In attendance at the convention and representing their team were Ryan Batley, Megan Batley, Rich Batley and Lori Batley. In accepting the award, Ryan Batley, Food and Beverage Director, commented, “We are very proud of our entire team in Neenah at both the Ground Round and BEST WESTERN PREMIER Bridgewood Resort, and how they’ve all grown in their excellence in quality and results over the past ten years.” The Ground Round Grill & Bar and BEST WESTERN PREMIER Bridgewood Resort and golf course have all been open since 2003 and currently employ 150 full time and part time employees from the local area.
The Ground Round IOC Cooperative represents a group of independent franchise owners who purchased the Ground Round Franchise Rights and Trademarks in 2004. Since their brand acquisition, the group is now debt free and expanding, with 4 new openings expected in 2015. Ground Round offers a unique franchise model whereby its franchisees not only own their own franchise, but can purchase and own an ownership/membership share in the overall future and growth of the brand as well. The IOC presently operates 27 restaurants in 10 U.S. States, with headquarters based in Freeport, ME. Other Wisconsin locations include Oshkosh, Tomah, Onalaska, and a new Ground Round opening soon in the Milwaukee area in Brookfield, WI. For more information, visit www.groundround.com.