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Glory Days Grill® Wins Big at the VRLTA 'Ordinary' Awards

Gaithersburg, MD — October 9, 2018 — Glory Days Grill is thrilled to announce two major awards received at the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association’s (VRLTA) 2018 Ordinary Awards Dinner on October 2, 2018. Executive Vice President, Gary Cohen, was awarded the Jim Wordsworth Award for Restaurateur of the Year; and Glory Days Grill in Burke, along with Managing Partner Jim Rafferty, was awarded Restaurant of the Year.

Named after the oldest inn in America, called Chinn’s “Ordinary”, the winners of the Ordinary Awards “represent all the extraordinary people and companies that make up Virginia’s hospitality and tourism industry,” said Eric Terry President of the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association. “On behalf of the VRLTA, our staff, and board, we applaud the efforts of these individuals for the exemplary work they have done and will continue to do.”

Gary Cohen’s career encompasses forty years of management in the restaurant and hospitality industry, all in Northern Virginia. Through his personal and professional life, Gary has consistently demonstrated his ability to achieve the highest standards of excellence. He is the consummate professional, yet humble, personable, and modest. Through his leadership, Gary has created a culture of excellence and hospitality that sets Glory Days Grill apart from its competitors.

Glory Days Grill in Burke, under the leadership of Jim Rafferty, is Glory Days Grill’s first restaurant which opened April 16, 1996. The Burke restaurant has grown and thrived as the “cornerstone” of its community where locals and sports fans flock to enjoy delicious food and celebrate their “glory days”. Often referred to as “The Mayor of Burke”, Jim earned this title by integrating himself into the community from his first day in business.

Glory Days Grill is a sports-themed family restaurant operating 33 corporate and franchised restaurants in 5 states. The company is in the midst of a significant growth period opening 4 company and franchised restaurants in 2017 with an additional 5 restaurants opened by the end of 2018. Glory Days Grill is committed to excellence in food and hospitality, the enjoyment of sports, and contributing to the communities in which they operate. These awards follow Executive Chef, Tony Cochones’, Chef of the Year Award at the 2017 VRLTA Ordinary Awards, as well as the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Neighbor Award which the company has won an impressive 14 times in both Maryland and Virginia.

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Founded by Richard Danker, Bob Garner and Jeff Newman, Glory Days Grill is a full-service, sports-themed family restaurant featuring a wide selection of food items served at very affordable prices with outstanding service and real-time entertainment.  Every restaurant brings together award-winning menus accompanied by numerous large screen televisions tuned to a variety of sports, cartoons, news and entertainment offerings. Tables and booths have individual volume-controlled speaker stations adding to the guest’s enjoyment.  Many locations have private banquet facilities and all feature catering services. Glory Days Grill has been named Best Casual Theme Restaurant, Best American Restaurant, Best Sports Bar, and has also received accolades for Best Ribs, Best Wings, Best Chili, Best Burger and Best Bartender to name a few. For more information, visit and


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