Moe’s Southwest Grill Continues Fast-Paced Growth with Opening of 600th Restaurant

 Leading Southwest Fast-Casual Brand Celebrates Significant Opening in Salt Lake City, Inks Franchise Agreements Nationwide 

ATLANTA – May 19, 2015 – Moe’s Southwest Grill®, a leader in the fast-casual Mexican space, opened its 600th restaurant in Salt Lake City, Utah this month. The milestone reflects the momentum the brand has built by signing several high-profile multi-unit franchise agreements nationwide, just 15 years after opening its first location in Atlanta, Georgia.

“The opening of our 600th restaurant is an achievement that was reached largely thanks to our dedicated franchisees and loyal guests across the country,” said Paul Damico, Group President for FOCUS Brands. “As we continue to expand our footprint in coming years, our focus will remain on offering quality food and unique dining experiences.”

The Salt Lake City restaurant marks the first Moe’s in the state and is part of the company’s plans to further develop its presence in the western part of the U.S.. Moe’s hopes to open 70 new restaurants this year and continue an aggressive expansion, with new Moe’s also debuting in Chicago, Cleveland, and the state of Iowa. Expansion over the coming year will be driven by several multi-unit franchise deals inked, including:

  • A 20-unit deal for West Chicago, signed by Willie Torchia, franchise owner of 16 TGI Fridays® restaurants;
  • A 12-unit deal for the Baltimore DMA, signed by Hardy Gill, a franchise owner/partner in 30 Denny’s® restaurants;
  • A 12 unit deal for all of Maine and North Boston, signed by Danny Costa, Mike Costa and Mark Pesce, franchise owners of more than 40 Dunkin’ Donuts® restaurants;
  • A 12-unit deal for most of Iowa, signed by Scott Davis, Matt Middendorp, Mike Middendorp and Mike Flanagan, franchise owners of 9 Pizza Ranch®

Moe’s currently operates in 37 states including D.C., and in international markets such as Guatemala and Jamaica. The company is seeking experienced, multi-unit franchise owners to develop San Francisco, Denver, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Phoenix and Detroit.

In 2014, Moe’s opened 63 new restaurants – more than one restaurant per week – and signed over 150 new franchise deals. The company had 5.8 percent positive same-store sales and $570 million system-wide sales.

Ranked No. 1 Mexican food chain by consumers in Restaurant Business Magazine in 2015, Atlanta-based Moe’s Southwest Grill serves fresh, made-to-order burritos and southwest fare in a fun and laid-back environment.

“Welcome to Moe’s!” is more than a greeting; it’s a way of life for the folks who customize each meal made fresh, to order in front of every guest. All meals, including signature menu items like the Homewrecker burrito, Close Talker salad and John Coctostan quesadilla, are served with free chips and salsa. New Moe’s locations also encourage guests to customize their beverage by offering a selection of more than 100 brands to choose from with the Coca-Cola Freestyle® soda fountain.

About Moe’s Southwest Grill®

Welcome to Moe’s!® Founded in 2000 in Atlanta, GA, Moe’s Southwest Grill is a fast-casual restaurant franchise featuring fresh, handmade, customizable southwestern food in a welcoming environment that rocks. Moe’s is committed to serving only the highest quality ingredients 100% of the time at our locations in the U.S and abroad. While Moe’s is best known for its burritos packed with a choice of more than 20 fresh, flavorful ingredients, the menu also features kid’s, vegetarian and low-calorie options, all served with free chips and salsa. Check out Moe’s online at www.moes.com.

About FOCUS Brands Inc.

Atlanta-based FOCUS Brands Inc. is the franchisor and operator of over 4,000 ice cream shoppes, bakeries, restaurants and cafes in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 60 foreign countries under the brand names Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky’s®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, Auntie Anne’s® and McAlister’s Deli®, as well as Seattle’s Best Coffee® on certain military bases and in certain international markets.  Please visit www.focusbrands.com to learn more.

