Gainesville-Area Woman Wins Moe’s Southwest Grill® Facebook Contest, Original Salsa Recipe to Debut Nationwide

“Three Bears Salsa” Coming to Fast-Casual Burrito Franchise Oct. 3

ATLANTA – Oct. 2, 2013 – Cheryl Gallowitz, a veterinary technician from Newberry, Fla., will have her original salsa recipe debut in Moe’s Southwest Grill® restaurants nationwide on Thursday, Oct. 3. Gallowitz entered her creation, dubbed “Three Bears Salsa,” in Moe’s “Raise the Salsa Bar” Facebook contest during the summer of 2012 and won the grand prize of $1,000. One year later, the southwest-style burrito franchise is now ready to unleash the new salsa to customers across the U.S. for a period of six months.

 

Gallowitz moved to Gainesville from New York four years ago and invented the winning salsa recipe in memory of her favorite cantina back home. She then began serving it at social gatherings to much acclaim and decided to enter the Moe’s contest on a whim when she saw an advertisement in June of 2012.

 

The “Three Bears Salsa” consists of diced tomato, onion, red pepper, green pepper, tomatillo, cilantro, pickled jalapenos, red wine vinegar, sea salt and lime juice. Described by Gallowitz, it’s “not too hot, not too mild, but just right” – an homage to the taste and the fairy tale.

 

“It was a really fun experience to be a part of and I’m excited to see how my salsa turns out in the restaurants,” said Gallowitz. “I’m thankful to Moe’s for even giving me this opportunity in the first place.”

 

Gallowitz, who works at the University of Florida Large Animal Hospital, says her favorite location is on her way home from work – the Moe’s at 3832 W. Newberry Road near University Avenue. She began going there for the “Moe Monday” $5 burrito promotion. Other Gainesville Moe’s locations can be found on the University of Florida campus at Rec Center Dining and at 3443 SW Archer Road and 7770 W. Newberry Road.

 

Moe’s Southwest Grill is a fast-casual restaurant franchise featuring fresh, handmade, customizable southwestern food. All meals, including signature items like the Homewrecker burrito, Close Talker salad and John Coctostan quesadilla, are served with free chips and salsa. While Moe’s is best known for its burritos packed with a choice of over 20 fresh ingredients, the menu also features kid’s, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

 

“We know the new ‘Three Bears Salsa’ is going to be a hit with our loyal customers,” said Paul Macaluso, Chief Marketing Officer of Moe’s Southwest Grill. “We love interacting with our fans online through social media channels, and this contest gave us the opportunity to help bring someone’s passion to life and translate it into success inside the restaurants.”

 

To learn more about Moe’s and see which location is near you, visit www.moes.com.

 

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 500 locations in the U.S. 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.

 

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Moe’s Southwest Grill Staten Island Hosts 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive on Sept. 4

Popular Fast-Casual Burrito Joint Partners with NY Blood Center;
Gives Away Free Entree to Blood Donors on September 4 

Staten Island, NY (August 19, 2013) – Moe’s Southwest Grill will once again honor 9/11 victims by partnering with New York Blood Center (NYBC) to host their annual blood drive at 2397 Hylan Blvd on Wednesday, September 4. When donors give a pint of blood, they will receive a free entrée from Moe’s.

Staten Island Borough President James P. Moinaro works with NYBC to organize drives among local businesses and community organizations; last year they set a goal to collectively raise 275 pints of blood in remembrance of the 275 Staten Islanders who lost their lives in the attacks against the U.S on September 11, 2001. The goal was far surpassed, with 668 donors giving a pint of ”life”, encouraging them to aim even higher this year.

“With the outpouring of support we received last year, I’m confident the community can come together to raise more than 700 pints,” said Moe’s Franchise Partner and local Staten Islander Joe McAllister. “It is a cause close to my, and much of Staten Island’s heart, and a great opportunity for me and the Moe’s team to help contribute and save lives while honoring those who lost theirs in 9/11.”

NY Blood Center will be at the Staten Island Moe’s Southwest Grill between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET. Donors must be at least 16 years of age, weigh 110 pounds or more, bring photo identification and eat or drink something before donating. After donating one pint of blood, guests will receive a coupon to receive one free entrée from Moe’s – a burrito, stack, salad or quesadilla – to be used at any time.

For more information, guests may call 718-979-8226 or visit www.nybloodcenter.org. 

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 more than 500 locations in the U.S. 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.

Moe’s Celebrates 12 Years with $2 Burritos on April 25

Charlotte, N.C. – April 9, 2013 –  On April 25 Moe’s Southwest Grill located in Dilworth on East Blvd will celebrate their 12 year anniversary and thank the community with $2 burritos all day. The Chamber of Commerce will kick off the day with a ribbon cutting at 10:30 a.m.

Channel 96.1 radio personality Yankee Pete will be on site from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Guests can also spin the Moe’s prize wheel for a chance to win Moe’s coupons, prizes and a chance to win free burritos for a year.

