ATLANTA, May 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Ted's Montana Grill celebrates the decision to honor bison as America's national mammal. Ted's founders Ted Turner and George McKerrow have worked towards this goal since the restaurant was established 14 years ago, with the mission of bringing bison back to America's dining table to create demand and preservation for the species.
"This is a landmark decision that recognizes bison's significance to American culture," said George McKerrow, CEO and Co-founder of Ted's Montana Grill. "Bison reflect the pioneer spirit of the American West that Ted's is founded upon. We're proud to commemorate the strides we've made since supporting the National Bison Legacy Act over the past four years, and celebrate this accomplishment."
Since opening in 2002, the restaurant group along with Ted's Montana Grill Co-Founder Ted Turner have assisted in almost doubling the size of bison herds to nearly 600,000 head. These efforts have kept bison off the endangered species list, and created a flourishing market for a once struggling mammal that was close to extinction. By featuring the biggest bison menu in the world, Ted's Montana Grill has aided in the growing interest of bison as a lean, nutritious protein. Bison has gained strength and popularity among producers, diners and environmentalists alike since it is also a natural part of the ecosystem.
With more than 90 percent of bison originating from private ranches, Turner has made a significant contribution to the restoration of this species. Owning 15 ranches on close to 2 million acres, he is one of the largest private landowners and bison ranchers in the United States.
"When founding Ted's, my vision was to share my love for bison, an American icon. I wanted my legacy to be successfully preserving this great mammal," said Ted Turner, co-founder and chairman of Ted's Montana Grill. "Bison is a sustainable species for our environment that I've always been passionate about. This is a significant time for the movement to give bison the recognition they deserve, as not only a historic symbol for our nation, but to celebrate their longevity as we look towards the future."
About Ted's Montana Grill
Inspired by the pioneer spirit of the American West, Ted's Montana Grill is a Classic American Grill committed to serving honest food accompanied with genuine hospitality. The menu is known for Authentic American dishes using simple, timeless recipes, careful preparations and fresh, local ingredients. Selections include a wide variety of made-from-scratch cuisine such as iconic, award-winning burgers, hand-cut aged steaks, premium chicken with no antibiotics, fresh fish and our house specialty, all-natural Bison.
Ted's Montana Grill was co-founded in 2002 by Ted Turner, the media entrepreneur, environmentalist and philanthropist, and award-winning restaurateur, George W. McKerrow. Headquartered in Atlanta with a total of 45 locations in 16 states, Ted's earned TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence from 2013 - 2015. To learn more or find a restaurant, visit tedsmontanagrill.com, like Ted's on Facebook, follow on Twitter and Instagram.
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