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Food Industry Legend and Outback Steakhouse Co-Founder Tim Gannon Appointed Executive Board Member of Latitude 360

May 16, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Entertainment Newsweekly -- Latitude 360, an award-winning, premier upscale casual dining and state-of-the-art entertainment venue operator, announced the addition of J. Timothy (Tim) Gannon to its Board as an Executive Director, effective immediately. Mr. Gannon's appointment expands the Company's board to seven members, including five independent directors. Mr. Gannon co-founded Outback Steakhouse, Inc. and currently serves as executive board member of The Original SoupMan®, a leading branded soup franchise founded in 1984.

CEO/Founder of Latitude 360 Brent Brown stated, "We are truly delighted that casual dining industry pioneer and entrepreneur Tim Gannon has agreed to join the Latitude board. As an Executive Director we are counting on Tim to play a very active role in aggressively growing the Company's casual dining business. Dining and beverage service are key ingredients that unify the 360 EXPERIENCE and wide array of entertainment options at all Latitude locations - from bowling to cinema to stand-up comedy and more. Further expanding our dining and beverage sales is by far the most significant untapped opportunity for our organization. Adding Tim to the team is a huge win that will help us achieve future success in the casual dining market."

Among his many honors, Mr. Gannon was named Inc. Magazine's 'Entrepreneur of the Year' in 1994. He was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by The Florida Restaurant Hall of Fame, was inducted into the US Business Hall of Fame and he is also a member of the Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame. Approximately two years ago he launched "Kettle Comfort, Cooking for America," a West Palm Beach, FL based charitable organization that delivers Chef-inspired food to thousands of hungry or nutrition deprived people on a daily basis. Most recently he joined forces with former Outback co-founder Bob Basham to establish PDQ Palm Beach, a new restaurant dining concept featuring reasonably priced flavorful food, served fast.

Mr. Gannon began his storied restaurant career in New Orleans and went on to co-found Outback Steakhouse (1988) where he developed its iconic "Bloomin' Onion" recipe, which has generated over $1 billion in worldwide sales. Under Mr. Gannon's leadership, Outback Steakhouse significantly expanded its global footprint from one restaurant to over 1400 locations. In 2006, Gannon co-founded OSI Restaurant Partners, an operator of Outback, Carraba's Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill, Roy's Restaurant and Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar units.

Keywords for this news article include: Beverage, Latitude 360, Entertainment, Food Industries.

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