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Moe’s Southwest Grill Opening New Location in Carrizo Springs

Popular fast-casual burrito joint opens on May 18 in Pilot Travel Center

Carrizo Springs, Texas – May 11, 2014 – “Welcome to Moe’s!®” will soon be heard on the streets of Carrizo Springs when Moe’s Southwest Grill® opens at the Pilot Travel Center located at 1045 S. Hwy 83 on Monday, May 18 at 6 a.m. This unique partnership allows guests to get their Moe’s fix anytime, day or night, and even offers breakfast for those visiting during the morning hours.

“Moe’s is a great addition to the Pilot Travel Center as it gives guests traveling through Carrizo Springs a fresh, flavorful dining option that is handcrafted for their unique tastes,” said Pilot Travel Center representative, Shannon Swafford.

There are three things Moe’s newbies should know: the crew will say, “Welcome to Moe’s!” when you walk in the door (don’t be jolted – it’s normal), the most popular burrito is lovingly called the Homewrecker, and Moe’s Famous Queso is famous for a reason.

Each meal is created-to-order in a way that is as unique as the people Moe’s serves. With honestly good ingredients like all-natural chicken, grass-fed steak, organic tofu and handcrafted guacamole, Moe’s offers a wide variety of options to meet guests’ unique tastes and lifestyle. And no matter the meal, guests can always count on getting free chips and salsa.

And whether you’re hosting a party, business function or wedding, or you’re tailgating before a big game, Moe’s catering has you covered. Moe’s offers one-of-a-kind caterings filled with flavorful options that please even the pickiest of eaters (vegetarian, gluten-sensitive, lower calorie). Check out www.moes.com/catering for more information.

Moe’s of Carrizo Springs will be open for 24 hours a day, all seven days of the week. For more information, call (830) 876-9739 or visit www.moes.com.

About Moe’s Southwest Grill®

Welcome to Moe’s!® Founded in 2000 and based in Atlanta, GA, Moe’s Southwest Grill is a fast-casual restaurant franchise that serves honestly good, fresh, southwestern food in a welcoming environment that rocks. Best known for its burritos, Moe’s has more than 20 fresh, flavorful ingredients like all-natural chicken and handcrafted guac that are rolled together into an endless serving of awesomeness. Whether you visit us at one of our more than 575 franchised locations throughout the U.S., have us cater to your home or office, or pick up one of our licensed products, it’s just honestly awesome food. Check us out online at www.moes.com to find a store near you, and then connect with us on InstagramTwitterVine and Facebook.

About FOCUS Brands Inc.

Atlanta-based FOCUS Brands Inc. is the franchisor and operator of over 4,000 ice cream shoppes, bakeries, restaurants and cafes in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 60 foreign countries under the brand names Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky’s®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, Auntie Anne’s® and McAlister’s Deli®, as well as Seattle’s Best Coffee® on certain military bases and in certain international markets.  Please visit www.focusbrands.com to learn more.

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Moe’s Southwest Grill Celebrates 15 Year Anniversary #CincodeMoes

Leading Southwestern Fast-Casual Restaurant Giving Away T-Shirts on May 5; Announces Seasonal Salsas

ATLANTA – April 21, 2015 – Welcome to Moe’s!® Moe’s Southwest Grill®, the fast-casual restaurant best known for creating delicious burritos to order with fresh, flavorful ingredients, is celebrating 15 years in the business of rolling burritos with a “throwback” to the year 2000 for this year’s Cinco de Moe’s™.

In honor of their 15th anniversary, Moe’s is encouraging guests to throw it back to the days of frosted tip hair styles, butterfly clips, and bedazzled bellbottom jeans. The first guests in line at all participating Moe’s locations will receive a free Cinco de Moe’s t-shirt, available while supplies last.

