Continued Give Back For Flood Victims

You can help the flood victims in 3 ways:

1) Donating goods.

We are still accepting donations. We suggest cleaning supplies, toiletries, water, gatorade powerade etc, tools and house gutting supplies. Bread, Cold Cuts, Cheese, Chips, individually wrapped snacks, Mayo, Mustard gallons, Cutlery kits, napkins, paper bags #8, Towels, blankets, and pillows. Dog and cat food. Baby formula and diapers. Any Non perishable food.

 

Here is the deal on clothes – most places have been inundated with clothes and stopped taking them. Mainly because people can’t take clothes yet, they’re just getting to gut their house and they have no place to put them. If you want to give clothes we are accepting them and holding them in storage. We know in a few weeks, once everyone is back in their house that clothes will be a necessity and everyone with being taking them again.

 

Donatation drop off – Perishable and Non-Pershible Food, Clothes and anything above:

 

Ain’t Life Grand: Home Office

1950 N. Hwy. 190

Covington, LA 70433

Monday – Friday

8am-5pm

Non Perishable Food, Clothes and anything above expect for perishable items.

 

Glory Bound Gyro Co.

500 River Highlands Blvd.

Covington, LA 70433

Monday – Friday

11am-10pm

If you have perishable items we can take them at Glory Bound. Just talk to the manager and we will put in the cooler.

2) Sponsor a lunch:

We have had many people/businesses ask if they can help feed folks. Our goal is to deliver bagged lunches every Monday and Friday for the next month.
Here are the details to sponsor a feeding day:
  • Pick a day for your business or group of friends to “Sponsor”
  • It costs $800 to feed 2000 people. We know that $.40 a person sounds cheap but we have partnered with Randazzos and we are making them take some money (they have donated over 4000 buns, 2000 cookies, 10 king cakes, 500 cheese danish). They want to keep donating but we can’t let them. We are also getting different small donations from mayo to chips here and there. Non Profit Making Life Grand has also received some cash and check donations and it was to put toward earlier food runs. God always just seems to provide.
  • You can split that anyway you want.
  • We have 2 business going Monday at $400 a piece
  • Get a few friends and put up what you can.
  • Our Non-Profit will always kick in the rest so that we bring the 2000 lunches the next 4 weeks on Monday and Friday.
We will provide the kitchen, get all the supplies and train you to be a professional sandwich artist and bag stuffer!
  • Email cmcdonald@aintlifegrandinvestments.com with any questions or a copy of our Non-Profit paperwork for tax deductions.
Feel free to sponsor a day and then come help make the bag lunches

3) Come help make sandwich bags:

We will be meeting from 7am-9:30am the next 4 weeks on Monday / Friday at ALG headquarters. We will deliver the bag lunches. You are more than welcome to come deliver with us.

Here are the dates available to sponsor or come donate your time:

 
Monday August 29th: The Venue Church and The Studio Salon of Hattiesburg
Friday September 2nd: The Pierce Family, Pierce Realty of Hattiesburg
Monday September 5th:
Friday September 9th:
Monday September 12th:
Friday September 16th: Kim Hill and family
Monday September 19th:
Friday September 23rd:

Give Relief & Give Back

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Our “Caravan of Chefs” will be giving back again and we need your help! With your help and the momentum of our communities we are getting bigger and stronger! We will be accepting donations over the next 3 days. Realize that your efforts and making a huge wave of HOPE for our communities! Please review the details below and help us make a difference in our communities.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Our Goal: Provide lunch and cleaning supplies to the Livingston Shelter

Monday, August 22, 2016

Our Goal: Provide lunch and all donated items to St. Landry Dixon Shelter

HERE IS HOW YOU CAN HELP:

Be A Volunteer:

  • Prepare bag lunches Friday, August 19: 6am-9am (ALG office)
  • Serve food onsite Friday, August 19: 9am-2pm (Livingston Shelter)
  • Prepare bag lunches Monday, August 22: 6am-9am (ALG office)
  • Serve food onsite Monday, August 22: 9am-2pm (St. Landry Dixon Shelter)

Be A Hero And Donate:

We need lunch items:

Nonna Randazzo’s is donating 1500 sliders and cookies.  Let’s focus on the following:
  • Bread
  • Lunch meat
  • Cheese
  • Chips
  • Individually wrapped cookies
  • Bottled Water

We need cleaning supplies:

  • Bleach
  • Sponges
  • Gloves

Other Donations:

  • Clothes
  • Non perishable food
  • Pillows
  • Toiletries

 

Louisiana Donation Drop Off Locations:

Ain’t Life Grand Headquarters

1950 N. Hwy. 190

Covington, LA 70433

Former Rocketfire pizza building (Same parking lot with Albasha & Little Caesars)

Accepting Donations: Thursday – Sunday (6am – 6pm) Perishable and non perishable items

 

Mugshots Grill and Bar

300 Riverhighlands Blvd

Covington, LA 70433

Thursday – Sunday (After 6pm)

 

Glory Bound Gyro Company

500 Riverhighlands Blvd

Covington, LA 70433

Thursday – Sunday (After 6pm)

 

Abita Roasting Company

1011 Village Walk

Covington, LA 70433

 

802 Pine Street

Madisonville, LA 70433

(Signs say “Fontanelle & Goodreau” Please leave donations under the building)

 

Mississippi Donation Drop Off Locations:

Mugshots Grill & Bar

879 Lake Harbour Drive
Ridgeland, MS 39157

 

Mugshots Grill & Bar

101 N. Douglas Conner Dr.
Starkville, MS 39759

 

Mugshots Grill & Bar

5005 MS 493
Meridian, MS 39305

 

Glory Bound Gyro Company

6174 US Hwy 49
Hattiesburg, MS 39401

 

Topher’s Rock ‘N Roll Grill – Oak Grove

5252 Old Hwy 11
Hattiesburg, MS 39402

 

