4 Rivers Smokehouse and The COOP Donate $75K to
World Central Kitchen’s Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts

4 Rivers announces new “Shine A Light” fund debuting on December 2 at all Smokehouses

Winter Park, FL. – Oct. 30, 2019 – 4R Restaurant Group continued its mission of supporting and serving those in need with a $75,000 donation of relief funds for the Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. The funds were donated to World Central Kitchen, a not-for-profit organization devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters, during a check presentation ceremony this afternoon at the 4 Rivers Smokehouse in Winter Park.

“The entire 4R family is honored to align with World Central Kitchen to aid in their tireless efforts to help the people of the Bahamas recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian,” said John Rivers, Founder/CEO of 4R Restaurant Group. “None of this would have been possible without the support of our amazing guests, who share our commitment to community and helping those in need.”

The funds stem from a Sept. 8 charity drive that included all 4 Rivers Smokehouses in Florida and Winter Park’s The COOP, breaking from its “closed on Sunday” policy to raise contributions for the ravaged island nation. The outpouring of support from guests was so impactful, the Smokehouses continued to raise funds throughout the month by giving guests the option to round up their check totals.

“Support from donors is what allows us to feed those in need right away,” added Nate Mook, World Central Kitchen Executive Director. “Thanks to 4R Restaurant Group and others, we have been able to cook and deliver over 1.5 million meals in the Bahamas.”

Today’s ceremony also included the announcement of a new 4 Rivers ongoing philanthropic initiative. The 4 Rivers “Shine A Light” fund will add a 1 percent donation to checks at 4 Rivers Smokehouses and The COOP starting on Monday, December 2 that will be directed at helping feed people in need due to economic hardship or natural disasters. 4 Rivers and The COOP will match 100 percent of all contributions, and donate money collected to organizations such as World Central Kitchen, Second Harvest Food Bank, and 4Roots Farm Campus, whose mission is to build a healthier and more sustainable food system in Central Florida. Guests will have the opportunity to opt out of participation if they so desire.

“As we approach Thanksgiving and Christmas, we cannot think of a better time to launch the 4 Rivers “Shine A Light” fund,” added Rivers. “The name was inspired by the scripture Matthew 5:16, in which Jesus challenged believers to shine their light by helping others, an ethos that is also at the core of the 4 Rivers organization.”

ABOUT 4R RESTAURANT GROUP
Established in Winter Park, Fla. in 2009, 4 Rivers Smokehouse is a family-owned “Barbecue Ministry” specializing in 30-day aged Smoked Angus Brisket and “Homestyle Sides,” as well as bold twists of flavor and ingredient combinations with “John Rivers Originals” and “Fresh Eats” offerings. At the helm is Founder/CEO John Rivers, who strives to support the local community through exceptional products, steadfast customer service and uncompromised integrity.

4 Rivers Smokehouse currently has 14 operating locations spanning Florida and Georgia. In addition to online ordering, 4 Rivers also offers a variety of catering options for larger parties and special event occasions. Also part of the 4R family is The COOP, a neighborhood restaurant in Winter Park celebrating the homestyle fare of the South; 4R Cantina Barbacoa at Disney Springs; two 4 Rivers walkup venues at ESPN Wide World of Sports; as well as eateries at Camping World Stadium, Spectrum Stadium and Doak Campbell Stadium.

4 Rivers Smokehouse sauces and signature rubs are also available for purchase in Publix stores throughout the Southeast and online via Amazon.

In 2018, The 4R Foundation donated valuable funds to 650 local organizations, non-profits and churches. For additional information about 4 Rivers Smokehouse or to inquire about catering opportunities, please call 844.4RIVERS or visit www.4rsmokehouse.com.

 

4 Rivers Smokehouse Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Debut of
Beyond Burnt Ends

First-of-its-kind, plant-based bbq will launch at Central Florida 4 Rivers Smokehouses on Nov. 4

Winter Park, FL. – To the delight and surprise of hundreds of friends, family and bbq lovers gathered at the 4 Rivers Smokehouse in Winter Park to celebrate its 10th anniversary, the award-winning restaurant group debuted its all-new Beyond Burnt Ends on Oct. 26. The dish will be the first product released from the brand’s forthcoming “Beyond BBQ” vegan line.

