|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Grand Forks, ND (February 17, 2012). The Ground Round Grill & Bar located at 2800 32nd Avenue South in Grand Forks was named 2011 Restaurant of the Year by the national chain. The award is based on overall results, contribution to the brand and community it serves, and the overall quality of its operations. “The Grand Forks Ground Round has served this community for more than two decades and continues to grow and peak in its results and how their team provides quality service and representation of the brand every day,” states Jack Crawford, President & CEO of Ground Round Independent Owners Cooperative (IOC), who presented the award to the Grand Forks Ground Round at the brand’s annual convention in Orlando, Florida this past week.
In attendance at the convention and accepting the award for his team was Matt Walkowiak, who has been the restaurant’s General Manager for nearly 10 years. Matt ads, “We are very proud of our entire team at Grand Forks Ground Round and accept this award for these employees who work hard every day to deliver the service and quality that our guests have come to enjoy for many years.” The Ground Round in Grand Forks has been open since 1985 and currently employs 85 full time and part time employees from the local area.
About Ground Round IOC The Ground Round IOC Cooperative represents a group of independent franchise owners who purchased the Ground Round Franchise Rights and Trademarks in 2004. Since their brand acquisition, the group is now debt free, expanding with 3 new openings in 2011, and offers a unique franchise model whereby it’s franchisees can not only own their own restaurant, but own an ownership/membership stake in the overall future and growth of the brand as well. The IOC presently operates 25 restaurants in 12 U.S. States, with headquarters based in Freeport, ME. Other North Dakota locations include Fargo, Bismarck and Minot, ND. For more information, visit www.groundround.com.