Del Frisco's Restaurant Group Implements Brand Presidents

Ray Risley Named Brand President of Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House

Scott C. Smith Named Brand President of Sullivan's Steakhouse

SOUTHLAKE, Texas, Jan. 24, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --   Del Frisco's Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:DFRG) is pleased to announce that the Company has named Ray Risley as Brand President of Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House and Scott C. Smith as Brand President of Sullivan's Steakhouse, effective immediately. The Company is implementing Brand Presidents to lead the management and growth of each concept with the goal of creating greater distinction between its three restaurant brands -- Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House, Sullivan's Steakhouse, and Del Frisco's Grille.  The Brand President of Del Frisco's Grille will be named at a later date.

"Having an individual Brand President for each of our three concepts will help us achieve our strategic vision," said Norman Abdallah, CEO of Del Frisco's Restaurant Group. "As we continue to focus on driving guest traffic and long-term value for shareholders, we believe that highlighting our three separate and distinguished brands will benefit our overall performance."

As Brand President of Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House, Mr. Risley will lead the operations of the concepts' 12 restaurant locations. Mr. Risley most recently held the role of Senior Vice President of Operations, Overseeing Del Frisco's Grille. Mr. Risley has been with Del Frisco's Restaurant Group for over 18 years and was a member of the team that developed the Grille concept. He also previously served as Vice President of Operations for Sullivan's Steakhouse and the Opening Regional Manager for the first Del Frisco's Grille restaurants, located in New York and Dallas.

Abdallah continued: "Ray has spent nearly his entire career with our company and not only has deep knowledge of our three concepts but also has demonstrated excellence in operational leadership. We are pleased to promote Ray to Brand President of Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House and look forward to him making immediate contributions to the brand."

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