HOUSTON, TEXAS, June 24, 2014 – James Coney Island Corp. was recognized by the Near Northwest Management District as a "Change Champion" for the rebranding and renovation of JCI Grill at 5730 Hollister, the first location for the new branding concept.

"The new JCI Grill is such a beautiful and inviting destination," declared District President Wayne Norden. "Besides the new menu items, the covered outside seating is perfect."

"The Hollister location has been a very strong store for us," said James Coney Island President Darrin Straughan. "We chose this location to test our new logo and menu because the area is very diverse and has a good demographic mix. That made this the right place to roll out the new JCI Grill concept – and it's going great!"

Wayne Norden, President of the Near Northwest Management District met with Alfonso Hernandez, Director of Operations for James Coney Island, and David Brandt, JCI Grill Store Manager, to place the "Change Champion" pennant at JCI Grill.

"Change Champions" are commercial property owners or businesses that are fueling the transformation of the Near Northwest Area through improvement to their property. The award is given quarterly, and was announced at the District's Business Network Breakfast on June 5, 2014.

The Near Northwest Management District's recent Livable Centers Study made a number of recommendations for improving the livability and values of the area. The District has seen a growth in commercial and residential values, and has attracted $100M in new developments and redevelopments in the District.

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Left to right: James Kilpatrick, NNMD Chair, Wayne Norden, NNMD President, Alfonso Hernandez, James Coney Island Director of Operations, David Brandt, JCI Grill Manager

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Left to right: Wayne Norden, Alfonso Hernandez, David Brandt

About the Change Champion Award
The award is made each quarter by the NNMD. Award winners are recognized at the District's Business Network Breakfast, and are presented a commemorative plaque. The "Change Champion" pennant is displayed on the property throughout that quarter.

About Near Northwest Management District
The State of Texas created the Near Northwest Management District in 2001 to address concerns about public safety and economic development in our area. The District's mission is to promote and coordinate economic growth, creation and beautification of area green spaces and promote and supplement public security within our boundaries. The District is managed by a ten-member Board of Directors, comprised of commercial property owners, tenants and residents within our boundaries.

About James Coney Island Corp.
The year was 1923, and in downtown Houston, Texas, two Greek immigrant brothers opened a hot dog stand that would make its own claim to history and stand the test of time. That hot dog stand has become a Houston tradition. Under the direction of President Darrin Straughan since 1994, the company has experienced new financial success. James Coney Island stands strong with 21 successful locations and plans to build several more in the Houston market and to expand to other major Texas cities including Dallas, Austin and San Antonio. What's changed at James Coney Island over the years? The chili recipe remains the 1923 original secret family receipt and so do the ingredients in the custom-made wiener of the "original" coney. The original coney dog has been joined by gourmet dogs, sandwiches, salads and burgers. Service is "above and beyond" the average "quick-service" dining establishments and prices are reasonable without compromising the standards of the company itself.

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