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NEW UNO CHICAGO GRILL OPENS IN PARKCHESTER

New Uno to Feature School and Community Partners Program

BOSTON (November 29, 2004) - Uno Restaurant Holdings Corporation announces the opening of its 29th Uno Chicago Grill restaurant in New York state. The new Uno Chicago Grill is located on the Metropolitan Oval in Parkchester, one block north from Macy's Department store. The store will officially open for business on Thursday, December 9th. The hours of operation are from 11am to 12midnight on Sunday through Thursday,and 11am to 1am on Friday and Saturday.

"We are proud to be part of the Parkchester community and are excited to open another Uno Chicago Grill in New York," said Uno President and Chief Operating Officer Paul MacPhail. "Although our guests may already know and love our famous Chicago-style deep dish pizza, they'll be pleased to find items like our popular, juicy steaks on the menu as well."

The newly built Uno Chicago Grill over 7,000 square feet, seats 220 guests and will open with 140 employees. Uno has converted the space from the former Lerner's retail store to the look and feel of a newly renovated Chicago warehouse, with Windy City memorabilia decorating the walls and mahogany trim throughout the bar.

To further involvement and commitment to the Parkchester community, the new restaurant will offer Uno's School Partner Program. The program includes several educational events, like free Pizza Maker Field Trips and fundraising opportunities for local schools and community organizations.

The new restaurant will be run by General Manager Jay Bayala, who has managed several other Uno locations throughout New York and was born and raised in the Bronx. "Uno Chicago Grill provides a high quality casual dining experience and offers the best food around," said Bayala. "Local residents and workers will be thrilled to find out they no longer need to go into Manhattan to get a great meal."

In 2003, the restaurant known for its Chicago Original Deep Dish Pizza™ evolved its name from Pizzeria Uno to Uno Chicago Grill to reflect the variety of its menu. Today, Uno Chicago Grill has the same great pizza, but also offers a complete casual dining menu, including ribs, seafood, juicy burgers and steaks, innovative pasta dishes, scrumptious appetizers, low-carbohydrate alternatives and desserts.

The company continues to earn accolades from industry and business publications. In 2003, Uno Chicago Grill was named by Entrepreneur Magazine as the #1 franchise opportunity in their category. The company also was selected by Franchise Times as one of the top 20 companies to watch in 2003.

CONTACT: Dan Wheeler
617-218-5339
dan.wheeler@unos.com

Based in Boston, Uno Restaurant Holdings Corp. currently has a system of more than 200 company-owned and franchise full service units. Uno Chicago Grill restaurants are located in 34 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates. The company also operates a consumer foods division, which supplies airlines, movie theaters, hotel restaurants and supermarkets with both frozen and refrigerated private label foods and branded Uno products. For more information, visit www.unos.com.

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