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Walk-On’s Executes Deal to Expand in 5 Southern States Development agreement to bring 8 restaurants to Ala., Fla., La., Miss. and Tenn.; more than 50 franchised locations now in pipeline Walk-On’s Enterprises co-founder and owner Brandon Landry announced today that the company has executed an Area Development Agreement (ADA) for eight restaurants across five Southern states with The Shane Morrison Companies, a commercial real estate firm owned by Louisiana entrepreneur Shane Morrison. The company broke ground on its first Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar franchise location in Zachary, La., in early June.

“I am impressed with Shane’s business acumen and how he has gone about building his successful organization,” said Landry. “He and his team are constructing a beautiful Walk-On’s in Zachary, and I am thrilled that he will also be leading our charge into these new markets, where I have always believed our brand would flourish.”

Walk-On’s is renowned for its signature menu featuring a taste of Louisiana served up in a game-day atmosphere by America’s Cheerleaders, who make sure every guest feels welThe agreement will introduce the come. Walk-On’s brand to eight new markets across four states, including “We are excited to bring Walk-On’s Auburn and Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Gaines- to these new states with Shane and his ville, Pensacola and Tallahassee, team,” said Scott Taylor, Walk-On’s Fla., Gulfport, Miss.; and Knoxville Enterprises President & COO. “Shane and Nashville, Tenn. Morrison will is a seasoned restaurant operator and likewise further expand the chain’s real estate expert, so we know our footprint in its home state of Louibrand is in excellent hands as we widsiana. With these and other recently en our footprint across the south.” announced commitments, Walk-On’s now has more than 50 franchise loca- Baton Rouge-based Walk-On’s – voted “Best Sports Bar in North Ameritions in its development pipeline. ca” by ESPN – now has nine loca“There simply is no sports bar brand tions: three in Baton Rouge, one each like Walk-On’s, given its unique in New Orleans, Lafayette, Houma, combination of outstanding LouShreveport and Lake Charles, La., isiana-style food, family-friendly and one in Lubbock, Texas. Other atmosphere and incredible service,” locations are on the way in Zachary, said Morrison, an LSU alumnus. “We Covington, Alexandria, Bossier City, are excited to be part of this growing Metairie and Ascension Parish, as organization and look forward to well as Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, opening in these great new markets.” San Antonio, Tyler and South Texas. Several additional markets across the Morrison owns and operates company-owned units of Santa Fe Southern United States are likewise Cattle Company, Cody’s Original on the drawing board.

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In May 2015, New Orleans Saints superstar Drew Brees and his wife, Brittany, bought into Walk-On’s Enterprises as co-owners.

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Drew pointed out that Walk-On’s is “a great place to bring my family, teammates and business colleagues” and that they were excited to help “expand the brand across the nation.”

To inquire about franchising opportunities, qualified applicants may contact Scott Taylor at franchise@walk-ons.com. For a complete menu and more information, visit WalkOnsEnterprises.com. About Walk-On’s Enterprises Walk-On’s Enterprises is arguably the most distinctive restaurant company in America. Its concepts are fresh, fun and original, from Walk-On’s Bistreaux & BarSM – voted ESPN’s “#1 Sports Bar in North America” in 2012 – to Happy’s Irish Pub and Walk-On’s Catering. Additional growth lies ahead, as the company expands on its winning combination of delicious, affordable food and drinks presented in an uncommonly warm and friendly atmosphere. For more information, visit walkonsenterprises.com, or contact Ladd Biro at Champion Management at lbiro@ championmgt.com or 972.930.9933.


Food & Beverage Magazine January 2017