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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Moe’s Southwest Grill Opening New Location in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania

Leading Southwest Fast-Casual Brand Hosts Grand Opening Events for Local Colleges and Schools

Jenkintown, Pa. – April 7, 2015 – “Welcome to Moe’s!®” will soon be heard on the streets of Jenkintown, Pa. when Moe’s Southwest Grill® opens its doors at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 17 at 1595 The Fairway in the Baederwood Shopping Center. To celebrate the opening of the new restaurant, the Jenkintown Moe’s will host a series of community pre-opening events on April 15 and 16.

On Wednesday, April 15, the Jenkintown Moe’s will host a free lunch** for the community between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and an All You Can Eat fundraising dinner from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. As the name implies, guests can eat all the fresh and delicious Moe’s food they want for only $10. As part of its commitment to helping the community, Moe’s has selected Cheltenham High School as the recipient of one hundred percent of the net sales from the fundraiser.

On Thursday, April 16, the attention to community spirit and giving shifts to colleges. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Jenkintown Moe’s will host a special College V.I.P. Party for all students, alumni, faculty and staff of all colleges and community colleges in the area, including Penn State Abington, LaSalle University and Manor College. The first 75 customers through the door will receive free Moe’s burritos for a year* and all guests will receive a free Moe’s lunch**. In addition, free Moe’s spirit t-shirts will be given to the first 500 customers in line for the College V.I.P. Party.

Later that evening from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Moe’s will host another $10 All You Can Eat pre-opening fundraiser to support Abington High School. The public is invited to join Moe’s in supporting the schools by attending the pre-opening fundraisers.

“It’s important to us to demonstrate our commitment to the community from day one. What better way to do so than by inviting our neighbors for a preview of Moe’s and donating all of our net sales to local schools,” commented Jim O’Brien, Moe’s Southwest Grill franchisee. “We are so excited to join the Jenkintown community and look forward to introducing everyone to the one-of-a-kind dining that is Moe’s.”

Last year, Philmore Southwest, LLC, the ownership group comprised of Jeff Coghlan and Jim O’Brien, opened its first Moe’s locations in Doylestown and Oaks, Pennsylvania and will pursue further expansion within the Northeast in addition to the forthcoming restaurants currently under contract.

Moe’s has attracted national attention, with Bloomberg TV focusing on the company’s growth and expansion. To see the Bloomberg interview on what makes Moe’s better than the competition and on the company’s remarkable success, please go to: http://bloom.bg/1tgt0l2.  Moe’s Chief Marketing Officer, Paul Macaluso, was also featured in a CMO Perspectives article in Nation’s Restaurant News: http://nrn.com/cmo-perspectives/cmo-perspectives-paul-macaluso-moe-s-southwest-grill.

* 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.

** The free Moe’s lunch will include one free entrée and drink per customer, while supplies last.

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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