“Cinco de Moe’s has become a highly-anticipated day of celebration for all of our customers across the country,” said Lauren Barash, Senior Director of Marketing for Moe’s. “After 15 years of successfully rolling burritos and hosting Cinco de Moe’s celebrations, we’re honored to have such a loyal following. We look forward to continued innovation and growth as we strive to offer our customers the best food and guest experience known to man.”

There are three things Moe’s newbies should know: the crew will cry “welcome to Moe’s” when you walk in the door (don’t be jolted – it’s normal), the most popular burrito is lovingly called the Homewrecker, and Moe’s Famous Queso is famous for a reason.

Each meal is created-to-order in a way that is as unique as the people Moe’s serves. With honestly good ingredients like all-natural chicken, grass-fed steak, organic tofu and handcrafted guacamole, Moe’s offers a wide variety of options to meet guest’s unique tastes and lifestyle. And no matter the meal, guests can always count on getting free chips and salsa.

Speaking of salsa, Moe’s has livened-up the salsa bar with the introduction of its new Smokin’ Hot Chipotle salsa and its Pineapple Cucumber salsa. The Smokin’ Hot Chipotle Salsa has fresh tomatoes blended with chipotle puree, diced onions and jalapenos, and a serious kick of fiery spices. The Pineapple Cucumber Salsa, brought back by popular demand, is a combination of sweet and savory with chunks of pineapple, diced cucumbers, jalapeno peppers, freshly chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice.

For those looking to celebrate Cinco de Moe’s at the office or at home the week of May 5, Moe’s offers one-of-a-kind caterings filled with flavorful options that please even the pickiest of eaters (vegetarian, gluten-friendly, lower calorie). Check out www.moes.com/catering for more information.

Visit www.moes.com to find a store nearest to you and connect with Moe’s on Instagram, Twitter, Vine and Facebook, by tagging your posts and pics with #cincodemoes.

About Moe’s Southwest Grill®

Welcome to Moe’s!® Founded in 2000 in Atlanta, GA, Moe’s Southwest Grill is a fast-casual restaurant franchise featuring fresh, handmade, customizable southwestern food in a welcoming environment that rocks. Moe’s is committed to serving only the highest quality ingredients 100% of the time at all of our locations in the U.S and abroad. While Moe’s is best known for its burritos packed with a choice of more than 20 fresh, flavorful ingredients, the menu also features kid’s, vegetarian and low-calorie options, all served with free chips and salsa. Check out Moe’s online at www.moes.com.

About FOCUS Brands Inc.

Atlanta-based FOCUS Brands Inc. is the franchisor and operator of over 4,000 ice cream shoppes, bakeries, restaurants and cafes in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 60 foreign countries under the brand names Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky’s®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, Auntie Anne’s® and McAlister’s Deli®, as well as Seattle’s Best Coffee® on certain military bases and in certain international markets.  Please visit www.focusbrands.com to learn more.

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Moe’s Southwest Grill Opening New Location in Katy

Leading Southwest Fast-Casual Brand Offering Chance to Win Free Burritos for a Year*

Katy, TX –  April 16, 2015 – “Welcome to Moe’s!®” will soon be heard on the streets of Katy when Moe’s Southwest Grill® opens at 1230 Mason Road Suite 100 on Thursday, April 23 at 11 a.m. To celebrate the grand opening, Moe’s of Katy is offering $5 burritos all day and one free burrito every week for a year* to the first 100 guests through the door on opening day.

“Moe’s has a loyal following across the country, and I believe Katy residents will be no exception,” said franchisee Sal Amleh. “I look forward to opening our doors to the Katy community and offering guests our fresh, made-to-order food.”

Moe’s of Katy is also hosting a fundraiser on Wednesday, April 22, to benefit Morton Ranch High School’s American Sign Language honors program. One hundred percent of the net sales between 5 and 8 p.m. will benefit the school.

Ranked No. 1 Mexican food chain by consumers in Restaurant Business Magazine in 2015, Atlanta-based Moe’s Southwest Grill serves fresh, made-to-order burritos and southwest fare in a fun and laid-back environment.

