Moe’s Southwest Grill Opening New Location in Davenport

Leading Fast-Casual Brand Offering Chance to Win Free Burritos for a Year*

Davenport, Iowa – August 20,  2015 – “Welcome to Moe’s!®” will soon be heard on the streets of Davenport when Moe’s Southwest Grill® opens at 4046 E. 53rd Street, in Davenport at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 27.

To celebrate the grand opening, Moe’s of Davenport 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. On Friday, August 28, the Davenport Moe’s will host an official ribbon cutting ceremony with Moe’s president and Iowa native, Bruce Schroder.

“Moe’s has a loyal following across the country, and I believe Quad City residents will be no exception,” said franchisee Matt Middendorp, “I look forward to opening our doors to the Quad City community and offering guests our fresh, flavorful food.”

Moe’s of Davenport is also hosting a fundraiser on Wednesday, August 26 to benefit the Bettendorf Athletics Booster Club. One hundred percent of the donations between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. will benefit the Bulldog’s Booster Club. The $5 donation at the door will include an entrée, side, and a drink.

“The Bettendorf Booster Club is excited to welcome Moe’s to the Quad Cities. We are equally thrilled Moe’s has chosen to support the Bettendorf Bulldogs from the day it opens its doors”, said Booster Board President Julia Suiter.

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.

Moe’s of Davenport 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 563-355-0569 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 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 Names Bruce Schroder as President

ATLANTA (May 26, 2015) – FOCUS Brands® announced that Bruce Schroder has been named President of Moe’s Southwest Grill®, the fast-casual restaurant chain best known for creating delicious burritos to order with fresh, flavorful ingredients.

Since taking on the new role of Group President, with responsibility for the Restaurant Brands, Paul Damico has been leading the 15-year-old brand while searching for a leader with both the right experience and the right fit for the brand’s irreverent culture.

“Bruce is an accomplished executive with more than 30 years of experience leading companies and growing their businesses,” said FOCUS Brands Group President, Paul Damico. “He will draw on his extensive experience in the restaurant franchise business to continue the success and keep up the momentum Moe’s is experiencing and lead it to new heights.”

Bruce joins from Regus Express North America, where he served as President and grew the business with the goal of commercializing their mobile office concept with consumers. Prior to that he served as Chief Operating Officer and President of Stores for Jamba, where he led the revitalization of the domestic business. He has an impressive career, having worked for companies like HomeGain, Peet’s Coffee and Tea, AIMCO, Adina for Life, Wells Fargo and Arthur Andersen, but most notably he spent 16 years with PepsiCo, where he progressed through a wide variety of roles and assignments in finance, operations, sales, and marketing, all of which provided an excellent business foundation and enabled him to impact over $100 million in incremental contribution during his tenure with the brand.

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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CBS’s Hit Series “Undercover Boss” Takes Moe’s President Paul Damico through Journey inside Franchise Operations

New Episode of Emmy Award-Winning CBS Reality Series to be broadcast Friday, Jan. 18 

ATLANTA – Jan. 8, 2012 – Foodservice industry veteran and President of Moe’s Southwest Grill®, Paul Damico, will have his personal and professional journey spotlighted this week on the hit CBS series “Undercover Boss.” The show airs Friday, January 18 (8pm/7c) on the CBS Television Network.  

“It’s not every day you’re given the opportunity to take an inside look at your business without any filters. I wanted a chance to see why Moe’s is standing out in the marketplace and what we can improve on as a leader in the fast casual restaurant industry,” said Damico. “I walked away from this experience extraordinarily proud of our crew members and the operations team throughout our restaurant organization.”

Damico’s decision to participate in “Undercover Boss” comes as Moe’s, the fast-growing restaurant franchise best known for its flavorful southwest fare and fun and engaging brand culture, is experiencing tremendous growth and fine-tuning operations to ensure long-term success of the brand, which was established in 2000. Damico was named president of Moe’s Southwest Grill in 2008 after a long foodservice industry career with companies like SSP America, FoodBrand, LLC, and Host Marriott Service Corporation, all industry leaders in the restaurant business.

He and other Moe’s leaders will take what Damico learned and continue to build on the experience. Jobs Damico participated in during the show include food preparation with a shift supervisor, working the register with a general manager, going on sales calls with a catering director and rolling burritos with a line cook.

Each week, the Emmy Award-winning “Undercover Boss,” in its fourth season, follows a different executive as they leave the comfort of their corner office for an undercover mission to examine the inner workings of their companies. While working alongside their employees, they see the effects their decisions have on others, where the problems lie within their organizations and get an up-close look at both the good and the bad while discovering and rewarding the unsung heroes who make their companies run.

Moe’s is part of FOCUS Brands, a restaurant group with a robust international infrastructure that currently supports more than 1,000 locations in more than 60 countries and is poised to support significant international growth for Moe’s Southwest Grill.

Media can access photos from the episode at the following link: http://www.cbspressexpress.com/cbs-entertainment/shows/undercover-boss/photos/?episode=1751