JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- American Restaurant Concepts, Inc. (OTCBB:ANPZ), the operator and franchisor of America's award-winning Dick's Wings® restaurants, announced today that it has hired Hooters® veteran Rick Akam to serve as Chief Operating Officer for Dick's Wings and Grill.
Akam will join the 16-unit Dick's Wings and Grill operations effective immediately, and will direct operational improvements, growth strategies and provide seasoned expertise in brand development strategies. Akam most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer for Twin Peaks® Restaurants. He has also served as President of Hooters of America and Chief Operating Officer for Raving Brands® and First Watch® restaurants.
"Our growth strategy has been accelerating, which is why we decided to leverage Rick's deep franchise experience and proven ability to execute our operating, marketing and brand plans," said Mike Rosenberger, chief executive officer and founder of the concept. "I'm excited to concentrate my energies on identifying new markets, developing new franchisees and growing the footprint of the Dick's Wings and Grill franchise," added Rosenberger.
"I am delighted to join the American Restaurant Concepts team in this new role," said Akam. "I look forward to working closely with Mike to review all aspects of the Dick's Wings brand and contribute my experience in developing, refining and improving execution as we realize our strategy for accelerated growth. By offering unmatched quality and variety, I believe the Dick's Wings restaurant franchise is a unique brand that can expand well beyond its current markets," concluded Akam.
About American Restaurant Concepts, Inc.
American Restaurant Concepts, Inc., headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, is the owner, operator and franchisor of the Dick's Wings & Grill® full-service restaurants and Dick's Wing Express® quick-service restaurants. The company prides itself on the 365 original mouth-watering flavors it has created for its premium grade chicken wings. Dick's Wings offers customers the freshest wings, sandwiches, burgers, wraps, salads and signature waffle fries, all in a unique setting that combines a family-friendly environment with a sports-themed restaurant. Dick's Wings chicken wings have won numerous awards in Florida and Georgia, including having been voted "Best Chicken Wings in Northeast Florida" 12 consecutive years by Folioweekly magazine. Dick's Wings currently has 16 full-service restaurants and 2 express restaurants. Fifteen of the restaurants are located in Florida and one is located in Georgia. For more information on the company, please visit its website at www.dickswingsandgrill.com.
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SOURCE American Restaurant Concepts, Inc.