October 20, 2015 // Franchising.com // ALPHARETTA, Ga. - McAlister’s Deli®, a leading fast casual chain, is highlighting its new Chicago Style Sausage Sandwich and Pasta and giving fans the chance to win the ultimate date night in Chicago now through Oct. 30. The “McAlister’s Ultimate Date Night (Chicago Style)” grand prize winner will receive airfare for two to the “Windy City,” a one-night stay at The Drake Hotel and a $500 Visa gift card.
“At McAlister’s, we’re all about featuring a variety of American Regional Favorites and these new menu items showcase the big and bold flavors found in the city of Chicago,” said McAlister’s Vice President of Global Marketing Donna Josephson. “So what better way to celebrate our Tea Freaks than giving them the chance to visit the city that inspired us while enjoying the ultimate date night — Chicago style!”
Through Oct. 30, fans can participate in “McAlister’s Ultimate Date Night (Chicago Style)” sweepstakes by visiting www.facebook.com/TeaFreaks or http://www.mcalistersdeli.com/ultimatedatenight to vote for their sandwich or pasta preference and to enter the sweepstakes.
McAlister’s Chicago Style Sausage Pasta features spicy Italian sausage served with roasted multi-colored bell peppers mixed with herbed marinara and garnished with fresh Parmesan. The Chicago Style Sausage Sandwich features spicy Italian sausage served with melted provolone cheese, herbed marinara and roasted multi-colored bell peppers on a toasted baguette. These new hearty, full-flavored dishes are part of McAlister’s ongoing goal to offer guests new, unique flavors beyond the deli.
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 2015, McAlister’s ranked #134 on Franchise Times’ Top 200+ list and Nation’s Restaurant News named McAlister’s the No.12 limited-service chain in its Consumer Picks Survey. FastCasual.com also recognized the brand on its “Top 100 Movers and Shakers” list of 2015. This year, QSR Magazine recognized the brand as one of the “Best Franchise Deals” and last year named McAlister’s to its QSR 50 list, ranking 13th for U.S. average sales per unit in 2013.
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 337 restaurants in 24 states. The company is headquartered in Alpharetta, Ga. For more information, visit www.mcalistersdeli.com.
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.