company is also a franchiser for Macaroni Grill in locations
in the U.S., U.S. territories and internationally. For more information on
Ignite and its distinctive brands visit www.igniterestaurantgroup.com.

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