“Welcome to Moe’s!” is more than a greeting; it’s a way of life for the folks who customize each meal made fresh, to order in front of every guest. All meals, including signature menu items like the Homewrecker burrito, Close Talker salad and John Coctostan quesadilla, are served with free chips and salsa. New Moe’s locations also encourage guests to customize their beverage by offering a selection of more than 100 brands to choose from with the Coca-Cola Freestyle® soda fountain.

Moe’s of Katy will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, call 850-445-8464 or visit www.moes.com.

* Each eligible winner will receive one (1) card (the “Prize Card”) which will entitle the winner to one (1) burrito per week, for fifty two (52) consecutive weeks, beginning on the date Sponsor awards the Prize Card to the winner; Prize Cards are valid only at the Awarding Restaurant and will not be accepted at other Moe’s Southwest Grill® locations.

About Moe’s Southwest Grill®

Welcome to Moe’s!® Founded in 2000 in Atlanta, GA, Moe’s Southwest Grill is a fast-casual restaurant franchise featuring fresh, handmade, customizable southwestern food in a welcoming environment that rocks. Moe’s is committed to serving only the highest quality ingredients 100% of the time at all of our locations in the U.S and abroad. While Moe’s is best known for its burritos packed with a choice of more than 20 fresh, flavorful ingredients, the menu also features kids’, vegetarian and low-calorie options, all served with free chips and salsa. Check out Moe’s online at www.moes.com.

About FOCUS Brands Inc.

Atlanta-based FOCUS Brands Inc. is the franchisor and operator of over 4,000 ice cream shoppes, b­­akeries, restaurants and cafes in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 60 foreign countries under the brand names Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky’s®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, Auntie Anne’s® and McAlister’s Deli®, as well as Seattle’s Best Coffee® on certain military bases and in certain international markets.  Please visit www.focusbrands.com to learn more.

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Moe’s Southwest Grill Opens First Utah Location

Leading Southwest Fast-Casual Brand Offering Chance to Win Free Burritos for a Year*

Layton, UT – April 23, 2015 – “Welcome to Moe’s!®” will soon be heard on the streets of Layton when Moe’s Southwest Grill® opens its first Utah location at 928 West Antelope Drive on Thursday, April 23.

To celebrate the grand opening, Moe’s of Layton is offering $5 burritos all day and one free burrito every week for a year* to the first 50 guests through the door on opening day. The new restaurant marks the first Moe’s in the state and is part of the company’s hopes to significantly develop its presence in the western part of the U.S. in 2015.

“Moe’s has a loyal following across the country and I am eager to bring the Moe’s experience to Utah,” said franchisee Michael Lin, who has been in the restaurant business for more than 30 years. “Layton is an active, family-oriented community, making it the perfect fit for Moe’s fresh, made-to-order food and welcoming atmosphere.”

Moe’s of Layton is also hosting several fundraisers for local schools in the days surrounding the opening. Wednesday, April 22, 100 percent of net sales generated between 5 and 8 p.m. will benefit North Layton Jr. High School. Guests of this fundraiser are encouraged to make a $5 donation in exchange for their meal. On Friday, April 24 and Monday, April 28, 100 percent of the net sales from orders of guests who present the applicable promotional flyer at the register will benefit Northridge High School and Lincoln Elementary School, respectively.

Ranked No. 1 Mexican food chain by consumers in Restaurant Business Magazine in 2015, Atlanta-based Moe’s Southwest Grill serves fresh, made-to-order burritos and southwest fare in a fun and laid-back environment.

“Welcome to Moe’s!” is more than a greeting; it’s a way of life for the folks who customize each meal made fresh, to order in front of every guest. All meals, including signature menu items like the Homewrecker burrito, Close Talker salad and John Coctostan quesadilla, are served with free chips and salsa. New Moe’s locations also encourage guests to customize their beverage by offering a selection of more than 100 brands to choose from with the Coca-Cola Freestyle® soda fountain.

