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SURF'S UP WITH THE UNO® BEST OF SUMMER STARRING LOBSTER LIMITED-TIME-ONLY MENU

Boston, MA, August 18, 2009 - From Amy Adams in Julie and Julia to an appearance on Top Chef Masters, lobster is everyone's favorite obsession this season. And just in time, Uno Chicago Grill® is joining in the frenzy with its Best of Summer Starring Lobster menu to be enjoyed now through September 20. The menu was introduced in conjunction with a quirky lobster television ad campaign and a Facebook call-to-action asking fans to tell UNO® what the lobster who stars in those commercials should have said instead.

From UNO's unique Lobster Sliders, stuffed full with Maine lobster, mayonnaise and lettuce to a cool Watermelon, Blueberry and Spinach summer salad that has only 240 calories, this " #1 Healthiest Chain Restaurant1 " not only delivers, but does so in healthy style. As George Gershwin stated in Porgy and Bess, "Summertime and the livin' is easy," especially with the delicious flavors found in the Best of Summer menu.

For example, the menu features sandwiches that will have you on a roll for lobster. The Lobster Wrap and the Lobster Roll are filled to the brim with the meat of a one-and-a-quarter-pound Maine lobster and come in a choice of traditional New England style, with mayo and lettuce, or with tarragon mayo, bacon and lettuce.

"There's a variety of stories on just where the lobster roll came from. One suggests that it originated in Maine, the state most commonly associated with lobster. Another suggests that Connecticut started the lobster craze. Still another attributes the sandwich to Nova Scotia," notes Chris Gatto, executive chef, Uno Chicago Grill.

Back by popular demand, there is also Cajun Blackened Mahi-Mahi inspired by Paul Prudhomme and other magicians of spice and cast-iron-skillet cooking. It's a firm, but flaky white fish dredged in a secret blackening spice mixture that includes thyme, cayenne pepper, paprika and onion. It's seared in a cast-iron skillet with a soupçon of olive oil, capped with sautéed peppers, onions and plum tomatoes.

Since UNO is known for its deep dish pizza, there is also a Cheeseburger Deep Dish, a tribute to American summer barbeques everywhere.

"Our deep dish includes the works: hamburger, cheddar, mozzarella, plum tomatoes and caramelized onions; it's even got ketchup, mustard and dill pickle," notes Gatto.

The menu features a selection of recommended wines, Samuel Adams Summer Ale® and, of course, a sweet tea summer cocktail - in this case the refreshing Carolina Lightning - a vodka-infused sweet tea mixed with the other quintessential summer drink: lemonade.

Lastly, there are themed desserts such as Bananas Foster. Available in regular or "mini" sized, this glorious dessert is named after a friend of the man who created it to honor their friendship. It's a four scoop mountain of vanilla ice cream covered with a soul-satisfying sauce of banana, rum and brown sugar.

Those who like chocolate may want to try the Chocolate Chocolate Malt Layer Cake. It's a moist, dense, chocolate, layer cake with a center layer of chocolate malt frosting and malt ball pieces finished with a warm chocolate sauce.

As the French proverb says, "A Summer's sun is worth the having." So is UNO's new menu!

About UNO:
Based in Boston, Uno Restaurant Holdings Corporation includes more than 175 company-owned and franchised full-service Uno Chicago Grill units located in 28 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, Honduras, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. The company also operates a fast casual concept called Uno Dué Go®, a quick serve concept called Uno Express®, and a consumer foods division which supplies airlines, movie theaters, hotels, airports, travel plazas, schools and supermarkets with both frozen and refrigerated private-label foods and branded Uno products. For more information, visit www.unos.com.

  1. Health Magazine, May, 2008.

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