Moe’s Southwest Grill Donates $100,000 to JDRF

Fast-Casual Mexican Concept Helping to Find Cure for Type 1 Diabetes 

Atlanta, GA (March 5, 2012) – As part of an ongoing commitment to their charitable partner, Moe’s Southwest Grill, the fast-casual Mexican restaurant known for their southwest fare and engaging atmosphere, recently donated $100,000 to JDRF, whose mission is to find a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D) and its complications through the support of research.

Over the past year, Moe’s Southwest Grill has partnered with JDRF to raise money on both a national and local level through franchise partner participation. As the leading charitable funder and advocate of T1D research worldwide, JDRF has awarded more than $1.6 billion to diabetes research since its founding in 1970, and is dedicated to curing, treating and preventing the disease and its complications.

By donating a portion of ‘Make it a Meal’ purchases, Moe’s was able to raise $100,000 nationally. In addition to monetary donations all year, Moe’s changed its iconic yellow cups to red and added messaging about JDRF’s mission and the partnership.

Complimenting the national push, several franchise partners locally hosted fundraising events, donated food and sponsored walks. In addition, Moe’s corporate associates formed a team for the Walk to Cure Diabetes in Atlanta on behalf of Nick Ronn, a high school lacrosse player who lives with T1D. With this single walk, Moe’s raised more than $12,500.

Paul Damico, president of Moe’s Southwest Grill, presented a check for $100,000 to Carl Marks, JDRF Florida’s regional director, during halftime of the 2012 Moe’s Southwest Grill Sunshine Classic lacrosse tournament in Jacksonville, FL.

“We are thrilled to be a part of such an amazing foundation and are happy to help in any way possible,” said Damico. “Our franchise partners really went above and beyond with their local JDRF chapters. It’s a humbling experience to know that our efforts are going to help further the funding of the critical research needed for type 1 diabetes.”

To find out more about the fight against diabetes, visit www.moes.com or www.jdrf.org.

Moe’s Southwest Grill to Open 50 Restaurants in Russia

Fast-Casual Concept Signs Agreement, First Location Set for Moscow 

Atlanta, GA (February 21, 2012) – Moe’s Southwest Grill, the fast-growing restaurant franchise best known for its flavorful southwest fare and distinct brand culture, has signed a substantial international deal that will bring its restaurants into Russia for the first time. Glaventer Investments, LTD will open 50 Moe’s locations in Russia over the next ten years, the first of which is scheduled to open in Moscow this year.

“I’m confident that Moe’s will thrive in Russia,” said Paul Damico, President of Moe’s Southwest Grill. “Especially after research through Aurelian Global Holdings revealed a great opportunity for consistent growth over the next ten years in the Russian fast-casual segment.”

With the new deal, Moe’s Southwest Grill will have 50 new locations to add to its burgeoning international resume by the early 2020s. These new restaurants will help boost the local economies by adding an additional 1,000 jobs into the market. In addition, Moe’s parent company FOCUS Brands, the franchisor and operator of 3,300 Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Auntie Annes® Pretzels and Schlotzsky’s® locations, has a robust international infrastructure that currently supports more than 820 locations in 53 countries, and is poised to support significant international growth for Moe’s.

With the addition of locations in Russia, Moe’s will continue expanding overseas since their first international deal signed in 2011 for 40 restaurants in Turkey. Aurelian Global Holdings, a diversified financial services boutique based inNew York City, was the exclusive advisor on the Russian transaction.