Taco Cabana spicing up salsa bar with Salsa Especial! offerings

Taco Cabana is adding a rotation of new salsas to its salsa bar for a limited time. A different made-from-scratch salsa will be introduced every six to eight weeks and, depending on customer response, may be added to the permanent...

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Moe's finds a sweet spot with contextualized tweets, increased digital spend

A well-timed tweet helped drive home Moe's brand message and engage customers.

Moe's Southwest Grill president on chain's growth

Paul Damico, president of Moe's Southwest Grill, chats about the success and growth of the brand. The Mexican fast casual brand recently opened its 500th unit, which Damico attributes to not only the fresh, healthy food but also to its...

Chipotle shifts marketing approach, reports 8% comps increase

While revenue and same-store sales rise, the company shifts focus to local marketing initiatives.

SEC joins Chipotle hiring probe

Chipotle received a subpoena from the SEC May 17 requesting information in regard to its hiring practices.

NRA 2012: Hot Head Burritos

Ray and Cynde Wiley, the founders of Dayton, Ohio-based Hot Head Burritos, talks about brand strategy and growth.

Fast Casual releases 2012 Top 100 Movers & Shakers

The Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers ranks the top concepts, people, technology, menu and innovation trends that impacted the segment in 2011.

Chipotle battles new criticism from growers' group

CIW has challenged major chains before, promoting farm workers' rights.

Salsarita’s acquired by former McAlister’s CEO

Former McAlister’s Deli president and CEO Phil Friedman has acquired the Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina restaurant chain. The chain has 80 stores across 19 states and is now owned by Salsarita’s Holdings LLC, a company formed and controlled by Friedman, who serves as CEO.

NRA 2011: Qdoba on the success of street food

Qdoba's head of strategic product development talks about street food and why it's becoming a fast-casual trend.

Tin Star embarks on Texas-sized turnaround

By Steve Coomes Like a lot of great ideas, the concept of Tin Star Sizzle, Smoke and Salsa was great, but not perfect, out of the box. Founder Rich Hicks’ goal started out simple in 1999: elevate tacos, quesadillas, soups...

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California Tortilla adds Bangkok Shrimp dishes to summer menu

California Tortilla is featuring Thai flavors on its summer menu, with Bangkok Shrimp Tacos, Quesadillas and Bowls available nationwide for a limited time. The Bangkok Shrimp Quesadilla, featuring Bangkok Shrimp, green onions and Monterey Jack cheese wrapped in a grilled...

Moe’s Southwest Grill teams up with Coca-Cola Freestyle to offer exclusive beverage

Moe's Southwest Grill has teamed up with Coca-Cola Freestyle to create Vanilla at Peachtree, a custom beverage available only at select Moe's restaurants. Vanilla at Peachtree is a Sprite-based beverage with vanilla and peach flavors named after the location of...

NBA championship bet spurs inter-restaurant rivalry, charity donation

During the recent NBA finals, Danny Meisenheimer, COO of Pollo Tropical in Miami, and Todd Coerver, COO of Taco Cabana in San Antonio, wagered that the brand with the winning hometown team would host the COO of the losing city...

Chipotle increasing purchase of locally grown produce in 2014

Chipotle Mexican Grill announced today it will purchase more than 20 million pounds of locally grown produce in its restaurants this year, up from its 2013 goal of 15 million pounds. "We are changing the way people think about and...

Salsarita's serving up the 'World's Hottest Burrito' for a limited time this summer

For a limited time this summer, Salsarita’s customers will have a chance to try their luck with BurHEATo, which includes a teaspoon of the world’s hottest chili pepper. Salsarita’s is teaming up with PuckerButt Pepper Company, which produces the Smokin'...

Baja Fresh getting real-time digital, mobile feedback through Sparkfly

Baja Fresh is partnering up with Sparkfly for real-time analysis of their digital and mobile promotions. Baja Fresh will promote its "Catch 2" Seafood Taco combo deal through Google Search, Facebook, Yelp, Opera Mediaworks and UberMedia over the next two...

Chipotle coming to Vancouver

Chipotle Mexican Grill opens its first restaurant Dec. 13 in Vancouver B.C.

Chipotle revenues, profits rise for Q3

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. reported financial results for its third quarter ended Sept.

Taqueria del Sol sets sights on Orlando

Taqueria del Sol, a Georgia fast casual chain, is opening in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 1, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The new restaurant, opening at 3138 S.

Moe's set for Midwest expansion

Moe's Southwest Grill's newest location in St. Joseph, Mich., will mark the first of 25 new locations set to open throughout the Midwest. The St.

Qdoba selects 90octane for search engine marketing

Qdoba Mexican Grill has selected Denver marketing agency 90octane to strategize and implement a foundational search engine optimization (SEO) program as well as a paid search campaign focused on brand development and new customer growth. 90octane collaborated with web development...

Abuelo's Taqueria to open in Lubbock, Texas

Abuelo's Mexican Restaurants is opening its newest concept – Abuelo’s Taqueria – in late October in Lubbock, Texas. Abuelo’s Taqueria is designed to deliver the same high quality food that Abuelo’s is known for, but with many new menu additions...

Pancheros on expansion push

Pancheros Mexican Grill has announced five development agreements that will add 39 locations to its roster, including the first on the West Coast. The new commitments will see the openings of restaurants in three new states including California, Nevada, Oregon,...

Baja Fresh opens in Maryland

Baja Fresh Mexican Grill has opened a location in Frederick, Md. The restaurant is operated by Jamshed Shah, who brings years of restaurant experience to Baja Fresh. The 2,616-square-foot restaurant encompasses Baja Fresh's latest contemporary restaurant design with warm colors...

Boloco opens in Maryland

Boloco has announced a new location in Bethesda, Md.

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