Kona Grill Announces Departure of Chief Operating Officer

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SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwire -02/17/12)- Kona Grill, Inc. (NASDAQ: KONA - News), an American grill and sushi bar, announced that Larry Ryback notified Kona Grill that he is resigning his position as chief operating officer effective March 2012 to become chief operating officer of P.F. Chang's China Bistro division.

"We want to thank Larry for his service to Kona Grill and we wish him the best in his new endeavor," said Berke Bakay, president and CEO of Kona Grill. "We have a very deep pool of operational talent that have been instrumental in driving some of the best restaurant level operating margins in the casual dining space. We expect to draw upon these internal candidates to fill the position and I remain confident in the opportunities we have to build upon our recent financial successes."

About Kona Grill
Kona Grill (NASDAQ: KONA - News) features American favorites with an international influence and award-winning sushi in a casually elegant atmosphere. Kona Grill owns and operates 23 restaurants, guided by a passion for quality food and personal service. Restaurants are currently located in 16 states: Arizona (Chandler, Gilbert, Phoenix, Scottsdale); Colorado (Denver); Connecticut (Stamford); Florida (Tampa); Illinois (Lincolnshire, Oak Brook); Indiana (Carmel); Louisiana (Baton Rouge); Maryland (Baltimore); Michigan (Troy); Minnesota (Eden Prairie); Missouri (Kansas City); Nebraska (Omaha); Nevada (Las Vegas); New Jersey (Woodbridge); Texas (Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio); Virginia (Richmond). For more information, visit www.konagrill.com.

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Contact:
Kona Grill Investor Relations
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Cody Slach
Tel (949) 574-3860
KONA@liolios.com

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