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December 19, 2013 09:00 ET

Chanticleer Holdings Files Joint Status Report Regarding Mediation

CHARLOTTE, NC--(Marketwired - December 19, 2013) - Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HOTR) (Chanticleer Holdings, or the "Company"), headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, today announced that the Company through its counsel, Stanley Wakshlag of Kenny Nachwalter, P.A., has filed on behalf of all parties a Joint Status Report in relation to a court ordered mediation that took place on December 10, 2013 regarding the class action suit (Case No.: 12-CV-81123-JIC) of Francis Howard v. Chanticleer Holdings, Inc., Michael D. Pruitt, Eric S. Lederer, Paul I Moskowitz, Keith Johnson, Mark Hezlett, and Creason & Associates, P.L.L.C. 

On December 18, 2013, the parties came to an agreement in principal to a class-wide settlement, subject to negotiation and execution of definitive documentation and Court approval. Although other material provisions remain to be negotiated, the parties have agreed to a cash settlement of $850,000 of which $837,500 will be paid by the Company's insurance carrier, XL Specialty Insurance Company, and $12,500 to be contributed by Creason & Associates, PLLC.

"We are pleased to have reached this agreement in principal and hope to negotiate and finalize documents within the next sixty days," commented Mike Pruitt, CEO and President of Chanticleer Holdings.

About Chanticleer Holdings, Inc
Chanticleer Holdings (NASDAQ: HOTR) is focused on expanding the Hooters® casual dining restaurant brand in international emerging markets and American Roadside Burgers Inc ("ARB"), a Charlotte, N.C. based chain. Chanticleer currently owns in whole or part of the exclusive franchise rights to develop and operate Hooters restaurants in South Africa, Hungary and parts of Brazil, and has joint ventured with the current Hooters franchisee in Australia, while evaluating several additional international opportunities. The Company currently owns and operates in whole or part of eight Hooters restaurants in its international franchise territories: Pretoria, Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Emperor's Palace in South Africa; Campbelltown in Australia; Budapest in Hungary; and Nottingham in the United Kingdom. ARB, purchased by Chanticleer Holdings on October 1, 2013, has a total of 5 casual restaurants -- 1 location in Smithtown, N.Y., 2 locations in Charlotte, N.C., 1 location in Columbia, S.C., and the newest location is in Greenville, S.C. The Company also owns a majority interest in JF Restaurants, LLC and JF Franchising Systems, LLC, a fresh food-focused casual dining establishment with 5 restaurant locations.

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