John Rivers, 4R Restaurant Group Founder/CEO, introduced the 100 percent plant-based dish that he and his culinary team spent months collaborating on, following a ceremony with Winter Park Mayor Steve Leary proclaiming Oct. 26 “4 Rivers Day” in honor of it being a decade to the day since the original 4 Rivers Smokehouse opened on Fairbanks Avenue.

“I don’t think many people were expecting to sample vegan burnt ends tonight when they came to celebrate 4 Rivers 10th anniversary,” said Rivers. “But as a brand, we’re constantly evolving and listening to consumers and right now there is definitely a demand for plant-based bbq. We received some great feedback from our fans and think the Beyond Burnt Ends will be a welcome addition to the menu.”

Similar to its carnivorous cousin, Beyond Burnt Ends are double hickory-smoked then slow-roasted allowing the sauce to caramelize. The plant-based version also features a vegan signature 4R sauce and vegan brioche bun.

Beyond Burnt Ends will be available in limited quantities at all Central Florida 4 Rivers Smokehouse locations beginning Monday, Nov. 4. Pricing for the Beyond Burnt Ends is $8.79 per sandwich, $9.29 per half pound and $18.59 per pound. A dinner option with three sides is also available for $16.39.

4 Rivers Beyond Burnt Ends

 

ABOUT 4 RIVERS RESTAURANT GROUP
Established in Winter Park, Fla. in 2009, 4 Rivers Smokehouse is a family-owned “Barbecue Ministry” specializing in 30-day aged Smoked Angus Brisket and “Homestyle Sides,” as well as bold twists of flavor and ingredient combinations with “Signature Stackers” and “From the Farm” offerings. At the helm is Founder/CEO John Rivers, who strives to support the local community through exceptional products, steadfast customer service and uncompromised integrity.

4 Rivers Smokehouse currently has 14 operating locations spanning Florida and Georgia. In addition to online ordering, the Smokehouse also has a catering food truck that can be spotted around Central Florida with locations listed on @4RiversCatering Instagram handle. Also part of the 4R family is The COOP, a neighborhood restaurant in Winter Park celebrating the homestyle fare of the South; 4R Cantina Barbacoa at Disney Springs; two 4 Rivers walkup venues at ESPN Wide World of Sports; as well as eateries at Camping World Stadium, Spectrum Stadium and Doak Campbell Stadium.

4 Rivers Smokehouse sauces and signature rubs are also available for purchase in Publix stores throughout the Southeast and online via Amazon.

4 Rivers Smokehouses Across Florida to Open on Sunday, Sept. 8, to Benefit Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts in the Bahamas

The COOP will also open on Sunday to contribute the relief efforts 

Winter Park, Fla.—Sept. 5, 2019 – Breaking from its “closed on Sunday” policy, all 4 Rivers Smokehouses in Florida (except downtown Orlando) and The COOP will open on Sunday, Sept. 8, to benefit relief efforts in the Bahamas, after Hurricane Dorian ravaged the island nation. Contributions from Sunday will be donated to World Central Kitchen, a not-for-profit organization devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters.

Each 4 Rivers Smokehouse will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will offer its regular dine-in, to-go and online menus. The COOP will serve its award-winning Southern cuisine from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will offer breakfast all day this Sunday. “As Floridians, we know all too well the destruction hurricanes can cause and it saddens us to see the devastation caused in the Bahamas by Dorian,” said John Rivers, 4 Rivers Founder/CEO. “Community is the core of our brand, so the entire 4R family is proud to contribute to relief efforts in the Bahamas by raising funds on Sept. 8 at our 4 Rivers Smokehouses and The COOP.”

The 4 Rivers Smokehouse and The COOP openings on Sept. 8 mark the first time 4R Restaurant Group venues will open statewide on a Sunday in the name of charity. On several previous occasions individual Smokehouses have opened on a Sunday to raise charitable funds, including after the Pulse Nightclub massacre in 2016; to support the families of slain Kissimmee Police Department Officer Matthew Baxter and Sgt. Richard “Sam” Howard in 2017; and following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fl. In 2018.

