McAlister's® Deli Introduces New Line of Pasta Entrees Nationwide

Award-winning Fast Casual Concept Adds Chicken Bacon Jalapeno, Four Cheese Chili and Chicken Cavatappi Pasta Options to Menu

ALPHARETTA, Ga. - March 18, 2015 // PRNewswire // - McAlister's Deli, a leading fast casual restaurant chain, announced today it has introduced a new line of pasta entrees at participating restaurants nationwide. The brand now offers guests four delicious choices - Chicken Bacon Jalapeno, Four Cheese Chili, Chicken Cavatappi and Cavatappi.

McAlister's new pastas are offered in restaurant as a full entree portion as well as a choose-two portion.  These new dishes are also available as catering collections that are served with a garden salad and parmesan crostini. Guests can choose from the following:

  • Chicken Bacon Jalapeno – Cavatappi pasta with grilled chicken and creamy four-cheese sauce, lightly flavored with jalapeno peppers, applewood smoked bacon, fresh diced tomatoes and grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Four Cheese Chili – Cavatappi pasta with chili and creamy four-cheese sauce, finished with cheddar-jack cheese, fresh diced tomatoes and onions.
  • Chicken Cavatappi – Cavatappi pasta with grilled chicken and choice of sauce (four cheese, signature tomato cream or marinara) finished with fresh-diced tomatoes and grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Cavatappi – Cavatappi pasta with choice of sauce (four cheese, signature tomato cream or marinara) finished with fresh-diced tomatoes and grated Parmesan cheese.

"Our new pasta entrees are a significant menu expansion for us. Our goal is to offer our guests new, unique flavors beyond the deli that expand our lunch, dinner and catering options," said McAlister's Vice President of Global Marketing Donna Josephson. "Pasta is a differentiator for us as we continue to evolve the brand and establish McAlister's Deli as a dinner destination."

McAlister's is getting fans pumped up for pasta with its "Pasta Playoffs." Now through April 6, fans can visit www.facebook.com/TeaFreaks or www.mcalistersdeli.com/pastaplayoffs to vote daily for their favorite pasta and enter for the chance to win a pasta party.*

Technomic® has recognized McAlister's twice in its Consumers' Choice Awards for Chain Restaurants - in 2015 as top fast casual chain for pleasant, friendly service and in 2014 as the top kid-friendly fast casual chain. Franchise Business Review named McAlister's one of its "Best Franchise Opportunities for 2015" in its Franchisee Satisfaction Awards, as well as a "Top Franchise" in 2014 based on franchisee satisfaction. In 2014, Nation's Restaurant News named McAlister's a Top Limited-Service Restaurant in the Sandwich category in its Consumer Picks Survey. Also in 2014, QSR Magazine recognized the brand as one of the "Best Franchise Deals" and named McAlister's to its QSR 50 list, ranking 13th for U.S. average sales per unit in 2013. FastCasual.com also recognized the brand on its "Top 100 Movers and Shakers" list of 2014.

About McAlister's

Founded in 1989, McAlister's® Deli is a fast casual restaurant chain known for its sandwiches, spuds, soups, salads, desserts and McAlister's Famous Sweet Tea™. In addition to dine-in and take-out service, McAlister's also offers catering with a selection of sandwich trays, box lunches, desserts, a hot spud bar and more. With numerous industry accolades, the McAlister's brand has more than 340 restaurants in 24 states. The company is headquartered in Alpharetta, Ga. For more information, visit www.mcalistersdeli.com.

About FOCUS Brands Inc.

Atlanta-based FOCUS Brands Inc. is the franchisor and operator of over 4,000 ice cream shoppes, bakeries, restaurants and cafes in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 60 foreign countries under the brand names Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky's®, Moe's Southwest Grill®, Auntie Anne's® and McAlister's Deli®, as well as Seattle's Best Coffee® on certain military bases and in certain international markets. Please visit www.focusbrands.com to learn more.

*No Purchase Necessary To Enter Or Win. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., age 16 or older. Void wherever prohibited by law, or where the registration or filing requirements of any state or local jurisdiction have not been complied with. Internet access required. Odds of winning will vary. Check www.mcalistersdeli.com for Official Rules. Sweepstakes starts at 9:00 AM ET on March 17, 2015 and ends at 11:59 PM ET on April 6, 2015. Sponsor: McAlister's Corporation, 4501 North Point Parkway, Suite 100, Alpharetta, GA 30022.

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