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March 14, 2016

Tony Roma’s Opens 26th Restaurant in Canada

New restaurant brings world-famous ribs to fans in Thunder Bay

ORLANDO, Fla. – March 14, 2016 – Romacorp, Inc., parent company of Tony Roma’s, announces the opening of its newest restaurant located in Thunder Bay, Canada, the largest city in Northwestern Ontario. This is the first Tony Roma’s restaurant for Romacorp’s franchisee, Thunder Bay Rib Ltd., and the 26th Tony Roma’s in Canada. Tony Roma’s has restaurants in the Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba provinces.

“Tony Roma’s first launched in Canada nearly 30 years ago, and our continued growth in Thunder Bay is a true testament to our iconic brand, our world-famous food and beverages, and the incredible passion of our franchisees,” said Stephen Judge, President and Chief Executive Officer of Romacorp, Inc. “Leena Avella-Lem and Gordie Lem have been part of the Tony Roma’s family for nearly 20 years and have helped to build the brand in Canada, and we’re excited to welcome them as our newest Canadian franchisee.”

The Thunder Bay restaurant is located on the coast of Lake Superior and is near the Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, a destination for thousands of outdoor enthusiasts each year. The 8,400 square foot restaurant seats nearly 240 people, has a full bar serving an extensive collection of beer, wine and liquor including Tony Roma’s signature Romarita®, eight 60-inch TVs throughout the restaurant, and a private dining room to accommodate business functions and social gatherings.

“We started working with the Tony Roma’s team in Calgary, Alberta, 17 years ago and our dream was to one day open our own restaurant and bring Tony Roma’s world-famous ribs to our hometown of Thunder Bay,” said Leena Avella-Lem, Managing Partner of Thunder Bay Rib Ltd. “It’s such a great brand paired with such amazing people – the fit was meant to be and our journey has just begun!”

About Romacorp, Inc.

Romacorp, Inc., is the parent company of Tony Roma’s restaurants, the world’s largest casual dining concept specializing in ribs. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, Romacorp, Inc. has more than 150 restaurant locations in more than 30 countries and is one of the most globally recognizable names in the industry. The first Tony Roma’s restaurant opened more than 40 years ago in North Miami, Florida. For more information about Romacorp, Inc. and Tony Roma’s, visit


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