Mednansky commented, "It has been my honor and privilege to work with our dedicated and passionate team for the past 18 years. Now is the appropriate time for me to retire from Del Frisco's and for new leadership to drive the Company into the future. We have built three strong concepts and I am so proud of the culture and quality people that make Del Frisco's exceptional. I have tremendous respect for Norman and I am confident that he will lead Del Frisco's to new heights benefiting our team, our guests and our shareholders."Most recently, Abdallah was an operating partner for CIC Partners, where he acted in an operating and investing role in their restaurant portfolio companies. Prior to joining CIC, Abdallah served as interim CEO of Dinosaur BBQ while establishing a restaurant investment platform for a family office with a wide mandate to invest in quality brands in the restaurant industry, leading the acquisition of Jim 'N Nick's BBQ. Previously, Abdallah led the turnaround at Romano's Macaroni Grill that resulted in a sale to Ignite Restaurant Group. Before joining Macaroni Grill (a concept owned by Golden Gate Capital) as Chief Executive Officer and President in July 2010, Norman held the same position at Sun Capital owned Restaurants Unlimited, a multi-concept company consisting of 14 brands. Earlier, Abdallah was the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Fired Up, Inc., parent company of U.S.-based casual dining chain Carino's Italian. Abdallah commented, "As a Board member over the last several years, I have witnessed Mark's limitless passion for his people and dedication to operational excellence while being both team and guest obsessed. Mark has built an exceptional platform and his positive impact on this organization will always be remembered. As we look toward the future of Del Frisco's, I am honored to lead and steward this Company and its highly regarded brands, and I will leverage the tremendous operating culture Mark built to ensure our strategic initiatives deliver meaningful shareholder returns and continue to make Del Frisco's the Employer, Provider and Investment of Choice."
About Del Frisco's Restaurant Group, Inc.Based in Southlake, Texas, near Dallas, Del Frisco's Restaurant Group, Inc. is a collection of 52 restaurants across 24 states and Washington, D.C., including Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House, Sullivan's Steakhouse, and Del Frisco's Grille. Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House serves up flawless cuisine that's bold and delicious, an extensive award-winning wine list and a level of service that reminds guests that they're the boss. Sullivan's Steakhouse is a great neighborhood place for a big night out on the town - with outstanding food, hand-shaken martinis, an award winning wine list, and live entertainment all under one roof. Del Frisco's Grille is modern, inviting, stylish and fun, taking the classic bar and grill to new heights, and drawing inspiration from bold flavors and market-fresh ingredients.For further information about our restaurants, to make reservations, or to purchase gift cards, please visit: www.DelFriscos.com, www.SullivansSteakhouse.com, and www.DelFriscosGrille.com. For more information about Del Frisco's Restaurant Group, Inc., please visit www.DFRG.com.
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