AquaKnox Earns 2013 Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Award

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| Source: Tavistock Restaurants

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 10, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AquaKnox, the modern seafood restaurant in The Venetian Las Vegas®, was recently awarded the 2013 Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Award.

As a Forbes Global Star Rating Program participant, AquaKnox brings home another milestone achievement for Tavistock Restaurants, which owns a total of 15 award-winning upscale and fast-casual restaurant concepts across the U.S. The award celebrates AquaKnox as an outstanding establishment, offering guests a truly exceptional level of luxury and service in the Las Vegas upscale dining scene.

"We believe AquaKnox is patronized by locals and visitors because we work exceptionally hard to provide an incomparable dining experience," said Steve Aguglia, executive chef at AquaKnox. "To be recognized by an industry leader such as Forbes Travel Guide for our hard work and passion for delivering fresh seafood is an absolute honor."

AquaKnox features a state-of-the-art open kitchen alongside a team of expert chefs that uphold the highest culinary standards. Signature dishes include Maine lobster bisque, John Dory, and lobster surf and turf, all made with fresh seafood flown in daily from around the world.

"We're incredibly proud of AquaKnox's performance, especially given the national stage that is Las Vegas, playing host to one of the country's most demanding dining marketplaces," said Bryan Lockwood, chief executive officer of Tavistock Restaurants. "This award will serve as positive reinforcement as we deepen our commitment across our portfolio of Tavistock Restaurants and continue to deliver excellence in this region."

Forbes Travel Guide announces its Global Star Ratings twice yearly, honoring the world's finest hotels, restaurants and spas that meet its stringent hospitality standards. Winners are evaluated based on a pool of 500 criteria. A complete list of 2013 Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Award winners can be viewed at www.forbestravelguide.com.

In addition to AquaKnox, Tavistock Restaurants also hosts the following award-winning restaurant concepts in its portfolio: Abe & Louie's, Napa Valley Grille, California Café, Atlantic Fish, Coach Grill, ZED451, Joe's American Bar & Grill, Alcatraz Brewing Co., Blackhawk Grille, Timpano Chophouse, Café del Rey, Taqueria Canonita, Sapporo and Freebirds World Burrito. For more information on Tavistock Restaurants, visit www.tavistockrestaurants.com.

About Tavistock Restaurants, LLC

Tavistock Restaurants is a rapidly growing, privately held company operating 15 unique concepts from fast casual to upscale, fine dining restaurants including Abe & Louie's, ZED451, Joe's American Bar & Grill and Freebirds World Burrito, one of the fastest growing concepts with more than 100 locations across the United States. Tavistock Restaurants lives by the same mission as its parent company, Tavistock Group; a privately held investment company founded by Joe Lewis and committed to excellence in everything in it does. For more information, visit www.tavistockrestaurants.com.

About Tavistock Group

Tavistock Group is an international private investment organization founded by Joe Lewis more than 35 years ago. With investments in more than 200 companies across 15 countries, Tavistock Group's investment portfolio includes: life sciences, sports teams and sporting events, manufacturing and distribution, oil, gas and energy, financial services, restaurants, commercial properties, private luxury residential properties, resort properties and master-planned real estate developments. For more information, visit www.tavistock.com.

Lauren Morgan
Tavistock Group
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