Topher’s Rock ‘N Roll Grill

2247 Hwy 15 N
Laurel, MS 39440

 

Alabama Donation Drop Off Locations:

Mugshots Grill & Bar

1447 Opelika Rd
Auburn, AL 36830

 

Mugshots Grill & Bar

7971 Vaughn Rd.
Montgomery, AL 36116

 

Mugshots Grill & Bar (Inverness Corners)

110 Inverness Plaza
Birmingham AL 35242

 

Mugshots Grill & Bar (Uptown BJCC)

2311 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd N. #100
Birmingham, AL 35203

 

Mugshots Grill & Bar (Vestavia Hills)

1919 Kentucky Avenue #101
Vestavia Hills, AL 35216

 

Mugshots Grill & Bar (Malbis)

29740 Urgent Care Drive
Daphne, AL 36526

 

Mugshots Grill & Bar

6255 Airport Blvd.
Mobile, AL 36608

 

Giveback Participants

Abita Fresh
Abita Springs Cafe
Abita Garage
Abita Roasting Company
Artisan Fine Wines
Carnival Foods
Chesterfield’s of Hattiesburg
Docucenter
Friends Coastal Restaurant
Glory Bound Gyro Company
Lighthouse Pizza & Daiquiris
Mugshots Grill & Bar
MPressed Media
NOLA Lending
Nonna Randazzo’s Bakery
Perrone and Sons
Regions on Gause Blvd
Restaurant Coté
Stoney Point Farms
Triton Stone

Mugshots Grill & Bar Opens Malbis Location with Ribbon Cutting and Check Presentation

Mugshots Grill & Bar holds soft opening charity event in Malbis, AL to kick off the weekend with good food, a good time, and an opportunity to give back.

Mugshots Grill & Bar – Malbis, AL – Grand Opening & Check Presentation

Mugshots Grill & Bar – Malbis, AL – Grand Opening & Check Presentation

Good food, “Havin’ A Good Time”, and Giving Back is at the core of Mugshots Grill & Bar’s  culture. Located at 29740 Urgent Care Drive, just yards south of the Highway 181 and Interstate 10 intersection, the 7th location to the Mugshots brand in Alabama opened its doors for business on Tuesday, July 12th.

After hosting their “Eat Good, Give Back” soft opening fund raising event the weekend before, Mugshots Grill & Bar and their nonprofit, Making Life Grand, were able to raise funds and awareness for the Child Advocacy Center of Mobile and the Baldwin County Child Advocacy Center and their dedication to assisting families and children. “Being a part of the Mugshots Malbis opening was a great experience. The overwhelming support we received from the the people of Malbis, Daphne, Spanish Fort, and Mobile really tells you about the sense of community here.” said Sam McAlister, Marketing Director for Ain’t Life Grand Investments. “We have helped our communities with quite a few fund raising events over the years with our “Eat Good, Give Back” events and we just reached a milestone of $130,000 in donations to great organizations in 3 states. It’s very humbling to know we are bringing hope to families and children in need.” said McAlister in closing. Tuesday morning during the opening day ribbon cutting ceremony Mugshots founders presented a check to the Child Advocacy Center of Mobile and the Baldwin County Child Advocacy Center in the amount of $10,000.00.

“Our Franchisee and Owner, George Herring, is a very driven, goal oriented leader that has done a terrific job with Mugshots Mobile.” said Founder of Mugshots Grill & Bar, Chris McDonald. “It’s exciting to think about what he will do, alongside his great management team, here in Malbis. With this opening we add an additional 100 team members to our Mugshots and Ain’t Life Grand family. We have over 1,200 family members now and our goal is to spread our culture to thousands of customers every day in over 20 grand restaurants.” said McDonald in closing.

About Mugshots Grill & Bar
Mugshots Grill & Bar is one of the South’s favorite restaurant concepts serving up great food in a fun, casual, and family-friendly atmosphere. We are dedicated to giving back to the communities in which we operate with our nonprofit organization “Making Life Grand.” We pride ourself on our “Havin’ A Good Time” culture and now have 16 locations in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.

Ain’t Life Grand Investments Announces the Newest Mugshots Grill & Bar Location in Malbis, AL

Mugshots Grill & Bar to open sixteenth location with three day “Eat Good, Give Back” fundraising event to benefit Child Advocacy Centers.

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Ain’t Life Grand Investments, parent company of Mugshots Grill and Bar, Glory Bound Gyro Co., and Topher’s Rock ‘N Roll Grill, announces the newest Mugshots Grill & Bar location opening Tuesday, July 12th in Malbis, AL. This opening will mark Mugshots’ sixteenth location. The weekend of July 8-10, Mugshots will host their three day “Eat Good, Give Back” fund-raising event to benefit the Child Advocacy Center of Mobile and the Baldwin County Child Advocacy Center. The check presentation will take place Tuesday morning before the company opens its doors to the public at 11:00am. Invitations for this event will be distributed throughout the community as well as posted on all of Mugshots’ social media outlets. All media and public are invited to the check presentation Tuesday, July 12th, at 9:00am.

“Our Mobile store has been able to raise over $12,000 for local charities. The goal for our Malbis location is to double that amount.” said George Herring, Owner and Franchisee of Mugshots Mobile and Mugshots Malbis. “Myself, my management team, and my staff are thrilled to partner with and contribute to such a worthy cause. The Baldwin County community has been extremely welcoming to us during this construction phase and we cannot wait to be able to serve the good people here.” Herring also stated.

“We are excited to be a part of the Eastern Shore community, and look to a long-standing partnership with the city of Daphne.” said Bobby Garner, President of Mugshots Grill & Bar. “We hope to be a strong contributor to an already strong community of residents and businesses. With our presence in Alabama already, Baldwin County has been on our radar for quite sometime. We are proud to finally be able to become a part of the community. Garner said in closing.

