Tony Roma’s Celebrates Ribs and Bibs for National Baby Back Ribs Day

Fans have the ultimate chance to celebrate with Tony Roma’s through a special Baby Back Ribs offer and by competing for prizes in Tony Roma’s #RibFace Contest and Inaugural Rib Eating Competition

ORLANDO, Fla. – August 28, 2017 – Romacorp Inc., parent company of Tony Roma’s, is rolling out the “rib carpet” for fans to celebrate the sauciest of holidays, National Baby Back Ribs Day. Tony Roma’s started the Baby Back Ribs craze in 1972 when Chef David Smith decided to throw ribs on the grill and slathered them with his special BBQ sauce, what is now Tony Roma’s famous Original BBQ Sauce. The combination was an instant hit and quickly became one of America’s favorite meals and a hugely iconic dish around the world.

As the world’s largest restaurant chain specializing in ribs, Tony Roma’s celebrates National Baby Back Ribs Day in three fun and exciting ways their fans will love:

  • Special Baby Back Ribs Offer – From August 28th to September 3rd, participating USA Tony Roma’s locations give guests the opportunity to celebrate the dish that made Tony Roma’s famous by offering a half rack of Baby Back Ribs with any entrée for just $6. Fans around the world know that there is nothing quite like Tony Roma’s Baby Back Ribs, and an offer like this will be hard for anyone to refuse.
  • Tony Roma’s #RibFace Contest – Through September 2nd, Tony Roma’s USA fans are encouraged to make the most of this saucy holiday by entering the #RibFace contest for a chance to win free Tony Roma’s Baby Back Ribs for an entire year. It’s easy to enter, with fans simply uploading a photo of themselves on social media diving face first into Tony Roma’s world-famous Baby Back Ribs with the hashtag #RibFace.
  • Tony Roma’s Inaugural Rib Eating Competition – On September 3rd, Tony Roma’s restaurants in Orlando, FL., Miami, FL., Laredo, TX. and McAllen, TX. will hold a saucy competition to crown the 2017 Tony Roma’s Rib Eating Champion. Fans will love sinking their teeth into racks of Tony Roma’s world-famous Baby Back Ribs as they dive in face-first for the chance to show their rib eating prowess and win great prizes – including free Tony Roma’s Baby Back Ribs for an entire year.  With support from competition sponsor Coca-Cola®, this is an event truly worthy of rolling out the “rib carpet”!

“We want our fans to get extra saucy on National Baby Back Ribs Day with our unbeatable deal and our fun #RibFace social media contest,” said Jim Rogers, Chief Marketing Officer for Romacorp, Inc. “Having declared National Baby Back Ribs Day a few years ago, Tony Roma’s is thrilled to continue celebrating this delicious holiday, and we can’t wait for our fans in Florida and Texas to come out and participate in this year’s inaugural Rib Eating Competition taking place on the sauciest day of the year.”

For more information about what locations are participating in the National Baby Back Ribs Day special, as well as information on Tony Roma’s #RibFace Contest and Tony Roma’s Rib Eating Competition, please visit www.tonyromas.com.

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 nearly 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 45 years ago in North Miami, Florida. Tony Roma’s is also proud to partner with the Make-A-Wish Foundation (www.cnfl.wish.org), one of the world’s leading children’s charities, in an effort to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses across Central and Northern Florida.  For more information about Romacorp, Inc. and Tony Roma’s, visit www.tonyromas.com.

Please visit www.tonyromasfranchise.com or call (866) 981-0586 for information about Tony Roma’s franchising opportunities.

Media Contact:
Esther McIlvain
Uproar PR for Romacorp, Inc.
(321) 236-0102 x 230
emcilvain@uproarpr.com

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The Weird Connection Between Tony Romo and Tony Roma’s

A fun segment aired on Stories from Texas National Public Radio about the connection between Tony Roma’s, Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys and more!

Take a listen and a read through the text here.

 

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Tony Roma’s I-Drive reboot will change everything about the rib joint

Orlando Weekly came into the new Orlando location to check out the updated decor and menu!

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Tony Roma’s I-Drive reboot will change everything about the rib joint

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The main dining room at Tony Roma's on International Drive. - IMAGE COURTESY TONY ROMA'S

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  • The main dining room at Tony Roma’s on International Drive.