Moe’s of Layton will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, call 810-773-6637 or visit www.moes.com.

* Each eligible winner will receive one (1) card (the “Prize Card”) which will entitle the winner to one (1) burrito per week, for fifty two (52) consecutive weeks, beginning on the date Sponsor awards the Prize Card to the winner; Prize Cards are valid only at the Awarding Restaurant and will not be accepted at other Moe’s Southwest Grill® locations.

About Moe’s Southwest Grill®

Welcome to Moe’s!® Founded in 2000 in Atlanta, GA, Moe’s Southwest Grill is a fast-casual restaurant franchise featuring fresh, handmade, customizable southwestern food in a welcoming environment that rocks. Moe’s is committed to serving only the highest quality ingredients 100% of the time at all of our locations in the U.S and abroad. While Moe’s is best known for its burritos packed with a choice of more than 20 fresh, flavorful ingredients, the menu also features kids’, vegetarian and low-calorie options, all served with free chips and salsa. Check out Moe’s online at www.moes.com.

About FOCUS Brands Inc.

Atlanta-based FOCUS Brands Inc. is the franchisor and operator of over 4,000 ice cream shoppes, b­­akeries, restaurants and cafes in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 60 foreign countries under the brand names Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky’s®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, Auntie Anne’s® and McAlister’s Deli®, as well as Seattle’s Best Coffee® on certain military bases and in certain international markets.  Please visit www.focusbrands.com to learn more.

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Moe’s Southwest Grill Opening New Location in Northampton

Leading Southwest Fast-Casual Brand Offers Customers Chance to Win Free Burritos for a Year*

Northampton, Mass. – April 16, 2015 – “Welcome to Moe’s!®” will soon be heard on the streets of Northampton, Mass. when Moe’s Southwest Grill® opens their newest location at 228 King Street at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 23.

To celebrate the grand opening, the Northampton Moe’s is offering $5 burritos from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and the first 50 guests through the door will win one free burrito every week for a year.* The new location will also host two pre-opening fundraisers on April 22, one from 12 to 2 p.m. and one from 5 to 7 p.m. for the Northampton Athletic Booster Club in which 100 percent of the net sales will be donated to the club.

“Moe’s fresh, made-to-order food and family-friendly atmosphere is the perfect addition to Northampton,” said franchisee Sagar Shah. “We are eager to open our doors and look forward to building long-lasting relationships with our guests and the Northampton community.”

Shah has been a Moe’s franchisee since 2014 and owns and operates one additional location in Hadley, Mass. Enthusiastic about the brand, Shah wants to open another location in Massachusetts in the next couple of years.

Ranked No. 1 Mexican food chain by consumers in Restaurant Business Magazine in 2015, Atlanta-based Moe’s Southwest Grill serves fresh, made-to-order burritos and southwest fare in a fun and laid-back environment.

“Welcome to Moe’s!” is more than a greeting; it’s a way of life for the folks who customize each meal made fresh, to order in front of every guest. All meals, including signature menu items like the Homewrecker burrito, Close Talker salad and John Coctostan quesadilla, are served with free chips and salsa. New Moe’s locations also encourage guests to customize their beverage by offering a selection of more than 100 brands to choose from with the Coca-Cola Freestyle® soda fountain.

Moe’s in Northampton will be open every day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, guests may call (413) 387-6292 or visit www.moes.com.

* Each winner will receive one (1) card (the “Prize Card”) which will entitle the winner to one (1) burrito per week, for fifty two (52) consecutive weeks, beginning on the date Sponsor awards the Prize Card to the winner; Prize Cards are valid only at the Awarding Restaurant and will not be accepted at other Moe’s Southwest Grill® locations.

