Pancheros donates 5,000+ burritos for dance marathons

The marathons will benefit the Children's Miracle Network and the University of Iowa Children's Hospital.


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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Mission Burrito rebrands as 'Überrito'

The name change is the first step in a three-step process that will include revamping the décor in four existing Houston-area units and developing new markets.

Taco Republic offers 'season pass'

Buy a pass and you can eat your choice of three tacos, chips and salsa every day from Dec. 5 through March 5.

Barberitos sees significant sales increase in Q3

Barberitos Southwestern Grille and Cantina announced a 17-percent increase in same-store sales for Q3 2014.

California Tortilla offering free chips, queso to voters

To claim their free chips and salsa offer, voters can display their "I Voted" sticker or simply tell the cashier they voted.

Moe's Southwest Grill set to open first Vegas unit

The Las Vegas location is the first in an eight-location development deal. A second location is expected to open late November.

Qdoba rolls extras into entrée price

The menu applies a two-tier pricing structure based on protein with no additional charge for add-ons like guacamole and queso.

Margaritas opens fast casual concept near University of New Hampshire campus

Tacomano will open on Oct. 7 at 38 Main Street in Durham, New Hampshire, near the University of New Hampshire campus.

Costa Vida launches into Georgia

The restaurant is owned by brothers Donald and Michael Williams, who have signed an area developer agreement for the state of Georgia.

Chronic Tacos staging celebrity taco eating contest to benefit No Kid Hungry

Chronic Tacos and Dexter Holland, the lead singer of The Offspring who also founded the Gringo Bandito Hot Sauce, will host the fourth annual "Gringo Bandito Chronic Tacos Challenge" on Sept. 1.

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...

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'...

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