BURLINGTON, ON, June 12 /CNW/ - SIR Corp. ("SIR"), a leading Canadian
operator of casual and fine dining restaurants, today announced that, in
response to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") warning concerning
Salmonella serotype Saintpaul, an uncommon type of Salmonella, currently
associated with certain U.S.-grown raw red plum, red Roma and red round
tomatoes, its Concept Restaurants are currently serving only fresh vine
ripened or locally-grown Hot House tomatoes that are deemed safe for
consumption. SIR's Concept Restaurants, which include Jack Astor's Bar and
Grill(R); Alice Fazooli's!(R), and Canyon Creek Chop House(R) expect to
continue to serve only locally-grown fresh tomato product until concerns
surrounding Salmonella in certain U.S.-grown tomatoes have been resolved.
SIR's Signature Restaurants, which include reds(R), Far Niente(R)/FOUR(TM) and
Petit Four(TM), Brasserie Frisco(R) and the Loose Moose Tap & Grill(R), only
serve locally-grown Hot House tomatoes.
As always, the staff at all SIR restaurants continues to use safe food
handling and preparation practices. For more information regarding the FDA
warning, please visit the FDA website at www.fda.gov or the Canadian Food
Inspection Agency website at www.inspection.gc.ca.
About SIR Corp.
SIR is a privately held Canadian corporation that owns and operates a
portfolio of 42 restaurants in Canada. SIR's concept brands include: Jack
Astor's Bar and Grill(R), with 26 locations; Alice Fazooli's!(R), with five
locations; and Canyon Creek Chop House(R), with eight locations. SIR also
operates one-of-a-kind "signature" brands in downtown Toronto, which comprise
the upscale reds(R), Far Niente(R)/FOUR(TM) & Petit Four(TM), and the Loose
Moose Tap & Grill(R). All trademarks related to the concept and signature
brands noted above are used by SIR under a license agreement with SIR Royalty
Limited Partnership in consideration for a Royalty, payable by SIR to the
Partnership, equal to six percent of the revenue of the 39 restaurants
currently included in the Royalty pool. For more information on SIR Corp. or
the SIR Royalty Income Fund, please visit www.sircorp.com.
About SIR Royalty Income Fund
The Fund is a trust governed by the laws of the province of Ontario that
receives distribution income from its investment in the SIR Royalty Limited
Partnership and interest income from the SIR Loan. The Fund intends to pay
distributions to unitholders on a monthly basis.
Caution concerning forward-looking statements
Certain statements in this news release may constitute "forward-looking"
statements which involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other
factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the
Fund to be materially different from any future results, performance or
achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. When
used in this document, such statements are such words as "may", "will",
"expect", "believe", "plan", "anticipate", "intend", "estimate" and other
similar terminology. These statements reflect SIR Management's current
expectations regarding future events and operating performance and speak only
as of the date of this document. The Fund and SIR expressly disclaim any
obligation or undertaking to publicly release any updates or revisions to any
forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in
expectations with regard thereto or any changes in events, conditions or
circumstances on which any statement is based.
In formulating the forward-looking statements contained herein,
management has assumed that business and economic conditions affecting SIR's
restaurants and the Fund will continue substantially in the ordinary course,
including without limitation with respect to industry conditions, general
levels of economic activity (including in downtown Toronto), regulations
(including regarding employees, food safety, tobacco and alcohol), weather,
taxes, foreign exchange rates and interest rates, that there will be no
pandemics or other outbreaks of disease or safety issues affecting humans or
animals or food products, and that there will be no unplanned material changes
in its facilities, equipment, customer and employee relations, or credit
arrangements. For more information concerning the Fund's risks and
uncertainties, please refer to the Fund's periodic interim filings, and/or its
March 31, 2008 Annual Information Form.
For further information:
For further information: Corey Dalton President & COO, SIR Corp., Tel:
(905) 681-2997; Bruce Wigle, Investor Relations, Tel: (416) 815-0700 ext. 228,