About Moe’s Southwest Grill®

Welcome to Moe’s!® Founded in 2000 in Atlanta, GA, Moe’s Southwest Grill is a fast-casual restaurant franchise featuring fresh, handmade, customizable southwestern food in a welcoming environment that rocks. Moe’s is committed to serving only the highest quality ingredients 100% of the time at our locations in the U.S and abroad. While Moe’s is best known for its burritos packed with a choice of more than 20 fresh, flavorful ingredients, the menu also features kid’s, vegetarian and low-calorie options, all served with free chips and salsa. Check out Moe’s online at www.moes.com.

About FOCUS Brands Inc.

Atlanta-based FOCUS Brands Inc. is the franchisor and operator of over 4,000 ice cream shoppes, bakeries, restaurants and cafes in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 60 foreign countries under the brand names Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky’s®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, Auntie Anne’s® and McAlister’s Deli®, as well as Seattle’s Best Coffee® on certain military bases and in certain international markets.  Please visit www.focusbrands.com to learn more.

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Moe’s Southwest Grill Opening New Location in Linden

Leading Southwest Fast-Casual Brand Offers Customers Chance to Win Free Burritos for a Year*

Linden, N.J. – April 16, 2015 – Welcome to Moe’s!® Moe’s Southwest Grill®, the fast-casual restaurant best known for creating delicious burritos to order with fresh, flavorful ingredients opens the doors to their newest restaurant in Linden, N.J. located at 1701 Edgar Road at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 23.

To celebrate the grand opening, the Linden Moe’s is offering the first 50 guests in line one free burrito every week for a year.* The Linden Moe’s is also hosting a fundraiser to support the Deerfield High School PTA on Wednesday, April 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. in which 100 percent of the net sales will be donated to the local organization.

“It’s a privilege to open my sixth Moe’s location and continue to offer the community honestly awesome food that is handcrafted for each guest that walks through our doors,” said franchisee Nori Khan. “I’m eager to continue expanding Moe’s footprint in New Jersey and look forward to building long-lasting relationships with our guests and the Linden community.”

Khan has been a Moe’s franchisee since 2012 and owns and operates additional locations in New Jersey including Piscataway, Florham Park, North Brunswick, Englishtown, and Saddle Brook. Over his franchisee career with Moe’s, Khan has created more than 180 job opportunities in the state of New Jersey and hopes to open additional locations in New Jersey in the next couple of years.

Each meal is created-to-order in a way that is as unique as the people Moe’s serves. With honestly good ingredients like all-natural chicken, grass-fed steak, organic tofu and handcrafted guacamole, Moe’s offers a wide variety of options to meet guest’s unique tastes and lifestyle. And no matter the meal, guests can always count on getting free chips and salsa.

Moe’s in Linden will be open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, guests may call (908) 718-5075 or visit www.moes.com.

* Each winner will receive one (1) card (the “Prize Card”) which will entitle the winner to one (1) burrito per week, for fifty two (52) consecutive weeks, beginning on the date Sponsor awards the Prize Card to the winner; Prize Cards are valid only at the Awarding Restaurant and will not be accepted at other Moe’s Southwest Grill® locations.

About Moe’s Southwest Grill®

Welcome to Moe’s!® Founded in 2000 in Atlanta, GA, Moe’s Southwest Grill is a fast-casual restaurant franchise featuring fresh, handmade, customizable southwestern food in a welcoming environment that rocks. Moe’s is committed to serving only the highest quality ingredients 100% of the time at our locations in the U.S and abroad. While Moe’s is best known for its burritos packed with a choice of more than 20 fresh, flavorful ingredients, the menu also features kid’s, vegetarian and low-calorie options, all served with free chips and salsa. Check out Moe’s online at www.moes.com.

About FOCUS Brands Inc.

Atlanta-based FOCUS Brands Inc. is the franchisor and operator of over 4,000 ice cream shoppes, bakeries, restaurants and cafes in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 60 foreign countries under the brand names Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky’s®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, Auntie Anne’s® and McAlister’s Deli®, as well as Seattle’s Best Coffee® on certain military bases and in certain international markets.  Please visit www.focusbrands.com to learn more.

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