About Mugshots Grill & Bar:
Mugshots Grill & Bar is one of the South’s favorite restaurant concepts serving up great food in a fun, casual, and family-friendly atmosphere. We are dedicated to giving back to the communities in which we operate with our nonprofit organization Making Life Grand.” We pride ourself on our “Havin’ A Good Time” culture and now have 16 locations in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.

Letter From Our Founder

The Grand TimesGrand Family,

Hope all is well and you are having a great summer!

We are excited to announce that we launched “The Grand Times” newsletter today.

We are going to send out small “Shout Outs” each week and one longer “Newsletter” in the beginning of each month. This is some great information for you to share at your “chef tells” with your employees.

It is our vision that this platform will help bring the three brands together and will also let our fans know about all the hard work and good deeds you are all doing in your local communities. Please post an “all staff message” through HotSchedules to your entire staff when we email it out to you as well.

Also feel free to post up by the employee board. Encourage your staff to “Like” it on Facebook and to engage us on social media. The further we can get this news out each month the quicker our customers will turn into brand loyal fans.

We are going to be reaching out for some employee spotlights in your stores. Also, if you have any good news that I can use for the newsletter about your store or employees please email me and I will get it in the next newsletter or “shout out.” As always, I would love some feedback into making “The Grand Times” as best as it cane be. You can email me directly.

Thank you all for your hard work and commitment to keeping this “Grand Bus” rolling!

Love God. Love People. Go Change the World.

Here is the link: Click Here

Mugshots Grill & Bar Opens Hoover Location at Inverness Corners & Plaza with Ribbon Cutting and Check Presentation

Mugshots Grill & Bar – Inverness Corners holds soft opening charity event in Hoover, AL to kick off the weekend with good food, a good time, and an opportunity to give back.

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Good food, “Havin’ A Good Time”, and Giving Back is at the core of Mugshots Grill & Bar’s culture. Located at 110 Inverness Plaza, just off Highway 280, the 3rd location to the Mugshots brand in Greater Birmingham opened its doors for business on Tuesday, March 1st.

After hosting their “Eat Good, Give Back” soft opening fund raising event the weekend before, Mugshots Grill & Bar and their nonprofit, Making Life Grand, were able to raise funds and awareness for Hope for Autumn Foundation and their dedication to assisting families battling childhood cancer. “I believe opening Mugshots Inverness was a great experience mainly from the overwhelming support we received from the the people of Inverness and Hoover.” said Sam McAlister, Marketing Director for Ain’t Life Grand Investments. “We have helped with quite a few fund raising events over the years for Hope for Autumn, but being able to dedicate this entire weekend to them was very rewarding.” Tuesday morning during the opening day ribbon cutting ceremony Mugshots founders presented a check to Hope for Autumn Foundation in the amount of $8,133.82.

“On behalf of Hope for Autumn Foundation, I would like to thank Ain’t Life Grand Investments and Mugshots Grill and Bar for benefiting us through their ‘Eat Good, Give Back‘ campaign during the opening of their new Mugshots location in Hoover.” said Amanda Knerr, Executive Director of Hope for Autumn Foundation “Our group had a fabulous evening and experienced impeccable service and delicious food and drinks! The funds raised through the event will be used to further our mission to financially assist area families battling childhood cancer, fund new and innovative childhood cancer research at Children’s of Alabama, and support our childhood cancer awareness programs. Most importantly, these funds will GIVE HOPE to families battling childhood cancer. My own thirteen year old daughter is battling cancer for the second time, and was able to join us for a rare night out. She was so grateful for the support from the staff and patrons and really had a good time!” said Knerr in closing.

“We have held 10 ‘Eat Good, Give Back’ fund raising events since 2013 when we opened our Mugshots Mobile location.” said Chris McDonald, Founder of Ain’t Life Grand Investments and Mugshots Grill & Bar. “We have currently raised just over $117,000 for great organizations over 3 states. Seeing the smile on Emily’s face this weekend reminded me of why we do this. In the early days there was no money to give; only our time and food. It has been so humbling to see how our nonprofit, Making Life Grand, is now spreading hope to families who need it most.”

About Mugshots Grill & Bar
Mugshots Grill & Bar is one of the South’s favorite restaurant concepts serving up great food in a fun, casual, and family-friendly atmosphere. We are dedicated to giving back to the communities in which we operate with our nonprofit organization “Making Life Grand.” We pride ourself on our “Havin’ A Good Time” culture and now have 15 locations in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.

Ain’t Life Grand Investments Announces the Newest Mugshots Grill & Bar Location in Hoover, AL

Mugshots Grill & Bar to open fifteenth location with three day “Eat Good, Give Back” fundraising event to benefit Hope for Autumn Foundation.

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Ain’t Life Grand Investments, parent company of Mugshots Grill and Bar, Glory Bound Gyro Co., and Topher’s Rock ‘N Roll Grill, announces the newest Mugshots Grill & Bar location opening March 1st in Hoover, AL. This opening will mark Mugshots’ fifteenth location. The weekend of February 26-28, Mugshots will host their three day “Eat Good, Give Back” fund-raising event to benefit Hope for Autumn Foundation. The check presentation will take place Tuesday morning before the company opens its doors to the public at 11:00am. Invitations for this event will be distributed throughout the community as well as posted on all of Mugshots’ social media outlets. All media and public are invited to the check presentation Tuesday, March 1st, at 10:30am.

“We have been honored to support the Hope for Autumn Foundation in the past and we are excited to dedicate our newest location’s “Eat Good, Give Back” soft opening to them. They are a great foundation helping raise funds to benefit the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorder’s Developmental Therapeutics Program, and have helped families with children fighting cancer in need of financial aid.” said Chris McDonald, Founder of Ain’t Life Grand Investments and Mugshots Grill & Bar. “Childhood cancer touched us all last year as we supported Taylor Rayburn, 6 year old cancer survivor and daughter of our Tuscaloosa franchisee. We created Project Team Taylor to raise funds and awareness for Childrens of Birmingham. It was one of the most rewarding events we have done and really helped drive home our company purpose to all of our family members.” McDonald also stated.

