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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.”

Shari’s Restaurants Leads Pacific Northwest and USA in Family Dining

Shari’s Restaurants Leads Pacific Northwest and USA in Family Dining Portland, Oregon, August 7, 2018 Shari’s Restaurants Improves Performance throughout 2018 Great things are happening at Shari’s Restaurants these days. In addition to exciting improvements planned for this fall in restaurant remodels, services, a revamped menu, and branding,...

Shari’s Restaurants Leads Pacific Northwest and USA in Family Dining

Portland, Oregon, August 7, 2018

Shari’s Restaurants Improves Performance throughout 2018

Great things are happening at Shari’s Restaurants these days. In addition to exciting improvements planned for this fall in restaurant remodels, services, a revamped menu, and branding, the Pacific Northwest family dining favorite is also seeing positive growth as a result of its 2018 financial performance

As hints of the upcoming changes in Shari’s Restaurants circulate, the 40-year old iconic brand has rebounded significantly. Year over year sales increases in 2018 has enabled Shari’s to earn the top spot in competitive rankings over other family dining restaurants regionally in the Pacific Northwest and even nationally throughout the U.S.

>According to Knapp-Track, for the first and second quarter of 2018, Shari’s posted the highest (comp) same-store sales growth while achieving positive guest counts for four consecutive months in the Pacific Northwest and for two consecutive months in the US. While other family dining competitors experienced lesser sales results, with some brands even experiencing slight downturns, Shari’s uptick in sales signals that the initial changes begun over the last twelve months in branding, advertising, service, and menu offerings are starting to yield positive results.

Shari’s CEO, Sam Borgese, stated that “Shari’s impressive growth for the last two quarters is attributable to the teamwork of every one of our 3,500 employees who, over the past year, have been dedicated to regaining Shari’s long-held position as the number one family dining brand in the Pacific Northwest. The added accomplishment of outperforming our larger and more formidable national competitors is also testament to our team’s commitment to deliver superior service and great food at an obvious value to the guest within the communities we serve.”

With these results in mind, Borgese stated, “We are looking forward to continuing our recent success as we share our exciting restaurant remodel and design plans this fall with both our loyal guests as well as our potential new guests. Our goal is to not only heighten our guests’ experiences at Shari’s, but to also integrate some of our new “Northwest Fresh” menu items that will complement our traditional comfort food favorites. And, as always, we will continue to have our award-winning pies on hand for those suffering from a stubborn sweet tooth.”

Shari’s Hires New Chief Financial Officer

Shari's Hires New Chief Financial Officer Beaverton, Oregon, October 5, 2016 Shari's Café & Pies announces the addition of Keith Wall as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Wall joins Shari's executive leadership team as one of many significant changes occurring at Shari's. He replaces longtime CFO, Ray Damron,...

Shari’s Hires New Chief Financial Officer

Beaverton, Oregon, October 5, 2016

Shari’s Café & Pies announces the addition of Keith Wall as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Wall joins Shari’s executive leadership team as one of many significant changes occurring at Shari’s. He replaces longtime CFO, Ray Damron, who retired in September.

“Shari’s has been evolving the Shari’s Brand at a rapid pace over the last couple years. We’ve re-imaged a significant number of our locations with contemporary building innovations; we’ve redesigned our menu with additional fresh, local and seasonal menu items, and we’ve combined it all together with new branding elements. Each of these updates has been driven by extensive guest feedback,” said Bruce MacDiarmid, President and CEO. “Keith’s addition to our executive team will help drive our restaurant group to the next level with his tenured restaurant financial background.”

Mr. Wall brings a wealth of financial expertise to Shari’s. He has extensive experience in the restaurant and retail sectors as a senior financial executive – most recently with Ovation Brands. Mr. Wall will oversee all financial aspects of Shari’s and serve as a senior member of the executive team responsible for driving growth and profits.

Shari’s wins 14 Gold Medals at the National Pie Championships

Shari's wins 14 Gold Medals at the National Pie Championships Beaverton, Ore. - (May 05, 2016) - Shari's Café & Pies proudly accepted a record amount of 14 Gold Medals at the 2016 National Pie Championships in Orlando, Florida last week. Amateur pie makers, professional baker/chefs &...

