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Red Robin Reports Preliminary Revenue Results for the Fiscal Second Quarter of 2018

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Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc., (NASDAQ:RRGB), a casual dining
restaurant chain focused on serving an innovative selection of
high-quality gourmet burgers in a family-friendly atmosphere, today
announced preliminary, unaudited results for its fiscal second quarter
ended July 15, 2018.

The Company expects to report the following financial results for the
fiscal second quarter 2018:

  • Total revenues of approximately $315.4 million
  • Comparable restaurant revenue decrease of 2.6%
  • Comparable guest count decrease of 0.7%, which represents a 160 basis
    point outperformance on guest traffic vs. the casual dining sector
    according to Black Box Intelligence
  • GAAP loss per diluted share of $0.14, driven by $0.54 in asset
    impairment charges, $0.06 in reorganization and other charges, as well
    as higher food costs and other operating expenses, offset by continued
    favorability in labor productivity and income tax expense
  • Adjusted earnings per diluted share of $0.46, excluding the asset
    impairment, reorganization and other charges outlined above.

The above results are preliminary and subject to quarter-end closing
adjustments. The Company plans to report fiscal second quarter 2018
results on August 21, 2018.

"We are disappointed with our performance in the second quarter.
Consistent with our commitment to providing timely disclosure and
transparency, we are announcing preliminary results for our second
quarter today because they are significantly lower than expected. While
we remain confident in the strategy that we have in place to address the
shifts going on within casual dining, we simply didn't execute as well
as we should have," said Denny Marie Post, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers,
Inc., chief executive officer. "We continue to make progress on driving
off-premise traffic growth and differentiation
through everyday affordability. However, we have yet to see the needed
lift in dine-in traffic to offset the lower check average associated
with the higher mix of our Tavern Double Menu."

"We have opportunities to improve our service execution, which has been
impacted by the growing complexity of the multiple revenue streams
within our four walls. We must also refresh our marketing message and
move quickly on the digital guest experience. We will share more
insights about these shortfalls, and our plans to address them, on
our upcoming earnings call," said Ms. Post.

For the full year 2018, the Company expects total revenues to range from
$1.350 billion to $1.365 billion, including a comparable restaurant
revenue decrease of 1.0% to 2.0% and earnings per diluted share to range
from $1.80 to $2.20.

Second Quarter 2018 Release and Conference Call

Final results for the fiscal second quarter of 2018 will be released
shortly after 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, August 21, 2018. The Company will
also host an investor conference call to discuss its second quarter 2018
results at 5:00 p.m. ET that same day. The conference call can be
accessed live over the phone by dialing (888) 254-3590, or for
international callers (323) 994-2093. A replay will be available from
two hours after the end of the call and can be accessed by dialing (844)
512-2921 or (412) 317-6671 for international callers; the conference ID
is 2893335. The replay will be available through Tuesday, August 28,
2018.

The call will be webcast live from the Company's website at www.redrobin.com
under the investor relations section.

Forward-Looking Statements

Forward-looking statements in this press release regarding the Company's
financial results, including anticipated revenues, comparable restaurant
revenues, comparable guest count, earnings per share, and all other
statements that are not historical facts, are made under the safe harbor
provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
These statements are based on assumptions believed by the Company to be
reasonable and speak only as of the date on which such statements are
made. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, words such as
"expect," "believe," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "project," "will"
or "estimate," or the negative or other variations thereof or comparable
terminology are intended to identify forward-looking statements. The
Company undertakes no obligation to update such statements to reflect
events or circumstances arising after such date, and cautions investors
not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements.
Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could
cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the
statements based on a number of factors, including but not limited to
the following: the effectiveness of the Company's affordability
initiatives to drive traffic and sales; the effectiveness of our
marketing strategies and promotions to achieve restaurant sales growth;
the cost and availability of key food products, labor, and energy; the
ability to achieve anticipated revenue and cost savings from anticipated
new technology systems and tools in the restaurants, service
improvements, and other initiatives; the ability to increase to-go and
other off-premise offerings; availability of capital or credit facility
borrowings; the adequacy of cash flows or available debt resources to
fund operations and growth opportunities; federal, state, and local
regulation of the Company's business; and other risk factors described
from time to time in the Company's Form 10-K, Form 10-Q, and Form 8-K
reports (including all amendments to those reports) filed with the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission.

About Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (NASDAQ:RRGB)

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (www.redrobin.com),
a casual dining restaurant chain founded in 1969 that operates through
its wholly-owned subsidiary, Red Robin International, Inc., and under
the trade name, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews, is the Gourmet
Burger Authority™, famous for serving more than two dozen craveable,
high-quality burgers with Bottomless Steak Fries® in a fun environment
welcoming to guests of all ages. At Red Robin, burgers are more than
just something guests eat; they're a bonding experience that brings
together friends and families, kids and adults. In addition to its many
burger offerings, Red Robin serves a wide variety of salads, soups,
appetizers, entrees, desserts and signature beverages. Red Robin offers
a variety of options behind the bar, including its extensive selection
of local and regional beers, and innovative adult beer shakes and
cocktails, earning the restaurant a VIBE Vista Award for Best Beer
Program in a Multi-Unit Chain Restaurant. It's now easy to take Red
Robin anywhere with online ordering for to-go and Gourmet Burger Bar
catering pickups through Yummm2Go. There are more than 570 Red Robin
restaurants across the United States and Canada, including locations
operating under franchise agreements. Red Robin… YUMMM®!
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