Shari’s Shines by Saving Water


Shari’s Restaurants Lauded for Top Spot in Water Conservation

Portland, OR  (  Shari’s restaurants, a beloved family restaurant serving the Pacific Northwest with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients in their generously-proportioned meals, is delighted to be recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy for its achievements in water conservation. Shari’s Restaurants achieved the top spot in water conservation with a 37% improvement throughout all of its locations. This impressive feat contributed to 6.3 billion gallons of cumulative water savings from market leaders in the DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge.

Sam Borgese, CEO and President of Shari’s Restaurants stated, “Jodenne Scott, who leads our energy and natural resource and conservation projects, has demonstrated an exceptional ability to manage our energy and natural resources to the benefit of our company and, more importantly, to the benefit of conserving these resources within numerous communities throughout the Northwest. We are very proud of Jodenne’s stewardship over this program and proud of our restaurant teams working together to deliver the results recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy.”

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the “Better Buildings Challenge is a DOE initiative designed to improve the lives of the American people by driving leadership in energy innovation. Through Better Buildings, DOE partners with leaders in the public and private sectors to make the nation’s homes, commercial buildings, and industrial plants more energy efficient by accelerating investment and the sharing of successful best practices.”

Shari’s would like to extend an invitation to other restaurants and local businesses to join them in this important effort. To learn more about the Better Buildings Challenge water initiative, please visit: And, for more information about Shari’s, please visit:

About Shari’s Restaurants

Shari’s began in Hermiston, Oregon in 1978 with Ron and Sharon Bergquist as proprietors. By 1999, Shari’s Restaurants had grown to be the ninth largest family restaurant chain in the United States in total sales and sixth in growth. Since that time, Shari’s has continued its growth under the recent reins of CapitalSpring which acquired the enterprise in 2016. Currently, Shari’s continues to enjoy a fine reputation in family dining in 93 locations throughout the Northwest U.S. Shari’s welcomes guests of all ages to enjoy locally-sourced ingredients served in deliciously-prepared meals specially created for those who crave comfort food and scrumptious pies. Visit Shari’s at to order online or to find a Shari’s location near you.

About CapitalSpring, Majority Owner of Shari’s Restaurants

Founded in 2005, CapitalSpring is a private investment firm focused exclusively on the restaurant industry.  The Firm currently manages assets of approximately $1.3 billion and has completed investments in over 50 different restaurant brands and more than 4,000 restaurant locations. CapitalSpring focuses on supporting proven restaurant operators with a range of structured credit and private equity solutions and has offices in Nashville, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and New York.  For more information about CapitalSpring, please visit

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Bridgette Hanning