Moe’s in Knoxville to Host Fundraiser for Tennessee Flood Victims

WHAT: Eating a delicious Moe’s Homewrecker isn’t just good for your appetite; it’s also helping those in need. Moe’s wants to do its part to assist the flood victims in the Nashville area, so the Moe’s Southwest Grill locations in Knoxville will be donating $1 from each Homewrecker sold to Tennessee Flood Victims and Hands On Nashville.

WHERE: Moe’s: 9450 South Northshore Dr.

Moe’s: 1800 Cumberland Avenue

WHEN: Monday, May 17 until Sunday, May 23 from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. each day

WHY: According to local Moe’s owners Tony Lewis and James Sills, the people in Nashville need our help and Moe’s wants to facilitate an opportunity for the community to come together and donate what we can to those who need it most.

Moe’s Southwest Grill Opens in Downtown Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, AL (May 17, 2010) – Above the hustle and bustle of downtown traffic, all will hear “Welcome to Moe’s!” when Moe’s Southwest Grill located at 1801 4th Avenue South celebrates its grand opening on Thursday, May 20.

Kealon and Laura Leigh Drake are bringing their sixth location to the Birmingham market.

As part of the grand opening celebration, they will be accepting donations to the Thomas Scott Messina Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The new downtown Birmingham location is open Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Daily specials include Moe Monday where guests can enjoy a junior burrito, chips, salsa and a drink for six dollars. Thank You Thursday where guests can buy a meal and get one free with the purchase of a drink and Tuesday is Kids Eat Free Day where kids can enjoy any item off of the kid’s menu with the purchase of an adult meal. For a unique catering experience with the ability to customize for large groups, guests may call 205-987-MOES(6637).

Moe’s Announces Winners of the Dead Ringer Contest

ATLANTA, Ga. (May 13, 2010) After receiving over 42,000 votes, Moe’s has identified the contestants that best resemble dead musicians and will take home $1,000 cash and free Moe’s burritos for a year. Fourteen of the sixteen winners will be flown to Atlanta for a photo shoot with the hopes of becoming the face of Moe’s new artwork.

Fans were able to vote for their favorite Dead Ringer once per day from April 20 until May 1 and today Moe’s posted their Top 14 here: The winners are:

Carlo Riley – Denver, CO

John Schwartz – Ballston Lake, NY

Andie Kyle – New Albany, IN

Jake Hassler – Louisville, KY

Julie Ohnstad – Marietta, GA

Cody Southerland – Mission, KS

Kaitlin Draper – Centreville, VA

Anthony CeFala – New York, NY

Nick Milford – Glen Allen, VA

Chris Bates – Bloomington, IN

Chris Bosco – Hosoken, NJ

Ben Jensen – Atlanta, GA

Isaiah Johnson – Jackson, TN

Alex Smythe – Plantation, FL

Frank Rondell – Burlinton, Ontario

Phillip Rogers – Charleston, SC

“I’m excited to meet our winners in person and look forward to seeing Moe’s new artwork,” explains Joel Bulger, vice president of marketing for Moe’s. “As a result of the positive response from this contest, engaging our fans through interactive marketing will certainly be part of our marketing strategy in the future.”

Next, Moe’s will fly 14 of the winners to Atlanta and have their photo taken to possibly become the new artwork at Moe’s. The unveiling of the new artwork will take place at Moe’s locations this fall.

Moe’s Southwest Grill Signs Nationwide Agreement with Sodexo

ATLANTA, GA (May 17, 2010) – After signing a record number of multi-unit deals for franchises in strip malls and other traditional sites, Moe’s Southwest Grill will also rapidly increase the brand’s presence in non-traditional venues through an agreement with Sodexo, Inc. leading provider of quality of life solutions in education, government, healthcare and corporate settings, to open Moe’s restaurants in Sodexo-operated locations.

Moe’s Southwest Grill, the fast-casual franchise known for fresh made-to-order burritos, quesadillas and more, has more than 400 restaurants in 34 states and Canada. Of those, 20 locations currently operate in non-traditional venues. The Sodexo announcement is part of a plan that will triple that amount in the next five years.

“It’s a testament to the strength of the Moe’s concept that a major player in the non-traditional space has committed to growing with us,” says Paul Damico, president of Moe’s Southwest Grill. “I expect brand awareness will reach new heights as these high-traffic venues bring our delicious southwest fare and unique brand culture to a large audience over a short period of time.”

The first restaurant under this agreement is now operating at Loyola College in Baltimore, MD. Within the next 6-8 months, Moe’s Southwest Grill will also open restaurants at Valdosta State University, Troy University and other Sodexo-operated locations through the agreement.

“Consumers everywhere are craving fast-casual Mexican food and through this agreement with Moe’s, Sodexo units nationwide will be able to offer guests fast, made-to-order dishes with over 25 fresh ingredients to choose from,” says John Nappier, vice president of business development, Sodexo’s Retail Brand Group.  “Agreements with quality brand partners are an important part of how Sodexo provides market-relevant options that improve the quality of daily life for our customers.”

In addition to these non-traditional venue agreements, plans call for Moe’s Southwest Grill to open 50 new restaurants throughout 2010. In the First Quarter alone, the restaurant chain has sold more franchise deals than all of 2009 combined, proving that Moe’s is attracting a great deal of strong business partners that believe in the brand.

Moe’s Southwest Grill Inks 10-Store Deal in Chicago

CHICAGO, IL (May 14, 2010)– Moe’s Southwest Grill, the fast-growing restaurant franchise best known for its flavorful southwest fare and distinct brand culture, has signed a deal to bring 10 new restaurants to the Chicago area– the first of which will open in Schaumburg this year.

“We are excited to expand Moe’s presence in the Chicago market with our fun, relaxed atmosphere and fully-customizable menu,” said franchise partner Brian Ferris. “Soon, everyone in Chicago will be looking forward to hearing our famous “Welcome to Moe’s!” greeting when they walk in.”

Currently, Moe’s Southwest Grill has locations in Gurnee, Hoffman Estates and Deer Park employing over 60 workers. These 10 new restaurants will boost the economy by adding an additional 200 new jobs to the Chicago area.

Already the owner and operator of 12 Moe’s restaurants in the Atlanta area and the vice president of the brand’s Franchise Advisory Council, Brian Ferris will open the Chicago-area locations with his brother Drew, a Chicago-area resident who recently owned his own construction company. The brothers hope to combine their expertise on Moe’s Southwest Grill and suburban Chicago real estate to create a loyal following of Moe’s customers in Chicago.

Moe’s Southwest Grill has continued to outpace competitors by offering a fun, unmistakable culture, as well as fresh, made-to-order food with more than 25 different ingredients and vast menu options for vegans and vegetarians. While consumers flock to Moe’s when it opens a new restaurant, the company is also attracting a record number of franchise inquires from entrepreneurs who want to be associated with the “it” restaurant brand. The company has grown to more than 400 locations in just 10 years.

In addition to the Schaumburg locations, the Ferris brothers plan to open additional restaurants in Naperville, Wilmette, Deerfield, Downers Grove, Lincolnshire, Skokie, Evanston, Des Plaines and Oak Brook.

“Signing a 10-store deal with a fully engaged, proven franchise partner like Brian will ensure the growth of the brand in a key market for us,” said Moe’s President Paul Damico. “I have all of the confidence in Brian and Drew and know that these new locations will thrive in Chicago.”

Plans call for Moe’s Southwest Grill to open 50 new restaurants throughout 2010. In the first three months of the year the restaurant chain has sold more franchise deals than all of 2009 combined, proving that Moe’s is attracting entrepreneurs everywhere.