Shari’s wins 14 Gold Medals at the National Pie Championships

Beaverton, Ore. – (May 05, 2016) –

Shari’s Café & Pies proudly accepted a record amount of 14 Gold Medals at the 2016 National Pie Championships in Orlando, Florida last week. Amateur pie makers, professional baker/chefs & commercial pie companies from around the country & Canada have been competing at the National Pie Championship since 1995.

Shari’s took home the Gold Medal for fourteen Pies, all in the Premium Category:

  • Banana Cream Dream
  • No Sugar Added Apple
  • Oregon Marionberry
  • Cookies & Cream
  • Sweet Montana Cherry
  • Sour Cream Lemon Blueberry
  • Black Forest Cherry
  • Chocolate Cream Supreme
  • Lemon Meringue
  • Tropical Coconut Cream
  • Fresh Pecan
  • Peach Perfection
  • Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate Cream
  • Fresh Strawberry with Chocolate Ganache

“Shari’s has a history of making the best pies in the Northwest”, said Kevin Bechtel, Sr. Vice President. “And our guests have always recognized the quality of our pies. We always knew that our pies could compete with best in the country. But these awards validate that we can compete..and win, on a national level”.

This was Shari’s sixth trip to Orlando in which they brought home the gold from the National Competition. In previous years, Shari’s won Gold Medals for over 35 of their Pies – all created and made with the finest ingredients – most from the Pacific Northwest.

“We’re elated with these wins”, Bechtel said. “We knew that our commitment to using only the finest Northwest ingredients made our pies competitive with any pies in the country”.

The Pacific NW Chain Promotes Its New Seafood Line-Up

The Pacific NW Chain Promotes Its New Seafood Line-Up Beaverton, Oregon February, 25, 2015 Shari’s Restaurants today announced their introduction of a Spring Seafood Promotion, featuring an array of Alaskan Seafood menu items. Alaskan Amber Beer Battered Fish & Chips. Hand-Cut Cod served with Sea-Salt and herb...

The Pacific NW Chain Promotes Its New Seafood Line-Up

Beaverton, Oregon February, 25, 2015

Shari’s Restaurants today announced their introduction of a Spring Seafood Promotion, featuring an array of Alaskan Seafood menu items.

  • Alaskan Amber Beer Battered Fish & Chips. Hand-Cut Cod served with Sea-Salt and herb fries
  • Alaskan Blackened Salmon BLT. Shari’s Pacific NW version of a Classic
  • Cedar-Plank Alaskan Salmon Caesar Salad
  • Wild Alaskan Smoked Salmon Chowder – which is also sold as a “to-go” item in an old-fashioned mason jar.

“Shari’s has been working on creating some of the best Seafood Entrées in the family-dining category for the last year, and we finally have some exciting products that we can proudly serve in our restaurants” said Kevin Bechtel, Sr. Vice President.

“And we’re embracing our Pacific Northwest roots by using only Alaskan Seafood products that are Wild, Natural and Sustainable. We work hard and ensuring that our food is sourced regionally whenever possible and we’re very excited to announce this new line-up of seafood menu items. Countless hours in the test kitchen has produced a couple of exceptional seafood staples that we can launch many products from”, Bechtel continued.

Shari’s Adds Chief Operating Officer As Part Of Their Brand Refresh Strategy

Shari's Adds Chief Operating Officer As Part Of Their Brand Refresh Strategy Beaverton, Ore. - (June 4, 2015) - Shari's Café & Pies  announces the addition of Rob Geresi as Chief Operating Officer.  Mr. Geresi joins their executive leadership team as one of many significant changes...

Shari’s Adds Chief Operating Officer As Part Of Their Brand Refresh Strategy

Beaverton, Ore. – (June 4, 2015) – Shari’s Café & Pies  announces the addition of Rob Geresi as Chief Operating Officer.  Mr. Geresi joins their executive leadership team as one of many significant changes occurring at Shari’s.