“The city of Hoover not only offers great location, events, and infrastructure; it has loyal people. All of these factors are very attractive for business owners” said Bobby Garner, President of Mugshots Grill & Bar. “We are deeply tied to the state of Alabama and are dedicated to serving the residents and visitors of Hoover. We look forward to calling Inverness Corners home.” Garner said in closing.

About Mugshots Grill & Bar:
Mugshots Grill & Bar is one of the South’s favorite restaurant concepts serving up great food in a fun, casual, and family-friendly atmosphere. We are dedicated to giving back to the communities in which we operate with our nonprofit organization Making Life Grand.” We pride ourself on our “Havin’ A Good Time” culture and now have 15 locations in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.

How To Get Complimentary Burgers For A Year At Mugshots Grill & Bar’s Newest Location

Free Burgers For A Year

Free Burgers For A Year

Mugshots Grill & Bar is known for their delicious, award-winning burgers and beer-battered fries. Enjoy complimentary burgers for a year from their newest location in Hoover.

HOOVER, AL (PRWEB) FEBRUARY 03, 2016

Grand Opening: Mugshots Grill & Bar will celebrate the grand opening of its Hoover, AL restaurant (110 Inverness Plaza) on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 11am.

Complimentary Burgers For A Year: One lucky winner chosen randomly from our contest will receive complimentary burgers for a year. That is one Mugshots Speciality Burger per week for 52 weeks. That’s just over a $500 value. Visit the Mugshots Grill & Bar – Hoover, AL Facebook page for the details of the Like & Share contest. The winner will be announced at the Grand Opening.

“Mugshots Hoover will be the 7th Mugshots location in Alabama and 3rd in Greater Birmingham,” said Sam McAlister, Marketing Director of Ain’t Life Grand Investments. “At Mugshots it’s all about ‘Havin’ A Good Time’ so what better way to show that than give away a year worth of free burgers! Our customers have been very supportive of our businesses so we want to have some fun by giving back through social media.”

The 4,500-square-foot grill & bar will feature full service, an outdoor patio and full bar serving local canned and draft beers, wine, craft bourbons, and signature drinks. Mugshots in Hoover will hire approximately 100 local employees and will be able to seat approximately 170 patrons. Visit Mugshots Careers Page to fill out an online application and set up an interview.

About Mugshots Grill & Bar:
Mugshots Grill & Bar is one of the South’s favorite restaurant concepts serving up great food in a fun, casual, and family-friendly atmosphere. We are dedicated to giving back to the communities in which we operate with our nonprofit organization “Making Life Grand.” We pride ourself on our “Havin’ A Good Time” culture and now have 15 locations in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.

Ain’t Life Grand Investments LLC Hires New Director Of Purchasing

Ain’t Life Grand Investments LLC (ALG) the parent company of a growing list of the South’s favorite concepts including Mugshots Grill & Bar, Glory Bound Gyro Co., and Topher’s Rock and Roll Grill, is pleased to announce the addition of Janet McDaniel to the ALG family.

COVINGTON, LA (PRWEB) JANUARY 29, 2016
McDaniel will be stepping into the role of Director of Purchasing for Ain’t Life Grand Investments. She brings over 30 years of experience in the Food and Beverage industry and the knowledge needed to control the ever changing climate of products and pricing. Janet has excelled in the food distribution business working with Southern Food Service, Sysco, and US Foods followed by gaining experience in national account sales and purchasing. During her last 6 years, Janet played a vital role as the Director of Purchasing for Newk’s Eatery during their growth from 19 restaurants in 4 states to 60 restaurants in 17 states.

“Over the last year we have been restructuring by adding internal companies to handle marketing, management, properties, finance, and food & bev.” said founder Chris McDonald. “Janet will round out our team by bringing her knowledge and experience in purchasing. We plan to grow to 50 units over the next 8 years and now with the right people in place that goal is achievable.”

“I am excited and looking forward to working with and helping develop three different restaurant brands.” said McDaniel “What has impressed me the most in regards to ALG is their mission statement, ‘Love God. Love People. Go Change the World.’ and their overall company culture.”

About Ain’t Life Grand Investments
Ain’t Life Grand Investments is behind a growing list of the South’s favorite restaurant concepts, including Mugshots Grill & Bar, Glory Bound Gyro Company and Topher’s Rock ‘N Roll Grill. We serve up great food in a fun, casual, and family-friendly atmosphere, and our fans love it. We are dedicated to giving back to the communities in which we operate and strive to live out our mission statement on a daily basis – “Love God. Love People. Go Change the World.”

The 1st Week of November at ALG

We had quite a first week in November. Our corporate test kitchen has been busy and Chef Eileen has been working hard creating new menu items for the rebranding of Topher’s Rock ‘N Roll Grill. Below are some “Snaps” of the new menu items from our menu Topher’s tasting!

 

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Glory Bound and Mugshots also attended the “Men Who Cook” event. All proceeds benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center: Hope House. Although we didn’t bring home the trophy we had a great time!

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This week we also hosted our monthly Culture Seminar at our home office. We had some very specials guests this week all the way from Cambodia. Den Love David, Rotha Kao, and Rotana Chhanouk Off are visiting us for the next 3 months to learn about the restaurant industry among other areas. They will then take their knowledge back to Cambodia to lead new training and ministry sites for Hard Places Community.

Learn more from Dr. Beverly Smallwood’s Blog

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Ain’t Life Grand Investments LLC Welcomes New Corporate Chef

Chef Eileen Bennett

Ain’t Life Grand Investments LLC Welcomes New Corporate Chef

Ain’t Life Grand Investments LLC, parent company of Mugshots Grill & Bar, Glory Bound Gyro Co., and Topher’s Rock N’ Roll Grill names Eileen Bennett as Corporate Chef

COVINGTON, LA (PRWEB) OCTOBER 02, 2015
Ain’t Life Grand Investments LLC, (ALG) the parent company of a growing list of the south’s favorite restaurant concepts including Mugshots Grill & Bar, Glory Bound Gyro Co., and Topher’s Rock N’ Roll Grill, is pleased to announce the addition of Eileen Bennett to the ALG Family.

