Granite City Food & Brewery® Set to Open Restaurant in Lyndhurst, Ohio

Expected to be the 30th Granite City restaurant when it opens in 2013

MINNEAPOLIS--()--Granite City Food & Brewery Ltd. (NASDAQ: GCFB), a casual dining restaurant group is continuing to grow with the announcement that it is building a new Granite City Food & Brewery in Lyndhurst, Ohio at the Legacy Village lifestyle center. The Company recently signed a long term lease with Legacy Village Investors, LLC. and expects the new restaurant to open in 2013.

Legacy Village is an upscale shopping, dining and entertainment complex located east of Cleveland in Lyndhurst, Ohio. The outdoor mall which opened in 2003 combines a variety of interesting restaurants with popular home furnishing, clothing and housewares retailers. The result is aesthetically pleasing and fun for guests of the complex. The development is the only regional shopping destination that has over 100 events a year including bands every Friday night in the summer, art festivals and the Taste of Legacy which attracts thousands of visitors a year. The new restaurant, expected to be the 30th restaurant in the Granite City chain, will feature a contemporary upscale design that was recently developed by the company and was unveiled in the Troy area in May 2012. The Company expects to open the new restaurant at Legacy in the summer of 2013 following the openings of Granite City restaurants in Franklin, TN and Indianapolis, IN. The restaurant’s newly designed interior will feature a wrap-around bar which flows into an atrium, an exposed kitchen and a central wood-fired pizza oven.

“We are excited to continue to expand our concept of an upscale dining experience and great service with reasonably-priced, high quality food and beverages to Ohio,” said Rob Doran, CEO. “This new Granite City restaurant will complement our presence in the state where we have an existing location in Maumee, Ohio. We have shown great success in that location and we feel confident that the folks in Cleveland will enjoy our affordable and enjoyable customer experience, along with our hand-crafted brews.”

About the Company

Granite City Food & Brewery Ltd. develops and operates two casual dining concepts: Granite City Food & Brewery and Cadillac Ranch All American Bar & Grill. Granite City Food & Brewery is a polished casual American restaurant that features a great dining experience with affordable, high-quality menu items prepared from made-from-scratch recipes, served in generous portions. There is a brewery onsite, serving hand-crafted and micro brews. Granite City opened its first restaurant in 1999 and is expanding nationwide; there are currently 27 Granite City restaurants in 13 states. Cadillac Ranch restaurants feature freshly prepared, authentic, All-American cuisine in a fun, dynamic environment. Its patrons enjoy a warm, Rock N’ Roll inspired atmosphere, with plenty of room for friends, music and dancing. The Cadillac Ranch menu is diverse with offerings ranging from homemade meatloaf to pasta dishes, all freshly prepared using quality ingredients. The Company purchased its first Cadillac Ranch in November 2011 and has since purchased five additional Cadillac Ranch restaurants along with its intellectual property. The Company currently operates six Cadillac Ranch restaurants in five states. Additional information about Granite City Food & Brewery can be found at www.gcfb.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements made in this press release of a non-historical nature constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. Such factors include, but are not limited to, changes in economic conditions, changes in consumer preferences or discretionary consumer spending, a significant change in the performance of any existing restaurants, our ability to continue funding our operations and meet our debt service obligations, and the risks and uncertainties described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 23, 2012.

Contacts

Granite City Food & Brewery Ltd.
James G. Gilbertson, 952-215-0676
Chief Financial Officer

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Contacts

Granite City Food & Brewery Ltd.
James G. Gilbertson, 952-215-0676
Chief Financial Officer