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FIRST SPAGHETTI WAREHOUSE FRANCHISE OPENS IN KNOXVILLE

 GARLAND, Texas, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Spaghetti Warehouse, Inc. (NYSE: SWH), which is traded on the New York Stock Exchange, opened its first franchise restaurant in Knoxville, Tenn. on Sunday, Dec. 6 with a traditional all-day fund raiser, donating the first day's sales of over $11,000 to the Discovery Center, a non-profit organization which focuses on hands-on science education for children. First week sales topped $60,000.
 Bright-Kaplan International, the franchisee, opened the 325-seat restaurant in the Old City area of downtown Knoxville after a four month restoration program on the historic two-story structure. Beth Bright is chairman and Art Kaplan is president of the Chattanooga-based company.
 For Spaghetti Warehouse, Inc., the Garland, Texas based chain, Bright-Kaplan is one of four franchisees interested in developing multiple markets. The company anticipates one additional franchise opening during the current fiscal year which ends July 4, 1993.
 Franchising is one of the four areas which comprise the company's growth strategy for the future. The other growth vehicles are: international development over the next five years with TGI Friday's, Inc., its international Master Franchisee/Sub Franchisor; expansion of company-owned stores into large and small metro areas; and expansion into suburban markets with the company's prototype restaurant beginning late January, 1993 in the Dallas suburb of Addison, and late March in the Chicago suburb of Elk Grove Village.
 In addition to the Knoxville franchise, Spaghetti Warehouse, Inc. presently operates 26 company-owned restaurants in 14 states, five franchised restaurants in Canada under the name "The Old Spaghetti Factory." Its fiscal 1992 sales (ended July 4, 1992) were $56.1 million.
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 /CONTACT: Ken Vaughn of Spaghetti Warehouse, Inc., 214-226-6000; or Beth Bright & Art Kaplan, both of Bright-Kaplan International, 615-637-9706/
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