Open Wide, Virginia: The Monte Cristo is Coming Back!

Open Wide, Virginia: The Monte Cristo is Coming Back!
Bennigan’s epic comeback continues with Tysons Corner opening August 19th

It’s been five years since the World Famous Monte Cristo has been served in Northern Virginia.  But thanks to a nationwide resurgence of the iconic Bennigan’s restaurant chain, it’s only a matter of days before locals will once again be able to sink their teeth into the classic American sandwich.

The newest Bennigan’s will officially open its doors on Monday, August 19th, at 8201 Greensboro Drive in McLean, across from the Tysons Galleria Mall.  A festive grand opening celebration has been scheduled for September 13th.

“Ever since my days as a manager at my neighborhood Bennigan’s, I’ve had a passion for the brand and all it stands for,” said Mazhar Chughtai, franchise owner of the Tysons restaurant.  “I believe very strongly in providing Legendary customer service and in our focus on chef-driven food.  Now that Bennigan’s is back and growing again under strong corporate leadership, I couldn’t wait to serve up some Irish hospitality here in my new home in Northern Virginia.”

The Tysons Corner restaurant, which will add nearly 100 jobs to the local economy, offers 16 beers on tap, HD TVs throughout the building – including in the restrooms – VIP meeting rooms and an outdoor patio bar with canopy.  In addition to the Monte Cristo, the menu features such traditional Bennigan’s favorites as its Oh, Baby Back Ribs, the Turkey O’Toole, the Big Irish and a wide assortment of innovative specialty drinks.

“Mazhar is a terrific operator, and he’s put together a great team to lead Bennigan’s return to the Beltway area,” said Paul Mangiamele, Bennigan’s President and CEO.  “We’re assembling an extraordinary team of franchisees that, like us, ‘bleed green’ and share an intense passion and nostalgia for the Bennigan’s brand.  I’m especially excited about the Tysons restaurant because we have a great history in this region, and we know how much people are looking forward to our return.”

Now nearly a 100-unit company, Bennigan’s has experienced extensive domestic and international expansion over the past two years. Bennigan’s Franchising Company plans to continue its growth momentum with agreements to develop more than 30 new restaurants in the next few years in New Jersey, Virginia, Texas, Arkansas, Minnesota, Florida, Tennessee and Michigan, and international openings slated for Dubai, Mexico, Central America, Cyprus and Korea at US Army Base, Camp Humphreys.

The Tysons restaurant will be open from 11:00 AM to 1:00 AM Sunday through Thursday, and until 2:00 AM Friday and Saturday.

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Open Wide, Virginia: The Monte Cristo is Coming Back!

Bennigan’s is a high-energy neighborhood restaurant and tavern that is redefining casual dining. With chef-driven food, innovative drinks and warm, friendly Irish Hospitality, this Legendary brand delivers memorable dining experiences to every guest, every meal, every day. Every member of the team “bleeds green,” and demonstrates a 25/8 focus to support its franchise community. The company’s revolutionary comeback has introduced a new generation of Bennigan’s that reflects the brand’s history and pays respect to its rich heritage. Bennigan’s focus on reinvention, flexible prototypes, innovative food, Legendary service and other sales-generating initiatives has resulted in explosive growth both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit or call 855-GOT-BENN.