Bennett, a sixth-generation New Orleanian and mother of 3 boys, will be stepping into the role of Corporate/Test Kitchen Chef for Ain’t Life Grand Investments. She brings over 25 years of culinary experience and has excelled in such positions as culinary instructor, chef de cuisine, sous-chef, and pastry chef. From the age of 12 Eileen has been in either a hotel or restaurant kitchen. From bar-back and short order cook to catering, Eileen understands personalized customer service, the restaurant industry, and knows how to stay creative. Her culinary creations and inspirations embody the spirit and flavor that is New Orleans and Southern Cuisine.

“We couldn’t be more excited to bring Chef Eileen on board,” said Chris McDonald, founder of Ain’t Life Grand Investments. “She has an incredible mixture of experience and creativity that has already inspired our corporate headquarters as she has made our new test kitchen her home. Our customers and restaurant family are going to love her and what she creates for our current and future restaurants and menus.”

Over the last 25 years she has worked with renowned New Orleans chefs such as Alison Vega, Susan Spicer of Bayona, and most recently Tony Bosco of Bosco’s Italian Cafe. In 2014, Bosco’s and Chef Bennett received national rave reviews for her “Louisiana Crawfish King Cake.” This savory puff pastry, filled with crawfish tails, pepper jack cheese, bell pepper and spices, is dusted with colored Parmesan and drizzled with her special blend of herbed cream “icing.” This unusually unique pastry was created by Bennett and traditionally served at her mother’s renowned Mardi Gras parties in the French Quarter for over 18 years.

In addition to her education, experience, and creativity, Chef Eileen gives back to the community with her time and talents. She has been a Pro-Start Team Mentor at Fontainebleau High School, appeared in the Culinary Arts Series at Hammond Regional Arts Center, and is an instructor at Culinary Kids, where she leads their Advanced Cooking Classes for kids, All-Abilities Classes for young adults, and a Global Food Series for their Adult Corks and Cooking Classes. Last spring she represented Culinary Kids in the Girl Scouts of America Cookies and Cocktails Party at Harrah’s Casino in New Orleans.

“I’m looking forward to this next chapter in my culinary journey,” stated Chef Eileen. “I’m excited about the opportunity to help develop three different restaurant brands and menus, but even more excited about how our nonprofit group, Making Life Grand, will allow me to use my talents to change people’s lives.”

Glory Bound Gyro Co. Opens Birmingham Location with Ribbon Cutting and Check Presentation

Glory Bound Gyro Co. holds soft opening charity event in downtown Birmingham, AL to kick off the weekend with good food, good times, and an opportunity to give back.

BIRMINGHAM, AL (PRWEB) AUGUST 18, 2015

Unique food and giving back is what Glory Bound Gyro Co. is all about. Located at 101 20th Street South, the newest addition to the Glory Bound brand in Birmingham opened its doors for business on Tuesday, August 18th.

After hosting their “Eat Good, Give Back” soft opening fund raising event the weekend before, Glory Bound Gyro Co. and their nonprofit, Making Life Grand, were able to raise funds and awareness for the Children’s Advocacy Center: Prescott House and Railroad Park. “Our Birmingham opening was a great experience,” said Sam McAlister, Marketing Director for Ain’t Life Grand Investments. “Everyone who dined with us over the weekend loved the “Eat Good Give Back” experience and were very excited to have Glory Bound as a new dining option in Birmingham.” Tuesday morning during the opening day ribbon cutting ceremony Glory Bound founders and staff presented a check to the Prescott House and Railroad Park in the amount of $4,179.24.

Founder Chris McDonald stated, “The Birmingham market has been great for our businesses. Both locations of Mugshots Grill & Bar thrive here and we’re so excited to introduce our Glory Bound brand and concept to Birmingham.”

“The future is bright.” said founder Will Taylor. “I believe this store will be a staple in downtown Birmingham. This is the first Glory Bound in Birmingham and I think our customers will love our unique concept from the gyros to the great environment we’ve created.”

About Glory Bound Gyro Company
The Glory Bound Gyro Co. concept opened their first location in Hattiesburg, MS in 2009 with the vision of serving fresh ingredients and handcrafted menu items in a funky, fun filled environment. In their first year, they sold over 68,000 Gyros! Glory Bound now has four locations spanning three states. For more information visit http://www.gloryboundgyroco.com

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Ain’t Life Grand Investments Announces the Newest Glory Bound Gyro Co. location in Birmingham, AL

Glory Bound Gyro Co. – Birmingham, AL. to open fourth location with Eat Good Give Back fundraising event. Proceeds from this three day event will be donated to two local charities.

BIRMINGHAM, AL (PRWEB) AUGUST 11, 2015

Ain’t Life Grand Investments, parent company of Mugshots Grill and Bar, Glory Bound Gyro Co., and Topher’s Rock ‘N Roll Grill, announces the newest Glory Bound Gyro Co. location opening August 18th in Birmingham, AL. This opening will mark Glory Bound’s fourth location. The weekend of August 14-16, Glory Bound will host their “Eat Good, Give Back” fund-raising event. Proceeds from this three day event will be donated to the Child Advocacy Center: Prescott House and Railroad Park with a check presentation Tuesday morning before the company opens its doors to the public at 11:00am. Invites for this event will be distributed throughout the community as well as posted on all of Glory Bound’s social media outlets. All media and public are invited to the check presentation Tuesday, August 18th, at 10:30am. Glory Bound, a new age American concept with mediterranean influences, offers a number of craft hummus flavors, fresh chopped salads, and unique gyros.

