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Del Frisco's Restaurant Group Names Jeff Carcara as Chief Operating Officer

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Del Frisco's Restaurant Group Names Jeff Carcara as Chief Operating Officer03:00 EST Tuesday, November 13, 2012SOUTHLAKE, Texas, Nov. 13, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Del Frisco's Restaurant Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:DFRG), the owner and operator of the Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House, Sullivan's Steakhouse, and Del Frisco's Grille restaurant concepts, today announced that Jeff Carcara has been named Chief Operating Officer. An accomplished leader in restaurant operations, Mr. Carcara brings to DFRG extensive experience and a proven track record in building and leading successful teams, implementing innovative changes while preserving culture and overseeing disciplined, yet aggressive, growth. He has held positions with increasing responsibility with some of the restaurant industry's finest companies such as Hillstone Restaurant Group and Darden Restaurants. "We are very pleased to announce that Mr. Carcara will be joining our team," said Mark S. Mednansky, Chief Executive Officer of Del Frisco's Restaurant Group, Inc. "There was considerable interest in this opportunity, and it was critical that we seek out someone who truly met all of our qualification criteria.  Jeff's passion for developing an engaged passionate team, proven record of success, and ability to guide those teams through periods of strong growth makes him an ideal fit for DFRG as we build out 'next generation' full-service dining concepts." Most recently, Mr. Carcara served as senior director of operations for Seasons 52®, a growing concept within Darden's Specialty Restaurant Group. While at Darden, he was responsible for the operations and financial results of the Seasons 52® concept, lead a team of direct reports including five regional directors, designed a highly effective opening and training process, and created a talent management program.  Prior to rejoining Darden in 2004, from 2003 to 2004, he served as corporate director of food and beverage for the Kessler Collection Hotels, where he led implementation of department upgrades, re-branded and created several hotel restaurants, and implemented a nationwide purchasing program.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Carcara progressed rapidly though the Houston's system (part of the Hillstone Restaurant Group) and worked at Darden's Bahama Breeze restaurant concept. "Being invited to join Del Frisco's Restaurant Group is a once in a lifetime opportunity," said Mr. Jeff Carcara.  "I am delighted to be here and look forward to contributing to the Company's ongoing success and development." Mr. Carcara received a Bachelor of Science degree in hospitality management from the University of Central Florida, completed Level 1 certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers, and was selected to participate in the Executive Leadership Excellence Program at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.About Del Frisco's Restaurant Group Based in Southlake, TX, Del Frisco's Restaurant Group owns and operates three contemporary, high-end, complementary restaurant concepts: Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House, Sullivan's Steakhouse, and Del Frisco's Grille. The Company currently operates 34 restaurants across 20 states. Each of its three concepts offers steaks and other menu selections, such as chops and fresh seafood, complemented by an extensive wine selection. For further information about our restaurants, to make reservations, or to purchase gift cards, please visit: www.DelFriscos.com, www.SullivansSteakhouse.com, and www.DelFriscosGrille.com. For more information about Del Frisco's Restaurant Group, Inc., please visit www.DFRG.com.CONTACT: Investor Relations Contact: Raphael Gross 203-682-8253 investorrelations@dfrg.com Media Relations Contact: Liz Brady DiTrapano 646-277-1226 liz.brady@icrinc.com