""Hanoi, Vietnam, Dec 02, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Round Table Pizza, an American pizza restaurant icon known for gourmet quality and fresh innovation, announced the signing of an exclusive agreement with the Mesa Group to develop 20 restaurants in Vietnam. The leading west coast pizza brand has granted the Mesa Group exclusive rights to open Round Table Pizza restaurants throughout Vietnam. The first Round Table restaurant will open in Ho Chi Minh City in March 2012.

Mesa Group has operated a range of successful businesses in Vietnam, including distribution, food and beverage, media and real estate development. It also is the exclusive developer of Carl’s Jr. in Vietnam, another California icon.

The announcement brings the total number of international Round Table Pizza restaurants operating or slated for development to 37.

“International demand is growing as entrepreneurs recognize the value in the Round Table Pizza brand,” notes Round Table Pizza President Rob McCourt. “We are eager to work with partners, like Mesa Group, who can bring our core values of dedication to families and serving a superb pizza to a larger global audience.”

“We are excited to bring the great taste of Round Table Pizza to Vietnam,” said Ms. Luu Tuyet Mai, CEO of Mesa Group. “Round Table Pizza is known for its quality ingredients and superior tasting pizza, which make it a great match for Vietnamese consumers.”

Founded in California’s San Francisco Bay Area, Round Table Pizza has prospered as the market share leader in one of the most competitive markets in the United States. Round Table has more than 50 years of success in bringing families together to share a wonderful meal. Round Table is uniquely structured to provide its partners with the tools and flexibility necessary to launch successful, international restaurants.

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Round Table Pizza will be in Hong Kong and Indonesia in December 2011. For details, contact William Gabbard at +1 303-829-4227 or wgabbard@edwardsglobal.com. For additional international franchising information, visit www.roundtablepizzainternational.com .

About Round Table Pizza

Headquartered in California’s San Francisco Bay Area, Round Table Pizza was founded by Bill Larson in 1959 to create a place where families could relax and share a superb pizza. Fifty years later, Round Table Pizza remains true to its founder’s vision with 450 restaurants across the western United States. Round Table’s signature tagline, “The Last Honest Pizza”, describes its commitment to quality and authenticity.

About Mesa Group, Inc.

Mesa Group was founded in 1991 as a distribution company in Vietnam and has since expanded into food and beverage, media, and real estate development. MESA has over 1,500 employees with offices throughout Vietnam and is ranked in the top 100 private and public companies in Vietnam. For more information about MESA, please visit www.mesa.vn .

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