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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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