Before last week, I’d only been to a Tony Roma’s one time — after a funeral. The food was, shall we say, appropriate. Since then, I haven’t been back, and have shared the general feeling of my generation when it comes to the Famous For Ribs restaurant: It’s old, boring and mediocre.

My visit to the new, revamped Tony Roma’s on International Drive across from Pointe Orlando changed my opinion completely.

The new Tony Roma’s was not only chic but sophisticated, with a private dining area perfect for holiday gatherings, family reunions and birthday bashes, a well-stocked bar with mixologists who really know what they’re doing, and a warm and open floor plan that feels as cozy as TR would have wanted it to. In the words of CEO Stephen Judge, “This is Tony Roma’s mid-life crisis. This is his Corvette.”

Beyond the decor (Roma Corp is obviously very good with design, as I mentioned in my review of TR Fire Grill), the food was so good I was shocked. Everything that came out of the kitchen was thoughtful, hot (one of my biggest pet peeves is lukewarm food), well-executed and full of flavor. It’s difficult to make crowd-pleasers like ribs, meatballs and Buffalo wings interesting and fun, but the new Tony Roma’s did it.

In culinary school, we were taught that a good sauce covers a lot of sins, and if there’s something that Tony Roma’s knows how to do, it’s make sauce. That being said, there weren’t a lot of sins to cover, so the sauces did exactly what they were supposed to do: enhance.

Here are some of our favorite plates from TR’s newly minted lineup (about 85 percent of the items are new).

APPETIZERS/SMALL PLATES

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Pork-Strami Ribs
They’re admittedly weird, but they’re so good. The mustard BBQ sauce recalls Carolina ‘cue, and the pastrami seasonings complement the baby backs as well as they do fatty brisket from which pastrami is made. Inspired. ($6)

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Chicken Lollipops
OK, yeah, the coleslaw is runny. But THANK YOU, Tony Roma’s, for figuring out a way to “french” chicken wings so eating them isn’t a 10-napkin affair. Watch for these to make their way to TR Fire Grill’s menu in the coming months. ($10)

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Blazin’ Buffalo Ribs
There are certain things on restaurant menus known as “critic bait” – bizarre preparations meant to lure in restaurant reviewers and test the kitchen’s mettle. These are one. The ribs are coated with crushed Ritz crackers, deep-fried and then covered with TR’s buffalo sauce. The best advice we can give for these is to dive in right when they get to the table so the Ritz crumbs don’t get soggy. If you don’t, you’ll sacrifice the texture, but the flavor will still be there. ($6)

ENTREES

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Boneless Beef Short Rib
Another instance where the sauce carried the day, the long-braised rib pulls apart like buttah and you’ll want to tilt your dish slightly so the red-wine demi-glace coats the mash as much as possible. Also a good choice for those exercising portion control. ($18)

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Lamb Ribs
As far as I know, there aren’t any other restaurants in town serving full racks of lamb ribs. They’re fatty and unctuous and, according to management, incredibly popular with Tony Roma’s Indonesian market. They’re glazed with a sweet plum and tarragon sauce and served with asparagus, which I always eat with my fingers anyway – even at restaurants – so you literally need no flatware for this dish. ($28)

DESSERT

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Crispy Brownie Bite Sundae
Just as a warning, we were served a half portion (the whole one comes in a giant skillet and could feed half a small town). Fried brownie, scoops of ice cream, chocolate drizzle – it’s all too indulgent, and exactly what a cheat dessert should look like. Thank God for those strawberries. ($6.50)

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Banana Cream Pie
The ratio of actual banana pie to whipped cream is completely off, but the textures here are what make the dessert sing (pardon the bizarre plating, too). Banana custard sits inside a cookie crust with banana slices, cookie crumbs and mini Chessmen cookies. Oh, and an Everest of superfluous whipped cream. ($6.50)

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Seasonal Cobbler & Vanilla Ice Cream
First off, I’d like to point out that the seasonal cobbler was peach and blackberry, which is literally my favorite cobbler of all time, so I started out biased anyway. But this cobbler is perfection. Not an overstatement. The vanilla ice cream, warm fruit, fluffy and crunchy topping and fresh berry garnish all equal a home run. Order this one for sure. ($6)

Tony Roma’s
8560 International Drive
407-248-0094
tonyromas.com

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Tony Roma’s New Global Prototype Restaurant in Orlando Receives Strong Acclaim from Guests and Industry Media

Redefined dining experience, exciting new menu innovation, and an enhanced beverage platform transform brand experience

ORLANDO, Fla. – November 1, 2016 – Romacorp, Inc., the parent company of Tony Roma’s, recently debuted its new global prototype Tony Roma’s restaurant on International Drive in Orlando, Fla. The brand and restaurant transformation has been met with enthusiastic feedback from local, national and international guests and influential industry media. In just a few weeks, the new restaurant has already seen incredible feature stories from leading publications including Scott Joseph Orlando, Restaurant News, Orlando Date Night Guide, The Primlani Kitchen, and Franchising.com.

