Earl Enterprises announced Thursday the asset acquisition of BRIO Italian Grille and BRAVO! Italian Kitchen from FoodFirst Global Restaurants. BRIO and BRAVO! join Earl Enterprises’ existing collection of restaurants that include Planet Hollywood, Buca di Beppo, Bertucci’s, Earl of Sandwich, Chicken Guy!, and more.
“We’re very excited about adding these restaurants to our group and look forward to not only investing in the future of BRIO and BRAVO!, but also the employees who are the backbone of these two restaurants,” said Robert Earl, chairman of Earl Enterprises. “As a bright light in this challenging time, once all locations are fully operational, we look forward to welcoming back more than 4,000 employees who have been in limbo since FoodFirst filed for bankruptcy.”
BRIO Italian Grille is a polished Italian restaurant serving dishes that include Pasta Alla Vodka, Chicken Limone, Gorgonzola Salmon Fresca, and more. Focused on using only the finest and freshest ingredients, BRIO (meaning "lively" or "full of life") operates under the philosophy that “to eat well is to live well.” Their goal is to bring the gracious hospitality and exquisite authenticity of a rustic Italian country villa into each of their restaurants. BRIO has locations in 12 states, including Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, and Utah.
At BRAVO! Italian Kitchen, guests can expect made-to-order Italian cuisine such as Chicken Marsala, Chicken Parmesan, and Pasta Woozie featuring grilled chicken, fresh fettuccine and house alfredo, and more. Prepared to perfection based on traditional regional recipes, these classic dishes, combined with an ambiance created to mirror that of a lively family gathering, ensures an unparalleled dining experience for guests. BRAVO! restaurants currently operate across 12 states, including Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
"Fans of these two beloved restaurants can rest assured that the inspired cuisine, gracious service, and unique charm that make up the brand identities of BRIO and BRAVO! will not only be preserved but nurtured to reach even greater heights by Earl Enterprises through their steadfast devotion to cultivating an environment for exceptional hospitality," the company said in a statement.
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