For the first time ever on Sept. 8, 4 Rivers Smokehouses across Florida will open on a Sunday to help hurricane relief efforts in the Bahamas.

4R Restaurant Group venues participating in the Sept. 8 Hurricane Dorian relief efforts to benefit the Bahamas, include:

4 Rivers Smokehouse Carrollwood located at 14330 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa,
FL 33618

4 Rivers Smokehouse Coral Springs located at 2660 N University Dr, Coral
Springs, FL 33065

4 Rivers Smokehouse Gainesville located at 3262 SW 35th Blvd, Gainesville, FL
32608

4 Rivers Smokehouse Jacksonville located at 9220 Baymeadows Rd, Jacksonville,
FL 32256

4 Rivers Smokehouse Kissimmee located at 874 W Osceola Pkwy, Kissimmee, FL
34741

4 Rivers Smokehouse Longwood located at 1869 W State Rd 434, Longwood, FL
32750

4 Rivers Smokehouse Orange Park located at 220 Park Ave, Orange Park, FL
32073

4 Rivers Smokehouse South Tampa located at 623 S MacDill Ave, Tampa, FL
33609

4 Rivers Smokehouse Tallahassee located at 1817 Thomasville Rd #100,
Tallahassee, FL 32303

4 Rivers Smokehouse UCF/East Orlando located at 11764 University Blvd,
Orlando, FL 32817

4 Rivers Smokehouse Winter Garden located at 1047 S Dillard St, Winter Garden,
FL 34787

4 Rivers Smokehouse Winter Park located at 1600 W Fairbanks Ave, Winter
Park, FL 32789

The COOP located at 610 W Morse Blvd, Winter Park, FL 32789

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ABOUT 4 RIVERS RESTAURANT GROUP
Established in Winter Park, Fla. in 2009, 4 Rivers Smokehouse is a family-owned “Barbecue Ministry” specializing in 30-day aged Smoked Angus Brisket and “Homestyle Sides,” as well as bold twists of flavor and ingredient combinations with “Signature Stackers” and “From the Farm” offerings. At the helm is Founder/CEO John Rivers, who strives to support the local community through exceptional products, steadfast customer service and uncompromised integrity.

4 Rivers Smokehouse currently has 14 operating locations spanning Florida and Georgia. In addition to online ordering, the Smokehouse also has a catering food truck that can be spotted around Central Florida with locations listed on @4RiversCatering Instagram handle. Also part of the 4R family is The COOP, a neighborhood restaurant in Winter Park celebrating the homestyle fare of the South; 4R Cantina Barbacoa at Disney Springs; two 4 Rivers walkup venues at ESPN Wide World of Sports; as well as eateries at Camping World Stadium, Spectrum Stadium and Doak Campbell Stadium.

4 Rivers Smokehouse sauces and signature rubs are also available for purchase in Publix stores throughout the Southeast and online via Amazon.

In 2018, The 4R Foundation donated valuable funds to 650 local organizations, non-profits and churches. For additional information about 4 Rivers Smokehouse or to inquire about catering opportunities, please call 407.4RIVERS or visit www.4rsmokehouse.com.

4 Rivers Announces Newest Smokehouse Opening at ONE DAYTONA

4R Restaurant Group’s 15th Smokehouse will open this winter in Daytona Beach

Winter Park, Fl., Aug. 26, 2019 – Start your engines (and smokers)! Award-winning 4 Rivers Smokehouse will open its newest location this winter at ONE DAYTONA, a 300,000 square-foot retail, dining and entertainment destination located directly across from Daytona International Speedway.

Recently named one of the “South’s Best BBQ Joints” by Southern Living, 4 Rivers Smokehouse will bring some of Florida’s favorite food to the “World’s Most Famous Beach” serving its signature classics like 18-hour smoked Signature Angus Brisket, Pulled Pork and Burnt Ends. Guests will also enjoy popular Homestyle Sides such as Baked Cheese Grits, Smokehouse Corn and Smoked Jalapeños as well as a rotating selection of monthly specials. Additionally, the Smokehouse will offer a variety of decadent desserts, including Bananas Foster Bread Pudding, Bayou Bar, Quintessential Chocolate Cake and more.

