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Carrabba’s Italian Grill Opens in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Date: 12/10/2012
Time: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Carrabba's Italian Grill
1430 S.E. 17th St
Ft. Lauderdale, Fl 33316

Contact: Joe Kettinger
Phone: 954-760-4281

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Carrabba’s Italian Grill Opens in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Opening Celebration to Benefit Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation


          Ft. Lauderdale, F.L., December 10, 2012 -- Carrabba’s Italian Grill will officially open its doors for business on December 10, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.  To show its support of the local communities, 50 percent of Carrabba’s opening night sales (up to five thousand dollars) will benefit Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation, an organization that provides philanthropic support to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, and ensures the ongoing availability of safe, quality, cost-effective, patient- and family-centered care, regardless of one’s ability to pay, with the goal of improving the health of the community it serves.

        “Carrabba’s Italian Grill has been an outstanding community partner” said Craig Cohen, Director of Sponsorship Development for Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation. “We appreciate their generosity and the opportunity to raise dollars to help fund healthcare programs and services that are so important to the children of our community. We are looking forward to the grand opening of the new Ft. Lauderdale location and anticipate an exciting event.”

          An award-winning restaurant inspired by the many tastes of Italy, Carrabba’s serves fresh, flavorful Italian dishes prepared with the finest ingredients from around the world.  Carrabba’s transports customers to a warm, authentic Italian experience every time they walk through the doors, featuring an open kitchen, and a relaxed and casual dining room.

         “We are excited to invite our neighbors in to enjoy hand-prepared dishes made from scratch using only the freshest ingredients.” said Joseph Kettinger, Managing Partner of Carrabba’s in Ft. Lauderdale.  “The Carrabba’s team strives to deliver passion, energy and excitement each and every day, and we look forward to providing the Ft. Lauderdale community a warm and welcoming atmosphere with an intimate dining experience.”

         Carrabba’s serves an array of classic Italian favorites, combining handmade recipes passed down for more than four generations with fresh ingredients.  Best known for its wood-burning grill, signature dishes like Chicken Bryan, Pollo Rosa Maria andMarsala are enhanced by the taste of the grill.  Traditional dishes such as Calamari, Margherita Pizza and Chicken Parmesan share the spotlight.   A Gluten Free menu is also available.

          Carrabba’s offers a full bar, a moderately-priced wine list featuring Italian and California vintages, a premium selection of domestic and imported beers, and seasonal cocktail specialties such as peach sangria.  From friendly bartenders and knowledgeable staff - known as “Micos” (short for Amico, which means friend in Italian) - Carrabba’s is a favorite neighborhood destination seven days a week.

         Located at 1430 SE 17th Street, Carrabba’s Italian Grill is open Mon. to Thurs. from 4 – 10:30 p.m.; Fri. from 4 – 11 p.m.; Sat. from 11:30am-11p.m.; and Sun. from 11:30am – 10 p.m.  Call ahead seating, and Carside Carry-Out is available by calling the restaurant at 954-760-4281.  Carside Carry-Out is also now available by Ordering Online.  For more information about Carrabba’s, please visit, or

About Carrabba’s Italian Grill

Johnny Carrabba and Damian Mandola founded the first Carrabba’s Italian Grill in 1986 in Houston, Texas. Today, there are 231 Carrabba’s Italian Grill locations around the country, run by passionate local proprietors focused on delighting guests with fresh, made-to-order Italian cuisine and the ultimate dining experience.  Carrabba’sserves dinner seven nights a week in a casual environment that pairs innovative dishes and a complementary wine list with abundant hospitality.  For on-the-go guests, Carrabba’s also offers convenient Carside Carry-Out.  To learn more about Carrabba’s, please visit

About Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation

 Established in 1994, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation provides philanthropic support to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, and ensures the ongoing availability of safe, quality, cost-effective, patient- and family-centered care, regardless of one’s ability to pay, with the goal of improving the health of the community it serves. Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital is the only children’s hospital that performs cardiac catheterization, open heart surgery, pediatric heart transplantation and pediatric dialysis inBroward County. Other world-class healthcare services include: Level II and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Units; one of only a few hospitals in the nation performing minimally invasive, endoscopic surgery for cranial abnormalities; and the Conine Clubhouse, a free-of-charge “home away from home” for families of hospitalized children. In 2010, our healthcare programs and services reached nearly 96,000 children.

 Dedicated to supporting healthcare for the children served by Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, the Foundation is the central agency through which charitable contributions are made. A volunteer Board of Directors, comprised of prominent business and community leaders and physicians, oversees all aspects of the Foundation's operations.

 Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Foundation accepts gifts of cash, checks, securities, real estate (limited), tangible personal property (limited), charitable gift annuities, life insurance (limited), charitable remainder trusts and charitable lead trusts.

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