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Shari’s, Coco’s and Carrows Raise Over $62,000 for Local Food Banks

Shari's, Coco's and Carrows Raise Over $62,000 for Local Food Banks PORTLAND, OR – OCTOBER 5, 2018 – Shari’s Restaurants, Carrows Restaurants, and Coco’s Restaurants and Bakery, are thrilled to announce that between the three brands, the restaurants have raised over $62,000 during its Hunger Action...

Shari’s, Coco’s and Carrows Raise Over $62,000 for Local Food Banks

PORTLAND, OR – OCTOBER 5, 2018 – Shari’s Restaurants, Carrows Restaurants, and Coco’s Restaurants and Bakery, are thrilled to announce that between the three brands, the restaurants have raised over $62,000 during its Hunger Action Month Campaign that aims to end hunger in local communities. This effort, according to Feeding America statistics, helped feed up to 620,000 people. This month-long campaign was in collaboration with 24 local Feeding America-affiliated food banks throughout the Pacific Northwest, California, Idaho, Arizona, and Southern Nevada. While Shari’s is not new to feeding the hungry through larger Feeding America food banks, like the Oregon Food Bank, this initiative marks the first of many multi-state efforts that Shari’s Management Corporation will make in the years to come to help feed millions of individuals – the most vulnerable being children and the elderly – who are food-insecure.

“Hunger strikes every community we serve so it is especially gratifying for me to see that our guests recognized this community need and responded to our Hunger Action Month fundraising efforts, which turned out to exceed our expectations,” said Sam Borgese, CEO of Shari’s Management Corporation (SMC). He continued, “Ending hunger is a passion of ours and we will strive to contribute all we can to end hunger and limit the amount of food waste in our industry.” John Iannucci, SVP of SMC Operations, agreed that the restaurant teams in all of their SMC brands recognized the need to do their share to end hunger: “Although our restaurant servers were the tip of the spear that raised the funds,” he said, “it was a full-restaurant team effort that produced such exceptional results. I couldn’t be more pleased with their initiative and engagement during this campaign.”  Borgese mentioned that his teams are collaborating to find additional ways to safely distribute restaurant food surpluses to those in need and that Shari’s Management Corporation is also planning several team volunteer events to help distribute food to those who are food-insecure.

Shari’s Management Corporation thanks all of their guests and friends that shared in their effort to combat hunger during Hunger Action Month. To learn more about Shari’s and its other efforts, please visit, https://www.sharis.com/.

About Feeding America

Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. Thanks to donations and support from businesses, government organizations and individuals like you, the Feeding America network of food banks, pantries and meal programs serve virtually every community in the United States — over 46 million people, including over 12 million children and 7 million seniors.  Feeding America is particularly proud to say that 98% of all donations raised go directly into programs serving people in need. To learn more, please visit: FeedingAmerica.org/about-us/why-feeding-america/.

Shari’s Blossoms Again at 40

Shari's Blossoms Again at 40 Portland, OR – October 9, 2018 – Shari’s Management Corporation (SMC), which operates 93 Shari’s Restaurant locations throughout the Northwest, plans to launch its first in a series of renovations beginning with its Shari’s Halsey Crossing location at 1453 NE 181st...

Shari’s Blossoms Again at 40

Portland, OR – October 9, 2018 – Shari’s Management Corporation (SMC), which operates 93 Shari’s Restaurant locations throughout the Northwest, plans to launch its first in a series of renovations beginning with its Shari’s Halsey Crossing location at 1453 NE 181st Street, Gresham, OR 97230. The Grand Re-Opening festivities will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony starting at 9:00 am on Saturday, November 10, 2018.

Shari’s guests can expect some exciting changes in store: completely new interior design, improved Northwest fresh menu offerings, new uniforms, and updated exterior color schemes and signage.

Leading up to the Grand Re-Opening on Friday, November 9, from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, all high school students will receive a free food item when they show their High School ID. Ten percent of all meals sold on Friday will benefit Gresham’s Boys and Girls Club’s Arts Program. On the official Grand Re-Opening Day on Saturday, November 10, a variety of family-fun activities will include: children’s performances, local school musical performances, a Shari’s pie-box design competition submitted by local artists, and special prizes will be awarded to those guests who would love to sing or dance for the crowd. In addition, a raffle will be held with some amazing prizes such as: an iPhone X, concert tickets, “Beats by Dre” headphones, free pie for a year, and more. For guests who dine in, everyone will win a prize through “Spin-to-Win” opportunities upon check-out. At 5:00 pm, the Raffle and Pie Box Design winners will be announced and local musicians will perform. The day promises to hold a little fun for everyone.

Shari’s first renovation is an exciting evolution for, not only the Gresham/Halsey Crossing location, but for all of Shari’s 93 Restaurants which will undergo transformations within the next few years. Sam Borgese, CEO of SMC, explained, “Our goal as part of this renovation is to initiate ongoing, consistent community support that carries with it our pride in our Northwest suburban roots. It’s our way of remaining connected locally and it is also our way of saying ‘thank you’ for supporting us these last 40 years.”