“As we approach the 10th anniversary of opening the very first 4 Rivers Smokehouse in Winter Park,
the entire 4R family is excited to expand our
Barbecue Ministry to the world class entertainment complex at ONE DAYTONA,” said John Rivers, 4R Restaurant Group Founder/CEO. “Never have there been more 4 Rivers fans rallying for their own Smokehouse than in the greater Daytona Beach area. The new location will provide a great opportunity to not only serve them, but also partner with International Speedway Corporation, a company that shares our passion for giving back to the community.”

The 4 Rivers Smokehouse at ONE DAYTONA will create approximately 50 new local jobs. The 6,500 square-foot restaurant will offer seating for 280 guests, full-service catering/delivery and a bar that serves beer and wine upon completion.

“4 Rivers certainly has an incredible fan base here in Central Florida,” stated Lesa Kennedy, ISC CEO. “Local support for the 4 Rivers brand has been phenomenal and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome them to ONE DAYTONA and to the Daytona Beach area.”

ONE DAYTONA visitors will have the opportunity to experience a limited selection of signature 4 Rivers dishes prior to the Smokehouse opening, at the 4R Food Truck that will be serving food at the following events:

Funtoberfest on Oct. 12
Biketoberfest on Oct. 17-20
Cruisin’ ONE DAYTONA Monthly Car Show on November 2

For more information visit www.4RSmokehouse.com.

ABOUT 4 RIVERS RESTAURANT GROUP
Established in Winter Park, Fla. in 2009, 4 Rivers Smokehouse is a family-owned “Barbecue Ministry” specializing in 30-day aged Smoked Angus Brisket and “Homestyle Sides,” as well as bold twists of flavor and ingredient combinations with “Signature Stackers” and “From the Farm” offerings. At the helm is Founder/CEO John Rivers, who strives to support the local community through exceptional products, steadfast customer service and uncompromised integrity.

4 Rivers Smokehouse currently has 14 operating locations spanning Florida and Georgia. In addition to online ordering, the Smokehouse also has a catering food truck that can be spotted around Central Florida with locations listed on @4RiversCatering Instagram handle. Also part of the 4R family is The COOP, a neighborhood restaurant in Winter Park celebrating the homestyle fare of the South; 4R Cantina Barbacoa at Disney Springs; two 4 Rivers walkup venues at ESPN Wide World of Sports; as well as eateries at Camping World Stadium, Spectrum Stadium and Doak Campbell Stadium.

4 Rivers Smokehouse sauces and signature rubs are also available for purchase in Publix stores throughout the Southeast and online via Amazon.

In 2018, The 4R Foundation donated valuable funds to 650 local organizations, non-profits and churches. For additional information about 4 Rivers Smokehouse or to inquire about catering opportunities, please call 407.4RIVERS or visit www.4rsmokehouse.com.

About ONE DAYTONA
ONE DAYTONA features a 300,000 square-foot retail, dining and entertainment district, along with two Marriott hotels and luxury apartments opening soon. Visitors, race fans, and residents recognize ONE DAYTONA as the place to live, work, stay and play in the Daytona Beach area. The destination features a comprehensive Public Art program with installations throughout the development including the Jantzen Diving Girl in Victory Circle. For a complete list of tenants, please visit Onedaytona.com/Directory. For more information and the latest updates, visit OneDaytona.com, follow us on Facebook (OneDaytona), Instagram (@onedaytona) or Twitter (@ONEDAYTONA).

 

4 Rivers Expands Product Offerings With Debut of New Jerky Line

4 Rivers Smokehouse Jerky is available in five delicious flavors

Winter Park, Fla. – Mar. 5, 2019 – Award-winning barbecue brand 4 Rivers Smokehouse, which operates 14 restaurants in Florida and Georgia, has expanded its offerings with the debut of an all-new line of jerky products. Now available at each of its Smokehouse locations as well as at THE COOP and 4R Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck, the 4 Rivers Smokehouse Jerky comes in five delicious flavors – Original Beef, Red Pepper Beef, Pork & Beef, Venison & Pork and Turkey.