“Shari’s has been evolving at a rapid pace over the last couple years.  We’ve re-imaged nearly 60% of our locations with contemporary building innovations; we’ve revamped our menu offerings with additional fresh, local and season item, and we’ve combined it all together with new branding elements.  The updates were all driven by extensive guest feedback”, said Bruce MacDiarmid, President and CEO.  “Rob is a key piece of the puzzle.  He brings a wealth of restaurant and entrepreneurial experience to our organization, and we’re confident he’ll help us continue the strong sales and guest count growth trend we’ve been experiencing.”

Mr. Geresi’s background includes senior positions for Sonic Corp and Red Robin International.  He was co-founder of New York Bagel Enterprises.  In 1995, he received the National Entrepreneur of the Year Award’ from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Shari’s is the largest full-service chain based in the Pacific Northwest. Founded in 1978 and operated by Shari’s Management Corporation of Beaverton, Oregon, Shari’s Cafe & Pies are designed to provide high quality, reasonably-priced meals 24 -hours a day in a comfortable surrounding. Shari’s menu features a full selection of breakfasts, salads, sandwiches, hamburgers, dinner entrees, desserts and a large selection of specialty pies. With over 4,000 employees, the chain currently has 96 locations throughout Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Nebraska and Wyoming.

Shari’s Offers Holiday Meals – To Dine In, Or To Bring Home

Shari's Offers Holiday Meals - To Dine In, Or To Bring Home Beaverton, Oregon December 05,2014 Shari's Café & Pies announces the return of their Holiday Meal Programs, which allows guests to enjoy a Holiday Meal at any Shari's location, or to bring home a Holiday Feast,...

Shari’s Offers Holiday Meals – To Dine In, Or To Bring Home

Beaverton, Oregon December 05,2014

Shari’s Café & Pies announces the return of their Holiday Meal Programs, which allows guests to enjoy a Holiday Meal at any Shari’s location, or to bring home a Holiday Feast, and feed the family.

Shari’s is open on Christmas day, offering a special holiday meal featuring a thick-sliced turkey dinner with all the trimmings, soup or salad AND a slice of Pie for $14.99. Shari’s also offers their full menu all day on each of those days.

Shari’s also is bringing back their Holiday Feast. Shari’s Feast is a complete Holiday Meal that feeds 4-6 people. It features either All White Meat Turkey Breast or a Honey Glazed Ham, all the trimmings and a Whole Pie starting at just $59.95. They guest simply needs to heat, serve and enjoy. Every Feast comes with complete heating instructions to ensure that their meal comes out perfectly.

“Shari’s has a history of being open 24/7/365. We’ve been serving meals in our restaurants to families on these special days for decades”, said Kevin Bechtel, Sr. Vice President. “And now, with the Holiday Feast, they can enjoy our great Shari’s Holiday Meals and Pie either at our restaurants or in the comforts of their own homes. Either way, we do all the work”.

Shari’s Launches New Branding Design on Three Fronts: Remodel; Website and Menu

Shari's Launches New Branding Design on Three Fronts: Remodel; Website and Menu Beaverton, OR May 28,2014 Shari’s Café & Pies has launched a series of design initiatives that contemporize their brand. In the last 30 days Shari’s released their new website, a new menu and completed an...

Shari’s Launches New Branding Design on Three Fronts: Remodel; Website and Menu

Beaverton, OR May 28,2014

Shari’s Café & Pies has launched a series of design initiatives that contemporize their brand. In the last 30 days Shari’s released their new website, a new menu and completed an extensive remodel one of their restaurants.

“We’ve been modifying design and branding elements on all fronts over the past few years. Shari’s is a heritage brand that our team has been working to contemporize while maximizing our core brand strengths of Simply Great Food and Friendly Service. This is the most significant movement we’ve taken in that direction to date”, said Bruce MacDiarmid, CEO & President of Shari’s. He continued with describing the new designs as embracing Shari’s northwest roots and commitment to providing fresh, regional and seasonal products alongside their award-winning pies. “The remodel, website and new menu all genuinely evolved from our northwest heritage. We have a rich history in the region and we celebrate it with a distinct northwest flavor that is defined with these new initiatives”.

The new remodel design features colors and materials that reflect a more contemporary appearance while remaining true to its ‘local’ neighborhood restaurant appeal. Natural woods and stone replace the original design that was developed in the 70s.
The new website and menu focus on local and fresh and seasonal flavors and products