“The East Blvd. location was the first Moe’s Southwest Grill in Charlotte and the the fifth nationwide. We have been proud maintain the high level of quality and fun environment our guests’ have come to expect from Moe’s,” said franchisee, Andy Rooney. “We owe the community for supporting us and want to say thank you with $2 burritos for everyone on April 25.”

The store has also undergone renovations to maximize their famous Moe’s service while up-fitting the dining room and parking lot.

Guests can experience the new touch-screen operated Coca-Cola Freestyle® soda fountain- complete with separate ice and water dispensers. Coca-Cola Freestyle® enables consumers to select from more than 100 regular and low-calorie beverage brands- including more than 60 diet, low-calorie and caffeine-free beverages, as well as many varieties of waters, sports drinks, lemonades and sparkling beverages that, prior to the arrival of Coca-Cola Freestyle, were not available in the U.S.

For more information and promotions, visit the Charlotte area Moe’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/MoesCharlotte.

Mid-Atlantic Moe’s Southwest Grill Restaurants Helping with Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

10 Percent of Entire Day’s Proceeds Going to Local Food Banks on Thursday, Nov. 15

Atlanta – Nov. 13, 2012 – With a strong footprint in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, Moe’s Southwest Grill® is giving back by aiding Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Many communities that Moe’s serves were hit hard by the storm, and numerous locations have banded together in order to make as much impact as possible. On Thursday, Nov. 15, more than 30 Moe’s restaurants in the region will be donating 10 percent of the entire day’s proceeds to local food banks.

“Moe’s is not an organization that sits back and watches others take care of things,” said Moe’s Field Marketing Manager Joe Salome, who is organizing the event. “We would be nowhere without our loyal customers and supportive local communities, so it is our duty to help them get through this rough time.”

Moe’s restaurants have already donated more than 4,000 burritos and tacos to those in need since the storm made landfall in late October. Participating locations for the fundraiser on Nov. 15 include:

  • Connecticut: Glastonbury, Hartford, Milford, New Haven, Waterford
  • New Jersey: Branchburg, Clifton, Depford, East Windsor, Edgewater, Hamilton, Mahwah, Marlboro, Mays Landing, Millville, North Brunswick,  Northvale, Paramus, Parsippany, Pompton Plains, Rutgers, Sicklerville, Sommerset
  • New York: Long Island (East Meadow, Garden City, Greenvale, Oceanside, Rocky Point, Smithtown, Woodbury), Staten Island
  • Pennsylvania: Bethlehem, Philadelphia (Chestnut Street and Suburban Train Station), Stroudsburg, Warrington, Wyomissing

The local food banks that will benefit include Community Food Bank of New Jersey, Island Harvest (Long Island), Food Bank of Delaware, and City Harvest (New York and Staten Island). With this initiative, Moe’s is estimating that between $6-7,000 will be donated in one day to help hungry families displaced by the hurricane or without power. For store addresses and hours, please visit www.moes.com.

Media Contact: John Everette, Fishman PR & Marketing, 847-945-1300 or jeverette@fishmanpr.com

Tallahassee Moe’s Southwest Grill Celebrates 10th Anniversary!

Burrito joint thanking loyal customers with $3 burritos on Tuesday, Oct. 23

Tallahassee, FL (October 23, 2012) – “Welcome to Moe’s!” has been heard by the people of Tallahassee for ten years, and on Oct 23., the restaurant franchise featuring fresh southwest fare is showing their appreciation for their long-time, loyal customers by offering $3 burritos, with free chips and salsa as always, at all three Moe’s Southwest Grill Tallahassee locations.

Rob Atkisson, franchise owner of the three Moe’s locations, has strong ties to Tallahassee, having previously attended Florida State University.

“I fell in love with this city and had always hoped to return to raise a family and start my own business,” said Atkisson. “While living in Atlanta, I discovered Moe’s Southwest Grill during its initial launch and felt it was a great concept and a perfect fit for Tallahassee. We feel honored to be a part of this community and proud to be celebrating 10 years in Tallahassee.”

For many years, Atkisson has supported the local community, sponsoring athletic teams, including FSU Athletics for the past seven years and the Youth YMCA basketball league for two, while also donating thousands to local organizations and schools by holding “Share Night” fundraisers at his locations over the past five years.

Ranked #1 in the Fast Casual Mexican Category by Entrepreneur in 2011, Atlanta based Moe’s Southwest Grill’s serves fresh made-to-order burritos and southwest fare in a fun and laid back environment. All meals, including signature items like the Homewrecker burrito, Close Talker salad and John Coctostan quesadilla, are served with free chips and salsa. While Moe’s is best known for its burritos packed with a choice of over 20 fresh ingredients, the menu also features kid’s, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

Participating Tallahassee Moe’s address and phone number are as follows:

  • 1444 W. Tennessee Street (FSU) – 850-561-6637 (MOES)
  • 3499 Thomasville Rd. – 850-576-6637
  • 1583 Apalachee Parkway – 850-224-6637

Atkisson also has a new location coming to Mahan Village this December!

