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U.S. Chamber Names Rapoport's Restaurant group Southeast Regional Winner for 2013 Small Business of the Year Award

Rapoport's Awarded Regional Title Among Thousands of Small Businesses Nationwide
    BOCA, RATON, FL, February 23, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- On February 15, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce named Rapoport's Restaurant Group one of seven national finalists for the 2013 DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award, who were selected from the top 100 Blue Ribbon Award winners. Additionally, all Blue Ribbon finalists are eligible for the Community Excellence Award, designed to highlight a business that has found success in the eyes of its community, which will be decided through online public voting until February 22. Both award winners will be honored during America's Small Business Summit, April 29 - May 1, in Washington, D.C.

"Rapoport's Restaurant Group is a living example of the power of free enterprise at work in our economy. Through their hard work and talents, they are enriching their community, expanding opportunities for others, and fulfilling their own dreams," said Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber. "We salute Rapoport's Restaurant Group for the vital contributions they make to our economy and our society."

Known for its award-winning restaurants and sandwich shop, Rapoport's Restaurant Group was founded in 2000 with the opening of Henry's. President of the well-known South Florida restaurant group, Burt Rapoport, expanded the group to include, Bogart's Bar & Grille on the Premier Level of Cinemark Palace 20 Theater, Deck 84, waterfront on Atlantic Ave. Delray Beach, E&J's Sandwich Shop, and their latest concept Burt & Max's, which recently opened at the Delray Marketplace on February 15. Rapoport's Restaurant Group is an active community member, donating more than $75,000 in 2012 to local organizations including the George Snow Scholarship Fund, Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Tri County Humane Society and the American Association of Caregiving Youth.
"We are extremely honored and grateful to the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce for our nomination as well as the entire community for continuing to vote for Rapoport's Restaurant Group," says owner Burt Rapoport. "Thank you for all your support, without you, Rapoport's Restaurant Group would not be able to provide its services and donations to our local community."

To learn more about the summit or to cast your votes for Rapoport's Restaurant Group to win the Community Excellence Award, visit http://www.uschambersummit.com/award. Deadline for voting is February 22, 2013. To schedule a media interview, please contact Amber Clark at The Gab Group at 561-750-3500 or email amber@thegabgroup.com.

About Rapoport's Restaurant Group
Rapoport's Restaurant Group, Inc., led by veteran restaurateur Burt Rapoport, has positively influenced the palates of South Florida diners for thirty years. Dedicated to providing high-quality cuisine for a good value, a warm and welcoming ambiance, and truly attentive service at all of his restaurants, Burt Rapoport has redefined dining in South Florida. The collection of Rapoport's restaurants, which include Henry's at 16850 Jog Road in The Shoppes at Addison Place in Delray Beach, Bogart's Bar & Grille situated on the second level of the Cinemark Palace 20 in Boca Raton, Delray's Deck 84, located at 840 E. Atlantic Ave. on the Intracoastal and Burt and Max's, have been the recipients of many honors awarded by not only local and nationally known food critics but by consumers who have selected Rapoport's restaurants to win awards of distinction for Favorite Restaurant, Best Service, Best Business Lunch, Best Dining Entertainment, Best Fine Dining and Best Outdoor Dining, among others


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