Shari’s new wave of ongoing community support will be part of its ongoing “Shari’s Cares” campaigns which will benefit local causes. SMC’s most recent initiative, its Hunger Action Month Campaign, raised over $62,000 benefitting local food banks located near all of its restaurants. Another way Shari’s will support its communities is to offer public school grants for the arts. Borgese added, “As we all know, arts programs are often the first casualties that suffer from school-budget cuts. Our latest initiative is our “$20,000 Shari’s ‘Let the Music Play’ Music Education Grant” which will be awarded and disbursed to qualifying local Portland area schools that are in need of extra music program funding.”

Borgese continued, “Our Halsey Crossing Grand Re-Opening is our way of ensuring that our guests feel that – from every touchpoint – their dining experience matters to us and that their meals are flavorful, plentiful, and perceived as a great value. We also want our guests to feel that they’re dining in a friendly, comfortable environment that conveys our pride in our community and the thoughtfulness we have for our guests.”

Shari’s invites all of our guests – old and new – to join us at the Halsey Crossing Grand Re-Opening on Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 9:00 am until 8:00 pm.

Shari’s Shines by Saving Water

Shari's Shines by Saving Water Portland, OR – July 17, 2018 – Shari’s restaurants, a beloved family restaurant serving the Pacific Northwest with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients in their generously-proportioned meals, is delighted to be recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy for its achievements in water...

Shari’s Shines by Saving Water

Portland, OR – July 17, 2018 – Shari’s restaurants, a beloved family restaurant serving the Pacific Northwest with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients in their generously-proportioned meals, is delighted to be recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy for its achievements in water conservation. Shari’s Restaurants achieved the top spot in water conservation with a 37% improvement throughout all of its locations. This impressive feat contributed to 6.3 billion gallons of cumulative water savings from market leaders in the DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge.

Sam Borgese, CEO and President of Shari’s Restaurants stated, “Jodenne Scott, who leads our energy and natural resource and conservation projects, has demonstrated an exceptional ability to manage our energy and natural resources to the benefit of our company and, more importantly, to the benefit of conserving these resources within numerous communities throughout the Northwest. We are very proud of Jodenne’s stewardship over this program and proud of our restaurant teams working together to deliver the results recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy.”

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the “Better Buildings Challenge is a DOE initiative designed to improve the lives of the American people by driving leadership in energy innovation. Through Better Buildings, DOE partners with leaders in the public and private sectors to make the nation’s homes, commercial buildings, and industrial plants more energy efficient by accelerating investment and the sharing of successful best practices.”

Shari’s would like to extend an invitation to other restaurants and local businesses to join them in this important effort. To learn more about the Better Buildings Challenge water initiative, please visit: https://betterbuildingsinitiative.energy.gov.

Shari’s Management Corporation Taps Joan Hansen as Director of Marketing

Shari's Management Corporation Taps Joan Hansen as Director of Marketing Portland, OR – August 23, 2018 – Shari’s Restaurants is pleased to announce the hiring of Joan Hansen as our corporate Director of Marketing. Hansen will oversee the promotional and marketing efforts for not only Shari’s,...

Shari’s Management Corporation Taps Joan Hansen as Director of Marketing

Portland, OR – August 23, 2018 – Shari’s Restaurants is pleased to announce the hiring of Joan Hansen as our corporate Director of Marketing. Hansen will oversee the promotional and marketing efforts for not only Shari’s, but also our Coco’s Restaurants and Bakeries, and Carrows Restaurants as well. Shari’s, the Beaverton, Oregon-based family-dining chain brought Hansen aboard in early August to lead the marketing department for all three brands.

Hansen is a restaurant professional with more than 25 years of progressive operations and marketing experience. Her restaurant background includes long-term stints at Mimi’s Café, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse and, most recently, Marie Callender’s Restaurant & Bakery. She is known for taking on large-scale initiatives including curbside take-out, online menu versioning, national sponsorships, comprehensive local restaurant marketing programs, and check-boosting menu redesign projects from concept to launch.

Hansen has won awards at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, including Team Member of the Year, and the Innovation Award at Dale Carnegie. Joan holds a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fullerton, and has completed seminars in internet marketing at University of California, Irvine, and menu development at the Culinary Institute of America.

“I am thrilled to be part of the ongoing rebrand initiative of these legacy brands,” Hansen said. “The love and passion our guests feel for each is exciting.” Shari’s CEO, Sam Borgese, stated that “Joan’s wealth of knowledge about the restaurant industry is a tremendous asset to Shari’s, Coco’s, and Carrows. Her hospitality marketing expertise will surely provide a positive experience for all of our guests in addition to guiding our brands toward the success we’ve begun in 2018 and are looking forward to continuing into the near and distant future.”

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