Moe’s Southwest Grill Opens in Rensselaer

– Albany’s favorite burrito joint opens in Rensselaer on December 17- 

RENSSELAER, NY (December 17, 2010) – “Welcome to Moe’s!” will soon be heard throughout Albany when Moe’s Southwest Grill located in the 307 Troy Road celebrates its grand opening on Friday, December 17.

This location will be the sixth Moe’s restaurant for local owner Jonathan Trager.

The new Rensselaer location is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Every Monday is Moe Monday where guests can enjoy any burrito, chips and a drink for $6. Sunday is Kids Eat Free day with the purchase of an adult meal. For a unique catering experience with the ability to customize for large groups, guests may call 888-MOECATERS (888-663-2283).

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Moe’s Ranks #1 in Mexican Fast Food in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 Listing

ATLANTA, GA (December 15, 2010) – Entrepreneur magazine’s 2011 Franchise 500 listing was just published and here is how Moe’s Southwest Grill shook out:

  • Moe’s Ranked #1 in the Mexican Fast Food Category
  • Moe’s Ranked #91 in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500
  • Moe’s Ranked #76 in the 2011 Top Global Franchises  

 The Franchise 500 are selected according to the following criteria: financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system. They also consider the number of years a company has been in business and the length of time it’s been franchising, startup costs, litigation, percentage of terminations, and whether the company provides financing.

 Source: Entrepreneur

Moe’s Southwest Grill Opens in Cape Coral

– Southwest Florida’s favorite burrito joint opens in Cape Coral on December 16-

CAPE CORAL, FL (December 7, 2010) – “Welcome to Moe’s!” will soon be heard throughout Cape Coral when Moe’s Southwest Grill located in the Coral Pointe Shopping Center at 1631 Del Prado Blvd South celebrates its grand opening on Thursday, December 16.

This location will be the sixth Moe’s restaurant for local owner Mike Silverman.

The new Cape Coral location is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Every Monday is Moe Monday where guests can enjoy any burrito, chips and a drink for $5.99. On Sunday and Tuesday from 3 p.m. until close, kids eat free with the purchase of an adult meal. For a unique catering experience with the ability to customize for large groups, guests may call 239-404-7191.

Moe’s Southwest Grill Opens in Kendall

– New fast-casual southwest restaurant opens in Kendall on December 16-

KENDALL, FL (December 8, 2010) – “Welcome to Moe’s!” will soon be heard throughout Kendall when Moe’s Southwest Grill located at 8746 Mills Drive celebrates its grand opening on Thursday, December 16.

Darryl Nagao and Jason Heidgerken are bringing their sixth Moe’s restaurant to the Miami area with plans to open two more over the next year.

The new Kendall location is open Sunday through Tuesday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Every Monday is Moe Monday where guests can enjoy any burrito, chips, salsa and a drink for $5. On Wednesdays kids eat free from 3 p.m. until close with the purchase of an adult meal. For a unique catering experience with the ability to customize for large groups, guests may call 305-595-9898.

Where Aspiring Franchisees Wash the Toilets

Paul Damico of Moe’s Southwest Grill explains why would-be franchisees must undergo a monthlong unpaid internship for 10 hours a day, six days a week

Bloomberg/BusinessWeek (December 3, 2010) – In 2009, Paul Damico faced a happy conundrum. More than 2,000 well-capitalized individuals were lined up to buy franchise outlets at Moe’s Southwest Grill, a “fast casual” restaurant franchisor where Damico is president. Many of these would-be entrepreneurs had cash but no experience in food service or franchising. Rather than take their money and hope they learned on the job, Damico set up a restaurant internship program designed to separate the serious from the speculators. He spoke about the program recently with Smart Answers columnist Karen E. Klein. Edited excerpts of their conversation follow. Read More

Source: Bloomberg/BusinessWeek