“We are so humbled by the success we’ve had in the Birmingham market with our Mugshots brand.” said Co-Founder, Chris McDonald. “We can’t wait to see the response from introducing the Glory Bound concept to downtown Birmingham.” McDonald also stated.
“The emerging downtown area is taking off and being a part of the ongoing revitalization is exciting.” said Co-Founder, Will Taylor. “The partnerships we’ve formed with the Prescott House and Railroad Park have been great and we look forward to continuing our tradition of giving back to our local communities through our ‘Eat Good Give Back’ soft opening.” Taylor said in closing.

The Glory Bound Gyro Co – Birmingham location will seat approximately 120 guests with both inside and outside dining.

“The interior decor includes locally sourced reclaimed wood, white washed brick, and wooden bartop.” said Director of Grand Properties, Jason Warshauer. “Our General Contractor, Burton Mac, Inc. and Architect, Jeff Cahill did a great job creating a unique environment which I think complements downtown Birmingham and the Glory Bound brand.”

About Glory Bound Gyro Company
The Glory Bound Gyro Co. concept opened their first location in Hattiesburg, MS in 2009. Currently, Glory Bound has four locations across three states. Glory Bound is always interested in new opportunities and is slated for expansion in 2016. For more information visit http://www.gloryboundgyroco.com

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Making Life Grand Donates $23,123.94 to Children’s of Alabama and Camp Smile-A-Mile for Cancer Research

Ain’t Life Grand Investments and their nonprofit Making Life Grand donates check on behalf of Project Team Taylor to Children’s of Alabama and Camp Smile-A-Mile.

BIRMINGHAM, AL (PRWEB) AUGUST 06, 2015

This morning Ain’t Life Grand Investments, Making Life Grand, and Project Team Taylor met representatives of Children’s of Alabama and Camp Smile-A-Mile at the newest location of Glory Bound Gyro Co. in downtown Birmingham, AL to present the check from the inaugural Project Team Taylor company wide giveback held at all locations of Mugshots Grill & Bar, Glory Bound Gyro Co., and Topher’s Rock ‘N Roll Grill.

Project Team Taylor was created to raise funds and awareness for Pediatric Cancer Research & Treatment. 6 year old Taylor Rayburn, daughter of Allison and Cliff Rayburn, was diagnosed with a Wilms’ Tumor on April 27th, 2015 and received treatment at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, AL. June 11, Taylor’s birthday, will mark the day of our annual giveback to help fight cancer.

“The entire staff at Children’s couldn’t have been more gracious,” said Mugshots Tuscaloosa Franchisee, Cliff Rayburn. “The treatment, care, and confidence of the staff at Children’s made Taylor feel as comfortable as possible and our family felt as if we were a part of the Children’s family. This is when we realized that we had to do something as a company to give back to these organizations who are helping the fight against cancer.”

“Giving back, changing lives, and making a difference in communities is what Making Life Grand is all about.” said Founder of Ain’t Life Grand Investments, Chris McDonald. “It’s one thing to give back but when it’s a family member it makes it that much more special. One thing this giveback did for the whole company, that I wasn’t expecting, was show us just how much cancer is part of many people’s lives. We had visits from customers who were coming in to remember loved ones taken by cancer and also customers celebrating those who are cancer survivors.” McDonald also stated.

About Making Life Grand:
Making Life Grand is the nonprofit of Ain’t Life Grand Investments; the parent company to three of the South’s favorite restaurant concepts. We are dedicated to giving back to the communities in which we operate. Our Mission at Ain’t Life Grand Investments: Love God. Love People. Go Change the World.

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Glory Bound Gyro Co. Opens Covington Location with Ribbon Cutting and Check Presentation

Glory Bound Gyro Co. holds soft opening charity event in Covington, LA to kick off the weekend with good food, a good time, and an opportunity to give back.

COVINGTON, LA (PRWEB) JULY 21, 2015

Unique food, “Eat Gyros Be Happy”, and Giving Back is what Glory Bound Gyro Co. is all about. Located at 500 River Highlands Blvd, the newest addition to the Glory Bound brand in Louisiana opened its doors for business on Tuesday, July 21st.

After hosting their “Eat Good, Give Back” soft opening fund raising event the weekend before, Glory Bound Gyro Co. and their nonprofit, Making Life Grand, were able to raise funds and awareness for the Children’s Advocacy Center: Hope House, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at STPH, Team Buna, and Reagan’s Peanut Butter Project. “The opening in Covington has been a great experience,” said Sam McAlister, Marketing Director for Glory Bound. “We’ve had positive feedback from every customer. It’s been great to see everyone’s reactions to the new menu items and environment.” Tuesday morning during the opening day ribbon cutting ceremony Glory Bound founders and staff presented a check to four local charities in the amount of $8,290.60.

Founder Chris McDonald stated, “It’s our mission to give back, and being from Covington it’s truly an honor to bring our restaurant concepts, our executive team, and relocate our headquarters to my hometown. It’s like a dream come true.”

“I think the future is bright,” said founder Will Taylor. “I believe this store will be a staple on the Northshore. This is the first Glory Bound in Louisiana and I think our customers will love our unique concept from the menu to the details in the building design.” The Covington opening marks the third location of the Glory Bound brand with 1 more location slated to open this year.

About Glory Bound Gyro Company
The Glory Bound Gyro Co. concept opened their first location in Hattiesburg, MS in 2009. Currently, Glory Bound has three locations in three states. Glory Bound will be opening its fourth location in Birmingham, AL in early August of 2015. For more information visit http://www.gloryboundgyroco.com

Ain’t Life Grand Investments announces the newest Glory Bound Gyro Co. location in Covington, LA

Glory Bound Gyro Co. – Covington, LA. to open third location with Eat Good Give Back fundraising event. Proceeds from this three day event will be donated to four local charities.