“We are overwhelmed at the incredible initial response we are seeing from Tony Roma’s fans and industry media to our brand transformation,” said Stephen K. Judge, President and Chief Executive Officer for Romacorp, Inc. “Our Orlando prototype is setting the standard for all future Tony Roma’s restaurants, and we are thrilled to have had the chance to redefine the brand experience while putting fun back into our food and innovating around what we do best: ribs.”

As the world’s largest casual dining concept specializing in ribs, Tony Roma’s popularized baby back ribs nearly 45 years ago and brought the experience of American ribs and grilling to fans around the world. The new global prototype builds on this strong heritage and positions the brand for future domestic and international growth by transforming the restaurant environment, service approach, and food and beverage offerings to meet the demands of today’s consumer.

Key elements of the new restaurant that have excited fans and media include:

  • A new modern interior and exterior décor package with flexible dining spaces to satisfy a variety of guest occasions – family dining, couple’s date nights, business meetings, watching the game, a quick bite and a drink, celebrations, or relaxing with friends after a long day
  • The most extensive menu development ever done by Tony Roma’s, with over 35 new menu items for guests to explore in addition to enjoying all-time guest favorites such as Baby Back Ribs, the Onion Loaf, Kickin’ Shrimp and the Romarita®
  • A sensational new menu with a renewed focus on rib innovation – including the introduction of Lamb Ribs and industry first innovations such as the new Blazin’ Buffalo Rib™ and Pork-strami Rib™
  • A new “Bones & Bites” menu, designed to give today’s consumers the ability to customize their dining experience and create their own flavor adventure from a variety of small plates with bold flavors
  • An enhanced beverage platform with modern cocktails, such as the new Romatini®, and 20 domestic, international and local craft beers poured through an eye-catching red “fire hydrant” draft system
  • An inviting new indoor/outdoor bar and patio with a fireplace and dazzling views of the Orlando Eye and the vibrant International Drive
  • Three state-of-the-art private dining rooms equipped with a full range of audio visual equipment, the perfect place for business events, meetings, family celebrations and social gatherings

“We pushed the limits with the development of our new menu, experimenting with new types of ribs, cooking methods and sauces to create first of their kind craveable dishes that can’t be found anywhere else,” said Chef Bob Gallagher, Senior Vice President of Culinary. “When Baby Back Ribs were introduced to our menu in 1972, they were an instant hit. With this menu, we wanted to stick to those roots, adding new, truly innovative next generation Tony Roma’s ribs to our world-famous Baby Back Ribs, Beef Ribs and St. Louis Ribs.”

Let the celebration begin!

To learn more about the Tony Roma’s transformation and experience the innovative changes, click here: https://youtu.be/lnUnhB7a7Ys.

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 www.tonyromas.com.

Please visit www.tonyromasfranchise.com or call (866) 981-0586 for information about Tony Roma’s franchising opportunities.

Media Contact:

Esther McIlvain

Uproar PR for Romacorp, Inc.

(321) 236-0102 x 230

emcilvain@uproarpr.com

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Tony Roma’s Continues Successful Growth in Malaysia

Second location in Johor Bahru marks the 12th Tony Roma’s restaurant in Malaysia

ORLANDO, Fla. – October 27, 2016 – Romacorp, Inc., the parent company of Tony Roma’s, announces the opening of its newest restaurant, located in Johor Bahru, the capital of the Malaysian state of Johor. This is the 12th restaurant in Malaysia for Romacorp’s franchisee, Grand Companions Sdn Bhd, which opened its first Tony Roma’s in 2006 at Sunway Pyramid in Selangor, Malaysia.  Grand Companions Sdn Bhd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Revenue Valley Sdn Bhd.

