CARLSBAD, Calif., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NTN Hospitality
Technologies, a division of NTN Communications, Inc. (Amex: NTN), a leader in
interactive communications and entertainment products for the hospitality
industry, announced today it has been awarded the contract to provide their
GuestCall(R) Paging Systems to all of Darden Restaurants' Smokey Bones
Barbeque and Grill Restaurants. Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI), is the
largest casual dining restaurant company in the world, based on number of
company-owned restaurants and overall market share.
This agreement is not the first between NTN and Darden; NTN currently
supplies seating management systems to Darden's Bahama Breeze concept, as well
as guest paging to all Olive Garden restaurants.
Mark deGorter, President and Chief Operating Officer of NTN Hospitality
states: "We're delighted Darden has selected NTN as their wireless brand
standard paging partner for Smokey Bones Barbeque and Grill and feel it is a
reflection on the importance we have placed in providing the highest levels of
service, support and commitment to the Darden organization. As Smokey Bones
Barbeque and Grill has been identified as one of their growth concepts, we're
looking forward to expanding our business within the Darden concepts which now
includes Olive Garden and Smokey Bones Barbeque and Grill paging as well as
Bahama Breeze Table Management."
NTN's GuestCall(TM) wireless paging systems are designed specifically to
help busy restaurants manage incoming customers efficiently and distinctively.
GuestCall pagers notify customers instantly when their table is ready by using
flashing lights, vibrations or beeps. Guests are freed from long lines, while
overall restaurant traffic flows more smoothly, leading to faster table turns.
NTN will begin immediate installation of GuestCall in 25 of the 80
existing Smokey Bones Barbeque and Grill restaurants as part of the retro-fit
agreement The agreement carries on to future Smokey Bones expansion, as
well. NTN will become the sole pager supplier for Smokey Bones Barbeque and
Grill for the next two years. The GuestCall(TM) paging system is a component
of NTN's Hospitality 360(R), a suite of software solutions, wireless products
and interactive entertainment designed to increase revenue, enhance the guest
experience, and improve the bottom line for every kind of hospitality concept.
Individually, each product in the Hospitality 360 suite addresses a specific
need: dramatically simplifying reservations, table management, order taking,
server and guest paging, inventory, payroll, and numerous other critical
tasks. Collectively, they become even more powerful, seamlessly linking
databases, management software, and wireless paging systems in a unified
platform to enhance every facet of the restaurant business.
NTN's Hospitality 360 suite of products, including GuestCall wireless
guest paging, will be featured at NTN's booth #830 at the International
Foodservice technology Exposition (FSTEC), October 24 - 27 in Orlando, FL.
About NTN Communications
Based in Carlsbad, CA, NTN Communications, Inc. is the parent corporation
of the NTN Hospitality Technologies segment and Buzztime Entertainment, Inc.,
a subsidiary. The NTN Hospitality Technologies segment, which focuses on
integrated front-of-house solutions for the hospitality industry, is comprised
of the NTN iTV Entertainment Network, NTN Wireless Communications, Inc., and
NTN Software Solutions, Inc. NTN Hospitality Technologies provides services
and products to leading restaurants such as The Cheesecake Factory, Darden
Restaurants, Domino's Pizza, Gaylord Entertainment, TGI Friday's and more.
About Darden Restaurants
Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI), headquartered in Orlando, Fla., owns
and operates over 1,300 Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Bahama Breeze, Smokey Bones
and Seasons 52 restaurants, with annual sales of over $5 billion. For more
information, please visit www.darden.com.
Except for historical information contained herein, this release contains
forward-looking statements which reflect management's current views of future
events and operations, including, but not limited to risks and uncertainties
including the risks of developing revenues from Darden Restaurants, Inc. and
other restaurant operators, changing economic conditions, product demand and
market acceptance, and the impact of competitive products and pricing. Other
important factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from the
forward-looking statements are discussed in the "Risk Factors" section and
other sections of NTN's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2003, which
is on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. NTN does not
undertake to publicly update or revise any of its forward-looking statements
even if new information or future events show that the indicated results or
events will not be realized.
For further information please contact: Julie Simonson, Marketing
Communications Manager of NTN Communications, Inc., +1-888-752-9686 ext. 1144,
SOURCE NTN Communications, Inc.