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James J. Fenlason Appointed Southern Concepts Restaurant Group CEO and CFO

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Aug. 09, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Southern Concepts Restaurant Group, Inc. (OTCQB:RIBS), operator of Southern Hospitality Restaurant and Bar and innovator of the fast casual barbecue concept, Carve Barbecue, has named James J. Fenlason Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Fenlason has been a Board member since June of 2014 and served as the Co-Chairman. He will continue on the Board and serve as the Chairman.

Mr. Mitchell Roth has resigned as CEO to pursue other business interests and will remain on the Board of the Company. “I can think of no one better suited to lead Southern Concepts Restaurant Group forward with stability, profitability, and growth than Jim,” said Roth. “His counsel has been invaluable during his time on the board and his knowledge of the Company will make the transition seamless and his impact immediate.” Ms. Heather Atkinson has resigned as CFO and Director of Southern Concepts Restaurant Group. She will remain with the Company in the position of Controller through a transition period.

“I look forward to introducing our great food to even more people in each of our restaurants,” Fenlason said. “We will be focused on our customer experience and maximizing results for our shareholders. Much of what I learned about the restaurant business I learned from my mother who served her customers in the same restaurant for over 30 years. She had many who were so loyal that she would actually order for them when they walked through the door. My experience started with bussing tables when I was in high school and now culminates with this chance to build a great restaurant Company. I think Mom would be proud.”

Fenlason’s background includes being in C-level business management, directorships and entrepreneurial ventures ranging from Hospitality, Banking, Auto, Construction, Retail and Manufacturing with an emphasis in the areas of marketing and accounting. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Liberty University.

About Southern Concepts Restaurant Group

Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Southern Concepts Restaurant Group owns and manages three full-service Southern Hospitality restaurants in the Colorado market, and has recently introduced Carve, a new fast casual barbecue concept. The full-service Southern Hospitality concept was co-created by Eytan Sugarman, Justin Timberlake, and Trace Eyala in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. To learn more, visit www.southernconcepts.com.

Important Cautions Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The information in this news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including statements regarding the company’s business strategy and expectations. Any statements contained herein that are not statements of historical facts may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “expect,” “plan,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” or “continue,” the negative of such terms or other comparable terminology. Actual events or results may differ materially. The company disclaims any obligation to publicly update these statements, or disclose any difference between its actual results and those reflected in these statements. The information constitutes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

Company Contact: James J. Fenlason, CEO/CFO Tel 719-265-5821 Investor Relations and Public Relations Contact: Kim Shugart Tel 719-510-3881

Source:Southern Concepts Restaurant Group, Inc.