“We could not be more proud of the continued success of Tony Roma’s in Malaysia, and we are excited that this new restaurant will bring our world-famous Tony Roma’s ribs and dining experience to new fans in Malaysia,” said Stephen K. Judge, President and Chief Executive Officer of Romacorp, Inc. “George Ang and the Grand Companions Sdn Bhd team have been a true pleasure to work with, and they are incredible stewards of the Tony Roma’s brand.  Their restaurants are a testament to their passion for the brand and commitment to creating incredible guest experiences.”

The new Tony Roma’s restaurant is located at AEON Mall Tebrau City, which is AEON’s second largest mall worldwide. The restaurant is 4,837 square feet, seats nearly 250 guests, has two TVs, and has covered outdoor seating for guests to relax and enjoy the weather.  The restaurant is located near Fanpekka, a Finnish conceptual theme park for kids, that is the first of its kind in South East Asia. This makes Tony Roma’s the perfect place to dine with family and friends after a fun day of theme park thrills and shopping excursions.

“We are very excited to open our 12th Tony Roma’s in Tebrau, just a short five months after the opening of our 11th restaurant in Mahkota Parade, Melaka,” said George Ang, Chief Executive Officer of Revenue Valley Sdn Bhd. “We know this latest location will draw in more Tony Roma’s fans, just like our other locations, which are tantalizing the taste buds of Johoreans and Singaporeans alike, with irresistible and innovative lamb and beef ribs, a vibrant and fun dining experience, and exceptional service.”

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 www.tonyromas.com.

Please visit www.tonyromasfranchise.com or call (866) 981-0586 for information about Tony Roma’s franchising opportunities.

Media Contact:

Esther McIlvain

Uproar PR for Romacorp, Inc.

(321) 236-0102 x 230

emcilvain@uproarpr.com

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Where to Eat in Orlando Right Now! #Orlando

The Primlani Kitchen posted an article of restaurants you should eat in Orlando and included Tony Roma’s in I-Drive!

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Tony Roma’s Brings Fans “Home for the Holidays” with Tasty Comfort Foods Packing Major Flavor

“Tony Roma’s is the place that family and friends come to enjoy a fun time together, so for the holidays we wanted to showcase familiar American comfort foods but with a special Tony Roma’s twist,” said Jim Rogers, Chief Marketing Officer for Romacorp, Inc. “Few things in life are better than coming home and enjoying a family meal, but these dishes take that feeling to another level. Packed with flavor, this new menu conjures up pleasant memories of sitting around the dinner table during the holiday season with the ones you love.”

Start your meal by sharing the “Potato Croquettes”, a scrumptious appetizer served with flavorful lemon truffle aioli and balsamic ketchup. Fans who love Mom’s fried chicken will fall head over heels for Tony Roma’s new “Not Your Mom’s Fried Chicken”, featuring waffle battered fried chicken and roasted root vegetables. Rib lovers will crave the “Braised Boneless Short Rib”, paired with a decadent red wine mushroom sauce and delightfully fluffy mustard mashed potatoes.

Fans can enhance the holiday spirit by pairing these dishes with one of Tony Roma’s signature cocktails and delicious desserts. Try Tony Roma’s new “Rat Pack Romatini®”, made with Grey Goose® Vodka and Bombay Sapphire® Gin, or say ‘tis the season’ with the “Cranberry Spice Romarita®”, a sassy new cocktail made with Sauza Gold® Tequila and fresh cranberries. And there is no better way to finish off a great meal than by enjoying the taste of the new “Chocolate Chip Croissant Bread Pudding”, a decadent sweet treat served with slow-churned vanilla ice cream.

In celebration of National Dessert Day on Friday October 14th, members of Tony Roma’s Email Club will receive a coupon to try the new Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding for free on their next visit to participating locations. Fans not part of the email club should sign up immediately to get their free dessert by visiting http://www.tonyromas.com.

“We know home is where the heart is, so we wanted to let fans have a taste of that comforting feeling with this new menu,” said Chef Bob Gallagher, Senior Vice President of Culinary. “Every time we come out with new dishes, we take an in-depth look into what our guests love and crave, and we really hit a homerun with this one. You’ll leave feeling comforted, just like you had a home-cooked meal with friends and family, because that’s exactly what our goal is.”

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 http://www.tonyromas.com.

Please visit http://www.tonyromasfranchise.com or call (866) 981-0586 for information about Tony Roma’s franchising opportunities.

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