COVINGTON, LA (PRWEB) JULY 06, 2015

Ain’t Life Grand Investments, parent company of Mugshots Grill and Bar, Glory Bound Gyro Co., and Topher’s Rock ‘N Roll Grill, announces the newest Glory Bound Gyro Co. location opening July 21st in Covington, LA. This opening will mark Glory Bound’s third location. The weekend of July 17-19, Glory Bound will host their “Eat Good, Give Back” fund-raising event. Proceeds from this three day event will be donated to the Child Advocacy Center: Hope House, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, Reagan’s Peanut Butter Project, and Team Buna with four check presentations Tuesday morning before the company opens its doors to the public at 11:00am. Invites for this event will be distributed throughout the Northshore community as well as posted on all of Glory Bound’s social media outlets. All media and public are invited to the check presentation Tuesday, July 21st, at 10:30am. Glory Bound, a new age American concept with mediterranean influences, offers a number of craft hummus flavors, fresh chopped salads, and unique gyros.

“Through the years, Glory Bound has developed into a great concept that we are extremely proud of,” said Co-Founder, Will Taylor. “Our product is unique, and I think that’s what draws people to Glory Bound.” Taylor also stated.

“We couldn’t be more excited about bringing the Glory Bound concept to the Northshore.” said Co-Founder and Covington native, Chris McDonald. “Personally it’s always been a dream of mine to bring all three of our Ain’t Life Grand restaurant concepts to this area and continue our tradition of giving back to our local communities, which this time happens to be my hometown,” McDonald said in closing.

The Glory Bound Gyro Co- Covington location will seat approximately 110 guests with both inside and outside dining.

“The interior decor includes locally sourced reclaimed wood, white washed brick, and concrete bartop.” said Director of Grand Properties, Jason Warshauer. “McMath Construction and Piazza Architecture Planning did a great job creating a unique environment which I think complements the Glory Bound brand.”

About Glory Bound Gyro Company
The Glory Bound Gyro Co. concept opened their first location in Hattiesburg, MS in 2009. Currently, the Glory Bound has two locations in two states. Glory Bound will also be opening its fourth location in Birmingham, AL in early August of 2015. For more information visit http://www.gloryboundgyroco.com

Mugshots Grill & Bar Opens Tupelo Location with Ribbon Cutting and Check Presentation

Mugshots Grill & Bar Opens Tupelo Location with Ribbon Cutting and Check Presentation

Mugshots Grill & Bar holds soft opening charity event in Tupelo, MS to kick off the weekend with good food, a good time, and an opportunity to give back.

Good food, “Havin’ A Good Time”, and Giving Back is what Mugshots Grill & Bar is all about. Located on Main Street in the Fairpark District, the newest addition to the Mugshots brand in Mississippi opened its doors for business on Tuesday, June 2.

After hosting their “Eat Good, Give Back” soft opening fund raising event the weekend before, Mugshots Grill & Bar and their nonprofit, Making Life Grand, were able to raise funds and awareness for the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society. “The opening in Tupelo has been overwhelming,” said Sam McAlister, Marketing Director for Mugshots. “We had so many reservations, we had no more space for three days. That’s never happened.” Tuesday morning during the opening day ribbon cutting ceremony Mugshots founders and their local franchisees presented a check to the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society in the amount of $17,859. ” I think the future is bright,” said founder Chris McDonald. “I think this store will be a staple of North Mississippi. We’ve been in this state for about ten years now, starting in Hattiesburg, MS, and its been great seeing all the support we have had.” The Tupelo opening marks the thirteenth location of the Mugshots brand with 2 more locations slated to open this year.

About Mugshots Grill & Bar:

Mugshots Grill & Bar is one of the South’s favorite restaurant concepts serving up great food in a fun, casual, and family-friendly atmosphere. We are dedicated to giving back to the communities in which we operate with our nonprofit organization “Making Life Grand.” We pride ourself on our “Havin’ A Good Time” culture and now have 13 locations in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.

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Ain’t Life Grand Investments partners with Project Team Taylor to Raise Funds & Awareness for Pediatric Cancer Research & Treatment

Project Team Taylor was created to raise funds and awareness for Pediatric Cancer Research & Treatment. Taylor was diagnosed with a Wilms’ Tumor on April 27th, 2015 and is receiving treatment at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, AL.

TUSACALOOSA, AL (PRWEB) JUNE 05, 2015

Project Team Taylor was created to raise funds and awareness for Pediatric Cancer Research & Treatment. Taylor was diagnosed with a Wilms’ Tumor on April 27th, 2015 and is receiving treatment at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, AL.
Taylor’s parents, Cliff and Allison, are owners of Mugshots Grill and Bar – Tuscaloosa, Al. Cliff Rayburn has been with Mugshots Grill & Bar for over a decade across all the ALG brands. Ain’t Life Grand Investments is looking forward to rallying around this family.

Taylor’s 6th birthday is June 11, 2015. Ain’t Life Grand Investments will be donating 25% of total sales on Thursday, June 11 from 13 of it’s participating restaurants including the brands: Mugshots Grill & Bar, Glory Bound Gyro Co., and Topher’s Rock ‘N Roll Grill to Children’s Hospital and Camp Smile-A-Mile. Please dine with us at our participation restaurants on June 11, 2015 to raise funds for these great organizations. We have locations in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.
Our Mission at Ain’t Life Grand Investments: Love God. Love People. Go Change the World.

Stay tuned for the details and please like Project Team Taylor on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectteamtaylor
Participate today by purchasing a T-Shirt from our Booster Page: https://www.booster.com/projectteamtaylor

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Glory Bound Gyro Company Holds Ground Breaking Ceremony For New Location in Covington, LA

Glory Bound Gyro Company broke ground yesterday in Covington, LA to mark the start of the construction for the 2015 spring opening.

COVINGTON, LA (PRWEB) DECEMBER 11, 2014

Glory Bound Gyro Company announces the ground breaking for the 2015 opening in Covington, LA. McMath Construction of Mandeville, LA broke ground yesterday with plans to open in the spring of 2015.
“It’s an exciting time for the Glory Bound brand and family,” said Glory Bound Owner, Will Taylor. “We’re extremely excited about bringing the Glory Bound brand to Covington and becoming part of the Northshore community. Next year will be all about growth for Glory Bound and we are excited to open 2 new locations in 2015.” Taylor also stated.