Crafted with the same pride and passion that has earned the acclaimed barbecue brand some of the culinary world’s highest accolades, 4 Rivers Smokehouse Jerky is 100 percent hardwood-smoked, high in protein and has no added nitrates. 

“The launch of our new jerky line is an excellent opportunity to have more people than ever experience the 4 Rivers brand, with some great on-the-go options,” said John Rivers, 4R Restaurant Group Founder and CEO. “Each variety of the jerky is handcrafted using the highest quality ingredients and we anticipate them becoming a best-of-category product.”

The brand’s line of signature 4R products has also recently expanded with national delivery now available through Amazon, which lets barbecue lovers from across the country have Smoked Brisket, Sauces, Rubs and more shipped directly to their homes. Multipacks of the new 4 Rivers Smokehouse Jerky will also be available for purchase on Amazon later this month. Throughout 2019 the jerky product line will also become available at select retailers throughout the southeast.

ABOUT 4 RIVERS RESTAURANT GROUP

Established in Winter Park, Fla. in 2009, 4 Rivers Smokehouse is a family-owned “Barbecue Ministry” specializing in 30-day aged Smoked Angus Brisket and “Homestyle Sides,” as well as bold twists of flavor and ingredient combinations with “Signature Stackers” and “From the Farm” offerings. At the helm is Founder/CEO John Rivers, who strives to support the local community through exceptional products, steadfast customer service, and uncompromised integrity.

4 Rivers Smokehouse currently has 14 operating locations spanning the state of Florida and recently opened their first location in Atlanta, Georgia.  In addition to online ordering, the Smokehouse also has a catering food truck that can be spotted in and around the Central Florida area with locations listed on @4RiversCatering Instagram handle. Also part of the 4R family is The Coop, a neighborhood restaurant celebrating the home-style fare of the South serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in Winter Park.

All Smokehouse locations are open Monday through Saturday and closed every Sunday to give team members a day for family and worship. 4 Rivers Smokehouse sauces and signature rubs are available for purchase in Publix stores throughout the Southeast, and its award-winning brisket and signature products are also available in-store and online via Amazon.  

For additional information about 4 Rivers Smokehouse or to inquire about catering opportunities, please call 407.4RIVERS or visit www.4rsmokehouse.com.

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4 Rivers Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary with
Smokehouse Specials, Expands Offerings at Walt Disney World Resort

Two new 4 Rivers outposts now open at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

Winter Park, Fla. – Jan. 22, 2019 – In celebration of its 10-year anniversary, 4R Restaurant Group has announced a variety of monthly specials at each of its 4 Rivers Smokehouses. The award-winning barbecue brand has also expanded its Walt Disney World Resort culinary offerings with the opening of two new eateries at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

John Rivers, 4R Restaurant Group Founder and CEO, began smoking meats in his garage as a labor of love to support local philanthropic causes. He eventually parlayed his passion into his profession with the opening of the original 4 Rivers Smokehouse in Winter Park in 2009, followed by 13 additional Smokehouses in Florida and Georgia as well as The Coop, also located in Winter Park. To celebrate such a delicious decade, each 4 Rivers Smokehouse will offer a variety of limited-time-only specials throughout the year, including:

January: John’s Brisket Chili
February: Spud Love (baked potato served with your choice of meat and topped with cheddar cheese, jalapeños, green onions, sour cream and 4R Signature Sauce)
March: Destroyer Madness (expanded variety of the classic Texas Destroyer)
April: Backyard Chicken Sandwich (flame-grilled chicken breast, Alabama White Sauce, melted provolone, bacon, lettuce and tomato)
May: Brisket Sliders with new signature sauces
Summer Specials: Freedom Dog, Baby Back Ribs, New Summer Salads, 10-Year Anniversary Sauce
September: Brisket Burger
October: Special pricing on All-Time Favorites Menu, anniversary celebration event at Winter Park 4 Rivers Smokehouse
November: The Pilgrim (smoked turkey sandwich sacked with savory stuffing, warm gravy and tart cranberry chutney)
December: Porklet (crispy-fried pork tenderloin loaded with chipotle aioli, pickles, and fresh arugula)

To commemorate its 10-year anniversary, 4 Rivers will also collaborate with local artists in each market on original creations at select Smokehouses that personify the company culture, local community and various milestones over the past decade. A complete list of participating artists and Smokehouses will be released when all project details have been finalized.

