Kyle Caminita

Ron Savell now sole owner of Mugshots brand

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The Mugshots Grill and Bar restaurant chain has been making a few changes behind the scenes.

The company, founded in 2004 by Ron Savell and Chris McDonald, has grown from the small burger bar that opened Jan. 10, 2004, on West Fourth Street in Hattiesburg to a chain of 18 restaurants in three states. And it's still growing.

Savell in December became the Hattiesburg-based brand's sole owner. The two partners had gone their separate ways in 2008, but each maintained half ownership in the brand, so inconsistencies began to develop between the restaurants run by each owner.

Mugshots Grill & Bar Announces Acquisition

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Today Ron Savell acquired operations of all Mugshots Grill & Bar franchised locations under his company, Chers Restaurant Group, LLC, based in Hattiesburg, MS.

With this acquisition, Savell explains franchise owners will benefit from streamlined resources, such as training and marketing materials, company branding, vendor availability, and menu/recipe guidelines, therefore tightening their daily operations and strengthening their long-term success as restaurant owners.