Moe’s Southwest Grill Indian Trail Offers $2 Burritos For Grand Opening

Mayor to Cut Ribbon; Chance to Win Free Moe’s for a Year

Indian Trail, NC – October 1, 2012— “Welcome to Moe’s!” will ring out in Indian Trail when Moe’s Southwest Grill celebrates its grand opening at 6443 Old Monroe Road, on Thursday, October 11.

Enjoy any tasty customized burrito for $2; limit one per person all-day on October 11.

Yankee Pete from Channel 96.1 will be broadcasting live from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. All guests can spin the Moe’s Prize Wheel for a chance to win free burritos for a year, Moe Bucks and Moe’s swag.

“Moe’s is proud to be part of the Indian Trail community,” said Bryan Connelly, Moe’s franchisee and Charlotte co-op president. “Moe’s believes in fresh food, family and fun and we can’t wait to bring our unique southwest flair to the 13th Charlotte-area location.”

The grand opening celebration begins at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 11 with an official ribbon cutting ceremony with the mayor and the Union County Chamber of Commerce.

Guests can experience the new touch-screen-operated Coca-Cola Freestyle® soda fountain, complete with separate ice and water dispensers. Coca-Cola Freestyle® enables consumers to select from more than 100 regular and low-calorie beverage brands—including more than 60 diet, low-calorie and caffeine-free beverages, as well as many varieties of waters, sports drinks, lemonades and sparkling beverages that, prior to the arrival of Coca-Cola Freestyle®, were not available in the United States.

All 13 Charlotte area Moe’s locations offer a Moe Monday special, which includes a burrito, chips and a regular drink for only $5. On Tuesdays, children 12 and under eat free with the purchase of any adult meal. As always, every meal is served with free chips and salsa.

The Indian Trail location of Moe’s at 6443 Old Monroe Road is adjacent to Sun Valley 14 Theater and is open daily from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. and until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

For more information and promotions, visit the Charlotte area Moe’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/MoesCharlotte.

For more information, contact:

Elisabeth Podair, Account Executive

704.657.7637 or epodair@sparksi.com

Moe’s Southwest Grill to Open in St. Joseph

Popular fast-casual burrito joint opens August 16, first of 25 new locations in Midwest

St. Joseph, Mich.  (August 16, 2012) – “Welcome to Moe’s®!” will soon be heard throughout St. Joseph when Moe’s Southwest Grill® opens at 3260 Niles Road on Thursday, August 16. The new restaurant marks the first of 25 new locations that local restaurateur Joyce Lunsford, Owner of Trigo Hospitality, will open throughout the Midwest. Moe’s Southwest Grill serves fresh made-to-order burritos and southwest fare in a fun and laid back environment.

When you walk by St. Joseph’s newest burrito joint, the first thing you’ll hear is a familiar “Welcome to Moe’s!” It’s more than a greeting; it’s a way of life for the folks who customize each meal fresh to order, right in front of the guest.

All meals, including signature items like the Homewrecker burrito, Close Talker salad and John Coctostan quesadilla, are served with free chips and unlimited salsa from Moe’s fresh salsa bar. While Moe’s Southwest Grill is best known for its burritos packed with a choice of over 20 fresh ingredients, the menu also features kid’s, vegetarian, and low-calorie options. At the same time, the menu boasts a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan offerings many of which feature organic tofu. Moe’s also offers all natural cage-free chicken, grain-fed steroid-free pulled pork, both with no hormones added, and 100% grass-fed steak.

After eating at a Moe’s in Grand Rapids, Lunsford and her team at Trigo Hospitality enjoyed the food so much, they wanted to the first to bring Moe’s to St. Joe. In January 2012, Lunsford signed an agreement that will bring 25 new restaurants – and hundreds of jobs – to Michigan, Indiana and Ohio by 2020. She will operate the restaurants with business partner and local resident Greg Molter.

As part of the development agreement, new Moe’s Southwest Grill restaurants will also open throughout Michigan in Grand Rapids, Battle Creek, Holland, Kalamazoo, Muskegon, Midland, Mt. Pleasant, Saginaw and Big Rapids.

Trigo Hospitality currently operates 32 Pizza Hut® locations in Southwest Michigan and five Sonic® Drive-In restaurants. Her franchise group recently sold the 22 Panera Bread® restaurants they operated in Michigan and Ohio.

Guests can also try the new Coca-Cola Freestyle® soda fountain at the new Moe’s in St. Joseph. The sleek, stylish new fountains are touch screen operated, enabling consumers to select from more than 125 regular and low-calorie beverage brands –including more than 70 diet, low-calorie and 90 caffeine-free beverages, 80+ unique brands offered nowhere else, as well as many varieties of waters, sports drinks, lemonades and sparkling beverages that, prior to the arrival of Coca-Cola Freestyle, were not available in the U.S.

The Moe’s Southwest Grill restaurant in St. Joseph will be open every day of the week from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. For more information or to place a catering order call (269) 556-1155.