Glory Bound hosted their groundbreaking ceremony yesterday Wednesday, December 10th at 11:00 A.M. to announce the new Northshore location and the plans for the 2015 opening.
“The opening of our Glory Bound restaurant will establish the second concept from Ain’t Life Grand Investments here on the Northshore, which means a lot to me since Covington is my hometown. I couldn’t be happier about sharing this unique, wonderful concept with the local community of Covington.” said Glory Bound Owner, Chris McDonald.

Glory Bound will also be announcing an ‘Eat Good, Give Back’ fundraising event with the company’s nonprofit group Making Life Grand. That event will be held prior to opening day.
About Glory Bound Gyro Company

The Glory Bound Gyro Company concept opened their first location in Hattiesburg, MS in 2009 serving up Mediterranean Cuisine with a Southern Twist. The franchise concept has two locations in two states with two more locations slated to open in 2015. For more information visit http://www.gloryboundgyroco.com

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Newest Mugshots Bar & Grill Grand Opening in Uptown Birmingham

A grand opening ceremony was held the morning of May 20th for our newest Mugshots Grill and Bar to open in Birmingham’s Uptown Entertainment District. Our new restaurant is located at 2312 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd North.

The restaurant held a soft opening over the weekend where 100% of its proceeds were given to the Prescott House Child Advocacy Center. Officials presented the check to Prescott Tuesday morning before the official grand opening.

(Read the full article and view photos here.)

More coverage on the grand opening:

WN.com – Maki Fresh, Mugshots opening this week

AL.com – Five new places to eat in Birmingham this week

Ain’t Life Grand Investments Welcomes Three New Team Members

Ain’t Life Grand Investments LLC, parent company of Mugshots Grill & Bar, Glory Bound Gyro Co, and Tophers Rock N’ Roll Grill announces the addition of three new positions to the ALG Staff.

Madison, United States,February 11,2014/Free-Press-Release.com/ — Madison, MS- Ain’t Life Grand Investments LLC,(ALG) the parent company of a growing list of the south’s favorite restaurant concepts including: Mugshots Grill & Bar, Glory Bound Gyro Co., and Tophers Rock N’ Roll Grill, is excited to announce the addition of three new positions to the ALG Staff for the upcoming 2014 year. “We could not be happier about the addition of these new positions and the men we have selected to fill these positions that will help our company continue to improve as we grow” stated Ain’t Life Grand Investments Founder, Chris McDonald.

Ain’t Life Grand Investments is pleased to announce the addition of Sean McCarty to the ALG Family. McCarty, a Metairie, LA native, will be stepping into the role of Corporate Trainer which will oversee the training of all current and future employees of ALG. McCarty has worked as a manager within the Mugshots Grill & Bar concept over the past four years, and he recently became an owning partner in the newest Mugshots Grill & Bar location in Covington, LA. “With three to five new locations planned to open for the Mugshots brand over the next twelve months, the corporate training position is one we’ve been eager to fill”, said Chris Banchero, President of Operations for Mugshots Grill & Bar. “I’m really excited about the chance to step into this new role with the ALG family,” said McCarty. “I think this role will play an important part in the growth of ALG and I’m looking forward to the challenge,” McCarty also stated.

Ain’t Life Grand Investments is also pleased to announce the addition of Bobby Garner. Garner, a native of Gulfport, MS, will be filling the role of Corporate Area Manager within ALG. Garner will be overseeing the operations of all ALG locations within the Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi area. Garner has been with the Mugshots brand the past two and half years as an Owner/Operator at the Mugshots Grill & Bar- Montgomery, AL location. “Having Bobby step into this important role for the company is going to be beneficial to us as we continue to expand,” said ALG Founder, Chris McDonald. “I’ve had the chance to watch this company grow from one small location to where it is now and to say that it’s something special is an understatement,” said Garner. “I’m excited to be part of this company and see what the future holds,” Garner also stated.

The most recent addition to the Ain’t Life Grand Investments family came with the hiring of Jason Warshauer. Warshauer, a Covington, LA native, will be stepping into the role of Corporate Project Manager for ALG in which he’ll be overseeing the construction and development phases for all future ALG locations. With over thirteen years experience in the construction field, Warshauer is eager to bring his expertise to the ALG family. “I couldn’t be happier about stepping into this role with this great company,” said Warshauer. “I believe bringing the experience I have in this field will do nothing but add to the current momentum of ALG as we prepare for future expansion,” Warshauer also stated. “I’ve had the privilege of knowing Jason for a long time, and I’ve always been impressed by his work ethic and what he has been able to accomplish over the years,” said McDonald. “I think the addition of Jason to the ALG family is going to be a great fit as we prepare for the future,” McDonald also stated.

With the new additions, the ALG family is gearing up for a busy 2014 in addition to beginning the development phases for new locations in 2015. “It’s a very exciting time here at ALG with the addition of the new corporate positions. We are truly blessed to be experiencing this growth,” stated McDonald. “I know the men filling these positions share our core values that have made us who we are today. Together, we’ll move forward and continue to chase our dreams,” said McDonald.

See more at: http://www.free-press-release.com/news-ain-t-life-grand-investments-welcomes-three-new-team-members-1392144206.html

Restaurant Grand Opening Tomorrow to Include Donation to Children’s Advocacy Center

After the successful soft opening last weekend, Mugshots Grill & Bar,
300 River Highland Road, Covington, will hold a grand opening ceremony tomorrow at 10:30 a.m., but it’s not your standard grip-and-grin photo op: All revenue from the weekend’s sales will be presented to the Children’s Advocacy Center at tomorrow’s event, helping fund the non-profit agency that serves abused children in St. Tammany and Washington Parishes. Continue reading