By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

O’Charley’s in Lawrenceville Honors Air Force Veteran as Part of Reopening Celebration
Leo Rissanen named Hometown Hero by O’Charley’s

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga — As part of the restaurant’s reopening celebration, O’Charley’s Restaurant + Bar on Lawrenceville-Suwanee in Lawrenceville recognized local veteran Leo Rissanen as a Hometown Hero.

The recognition took place on Monday, June 15 at 6:30 p.m.IMG 9806 190
Rissanen served in the U.S. Air Force from 1948 to 1953. During his military career he spent most of his time stationed at O’Hare Air Reserve Station in Chicago specializing in photography. After leaving the Air Force he joined Hardware Specialty, Inc. and went on to open the first branch office of Hardware Specialty in Norcross before becoming the owner of Duluth Fasteners. 


2015061595184240440O’Charley’s is honoring Hometown Heroes at 30 remodeled restaurant locations this year in conjunction with the company’s revitalization and reimaging plan. O’Charley’s has a longstanding history of honoring veterans and active duty soldiers. More than 100 individuals have been honored during the Hometown Hero program.

IMG 1963 190Color guard from American Legion Post 233 in Loganville

“We’re so glad that we’re able to say thank you to the men and women who serve our country with a celebration in our restaurants for their friends and families. They are our true American heroes,” said Lawrenceville O’Charley’s Service Manager Lisa Gillman. “We’re happy to have these Hometown Heroes be of the first to experience our reimagined restaurants.”

About O’Charley’s:
O’Charley’s was born in Nashville, Tennessee and has been a quintessential American Restaurant with Southern roots since its beginning in Nashville over 40 years ago. Famous for its unsliceably soft rolls, Prime Rib Lovers’ Weekend for Two, Sunday Brunch and fresh baked pie, O’Charley’s operates 213 restaurants in 20 states in the Southeast and Midwest, including 207 company-owned and operated O’Charley’s restaurants and six restaurants operated by franchises and joint venture partners. To find an O’Charley’s location near you, visitwww.ocharleys.com or visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ocharleysfans.

About American Blue Ribbon Holdings:
American Blue Ribbon Holdings (ABRH) is a diversified food service company that operates or franchises more than 640 company and franchise restaurants in 43 states. ABRH brands include O’Charley’s, Ninety Nine, Max & Erma’s, Village Inn, Bakers Square, and Legendary Baking. ABRH is a majority-owned subsidiary of Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (NYSE: FNF). For more information on American Blue Ribbon Holdings, please visit www.abrholdings.com.