Moe’s Southwest Grill Opening New Location in Monroe, Ga.

Leading Southwest Fast-Casual Brand Offers Chance to Win Free Burritos for a Year

Monroe, Ga. – December 30, 2015 – “Welcome to Moe’s!” will soon be heard on the streets of Monroe, GA when Moe’s Southwest Grill® opens at 1998 West Spring St at 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 7. To celebrate the grand opening, the Monroe Moe’s will treat the first 100 customers in line to free burritos for a year. The free burritos for a year prize entitles each winner to one burrito per week at the Monroe Moe’s.

“Moe’s fresh, made-to-order food and family-friendly atmosphere is a great addition to Monroe,” said franchisee Shahid Panjwani. “We can’t wait to open our doors and look forward to building long-lasting relationships with our guests and the community.”

Panjwani has been a Moe’s franchise partner since 2008 and owns and operates two additional locations in Roswell and Alpharetta. Enthusiastic about the brand, Panjwani has plans to open additional locations in the greater Atlanta area in the coming years.

Ranked No. 1 Mexican food concept 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. All meals, including signature menu 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 more than 20 fresh ingredients, the menu also features kid’s meals, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-friendly options. 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.

Moe’s in Monroe will be open Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, guests may call (678) 635-8151 or visit

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 more than 580 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

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 to learn more.



Moe’s Southwest Grill Inks Five-Store Deal in Minneapolis

First Location in Minnesota to Open in Mixed-Use Development in Bloomington

Minneapolis, Minn. (March 8, 2012) – 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 five new restaurants to the Minneapolis area within the next three years.

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

The first of the five restaurants will open late summer at the corner of Penn Avenue and American Boulevard in Bloomington, Minn., as part of the United Properties/StuartCo $50 million development called Genesee. The mixed-use development combines retail, restaurants and housing.

“United Properties is very excited to welcome Moe’s to the Twin Cities, and especially excited that they have chosen our project for their first location,” said Brandon Champeau, Development Manager with United Properties.”

The five new restaurants represent the first round of Moe’s Southwest Grill locations to enter the state of Minnesota and will boost the economy by adding an estimated 100 new jobs to the Minneapolis area. Target markets for Moe’s include Maple Grove, Plymouth, Eden Prairie, Edina and St. Louis Park.

With more than 23 years of experience in the restaurant industry, Cherwien has taken part in successfully developing 26 Applebee’s restaurants in the Indianapolis market, in addition to 30 Panera Bread Bakery Cafe’s throughout Philadelphia.

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 20 flavorful ingredients. All meals, including signature items like the Homewrecker burrito, Close Talker salad and John Coctostan quesadilla, are served with free chips and salsa. Although Moe’s is best known for its burritos packed with fresh ingredients, the menu also features kids, vegetarian, and low-calorie options.

While consumers flock to Moe’s when it opens a new restaurant, the company is also attracting a record number of franchise inquiries from entrepreneurs who want to be associated with the “it” restaurant brand. The company has grown to more than 440 locations in just 10 years.

“Signing a five-store deal with a fully engaged, proven franchise partner like Paul Cherwien 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 Paul and know that these new locations will thrive in Minneapolis.”

The new Minneapolis locations are part of Moe’s strategic growth plan to double its existing presence to a total of 800 locations nationwide by the end of 2015.