“First and foremost, the entire 4 Rivers family sincerely thanks everyone for the continued support over the past decade. It’s been an honor to break bread, or better yet, brisket, with so many friends since opening the original Smokehouse in 2009,” said Rivers. “We look forward to growing our barbecue ministry for many years to come while staying true to our core values of serving the highest quality food and supporting causes that build better communities.”

Among 4R Restaurant Group’s immediate growth plans are the opening of two new concessions venues at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex located in Walt Disney World Resort, which attracts nearly two million athletes, coaches and fans annually for world-class competitions.

Both eateries – a walk-up version of 4 Rivers Smokehouse and a walk-up version of 4 Rivers Cantina Barbacoa, the popular Mexican-inspired concept that debuted at Disney Springs last year – are now open in The Arena, a 300,000-square-foot facility. Each 4 Rivers outpost serves a variety of signature dishes, including Smoked Brisket and Feisty Chicken Sandwich (a favorite from The Coop available for the first time at 4 Rivers) at the Smokehouse concession, and the beloved Taco Cone filled with choice of meats at the 4 Rivers Cantina Barbacoa concession. Both locations will operate only during events being held in The Arena.

“We’re very excited to have the opportunity to make our culinary offerings more widely available at Walt Disney World Resort with the addition of two new 4 Rivers eateries in The Arena at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex,” added Rivers. “As a sports destination, athletes from more than 60 countries visit the Complex annually and we’re proud to offer them authentic local cuisine from 4 Rivers Smokehouse and 4 Rivers Cantina Barbacoa.”

The new ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex concessions follow in the footsteps of the brand’s recent debut at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, which now offers signature 4 Rivers dishes during all events at the venue.

The brand’s line of signature 4R products has also recently expanded with national delivery now available through Amazon, which lets barbecue lovers from across the country have Smoked Brisket, Sauces, Rubs and more shipped directly to their homes.

A variety of philanthropic endeavors will also be established by The 4R Foundation in conjunction with the 10-year anniversary, including a special edition of the brand’s signature charity event, Cows ‘n Cabs, which takes place in Winter Park each Fall. In 2018, The 4R Foundation helped more than 950 local schools, churches and charitable organizations.

ABOUT ESPN WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS

ESPN Wide World of Sports, located at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, is the premier site for amateur sports in the nation.  The complex hosts more than 100 entertainment and sporting events each year and has accommodated 70 different sports featuring athletes from 70 different countries.  Designed to provide professional, amateur and youth athletes with experiences synonymous with the names Disney and ESPN, the 220-acre facility features multiple competition venues, including 16 baseball/softball fields, 9,500-seat Champion Stadium, 18 multi-purpose outdoor fields for soccer, football and lacrosse, three field houses for basketball, volleyball, other indoor sports, a track & field facility, a cross country course and a tennis complex with 10 courts. In January 2018, the complex opened The Arena at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, an 8,000-seat facility specifically designed for cheerleading and dance competitions and other indoor sports.  ESPN Wide World of Sports also provides coaches and teams with a variety of unique sports solutions, such as special travel packages, fresh ready-made meal options, photography services, customized event merchandise and post-game celebrations in the Disney ParksThe sports complex also contains a state-of-the-art production center which produces content for the Disney family of networks and distributes programming globally through its extensive fiber network. The production center is a 3,200-square-foot next-generation facility with three control rooms, three replay rooms, eight edit suites and a full broadcast studio with 42 channels of replay. The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex production team is capable of capturing and producing events in HD, 4K and immersive 8K.  For more information, visit www.disneysportsnews.com for news releases, photos and videos.  Follow us on Twitter at @ESPNWWOS and at Facebook at ESPNWWOS.

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