Welcome to Moe’s New Rice Bowls

ATLANTA, Ga. (March 29, 2010) Rice at Moe’s Southwest Grill just got a whole lot more interesting. For a limited time, guests can enjoy Moe’s fresh ingredients without the tortilla in one of three new Rice Bowls. 

“The strategy behind Rice Bowls was to showcase our 25 fresh ingredients while offering a product line that speaks to a broader audience than our large burritos,” explains Joel Bulger, vice president of Marketing for Moe’s Southwest Grill. “Our new rice bowls feature three great flavor combinations that should appeal to everyone, and serves them up in a whole new way.”

The three featured Rice Bowls are:

Pulled Pork Rice Bowl – Rice covered with pinto beans, grilled onions, handmade pico de gallo, shredded cheese, fresh cilantro and topped with slow cooked pulled pork and Moe’s famous queso.

Grilled Chicken Rice Bowl – Rice covered with pinto beans, grilled peppers and mushrooms, handmade pico de gallo, shredded cheese and topped with grilled chicken and Moe’s chipotle ranch dressing.

Tofu Rice Bowl – Rice covered with black beans, grilled onions and mushrooms, handmade pico de gallo, shredded cheeses, black olives, fresh cucumber and topped with seasoned tofu.

Rice Bowls join burritos, quesadillas, nachos, salads, tacos and fajitas to become a new category at Moe’s for a limited time. 

Moe’s has over 400 locations in 34 states where guests can try all three Rice Bowls from now until June 13.

Moe’s Celebrates Grand Reopening in Winter Park, Fla.

WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 19, 2010)  Moe’s Southwest Grill returns to Winter Park in its original location at 847 South Orlando Avenue on Thursday, March 25.

Tony Friel and Ken Franklin of Tampa-based Raving Fans Restaurant Group, LLC own thirteen Moe’s locations in Florida which include four existing locations that they recently revitalized and acquired: Sandlake, UCF, Goldenrod and Lake Mary. Winter Park will be the company’s fourteenth location and they plan to open 10 more in the Orlando market.

The new Winter Park location is open Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Specials include Moe Monday where guests can enjoy any burrito, chips and a drink for $5.99. For a unique catering experience with the ability to customize for large groups, guests may call 321-972-2996.

Tex-Mex Heads to Turkey as Credit Thaw Fuels Restaurant Growth

March 19 (Bloomberg) — FOCUS Brands Inc., the owner of Carvel ice cream and Cinnabon, will add 50 locations this year to its fastest growing chain, Moe’s Southwest Grill, and expand into Turkey as the global recession recedes.

Atlanta-based FOCUS has signed a franchise agreement to add 40 Moe’s restaurants in Turkey over seven years, marking the brand’s first foray outside the U.S. and Canada, Mike Shattuck, president of FOCUS Brands International, said this week in an interview. The first of the Turkey locations will open in Istanbul’s Sapphire Tower in September, he said. Read More

Source: Bloomberg

President Paul Damico Talks About Moe’s Growth on FOX Business News

ATLANTA, GA (March 3, 2010) – Paul Damico, president of Moe’s Southwest Grill, was on the FOX Business news segment “Small Companies, Big Ideas” discussing the Moe’s business and its plans for growth. With over 400 locations in 34 states, plans to open 50 restaurants this year and 33 deals in development from this quarter alone, Moe’s is poised for and exciting 2010.