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NRA Presents Good Neighbor Awards

The National Restaurant Association announced the winners of its 2010 Restaurant Neighbor Award, which recognizes restaurants for outstanding community service effort.

The 2010 winners are:

• Large Restaurants: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colo.

• Mid-Size Restaurants: Farrelli's Wood Fire Pizza in Tacoma, Wash.

• Small Restaurants: UNION Restaurant and Bar Latino in Haverstraw, N.Y

In addition, the NRA presented Danny Meyer, CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group in New York City with its Cornerstone Humanity award.

The winners each received a $5,000 contribution to their initiatives at a Washington, D.C., awards ceremony this weekend.

The National Restaurant Association developed the Restaurant Neighbor Award to raise awareness about the restaurant industry's contributions in local communities across the country and to inspire other restaurant operators and owners to make even greater contributions in their communities.

Church’s Taps Bowie to Lead U.S. Operations

Church’s Chicken named John Bowie president of its U.S. operations. Bowie comes to Church’s from Friendly’s Ice Cream Corp., where he served as senior vice president of restaurant operations since 2007.


Prior to Friendly’s, Bowie spent 13 years with Wendy’s International, holding positions in marketing and general management.


In his new role, Bowie is responsible for overseeing all company and franchise restaurants operations.