Taco Cabana names new leadership team to support growth

           Taco Cabana names new leadership team to support growth

Mexican fast-casual chain promotes from within to name new VP of Operations
and VP of Finance

PR Newswire

SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 1, 2012

SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Taco Cabana, known for its Mexican
patio cafe environment and true flavors of Mexico-inspired menu, announced
today that two members of its leadership team were promoted to key roles
within the company.

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Mark Phillips was promoted to Vice President of Operations and Gerardo Arce
was named Vice President of Finance.

With more than 30 years of restaurant experience, Phillips joined Taco Cabana
in 1995 as a Regional Vice President. Prior to joining the company, he served
as Director of Operations Services for AFC Enterprises, the parent company of
Church's Chicken and Popeye's Chicken and Biscuits. Phillips' restaurant
experience began in 1979 with a Burger King franchise in Knoxville, Tenn. He
later joined the Burger King Corporation in 1982 where he gained experience in
restaurant management, domestic and international operations training
management, company district management and franchise operations management.

Arce joined Taco Cabana in February 2008 as Director of Finance. Before
joining the company, he served as the Director of Accounting and Financial
Planning and Analysis for Masco Contractor Services based in Daytona Beach,
Fla. While at Masco, Arce oversaw mergers and acquisitions, operational
reporting and analysis, financial process improvements and the annual budget
and monthly forecast process. Prior to Masco, he was the Assistant Controller
for Cardinal Health, a pharmaceutical distribution company based out of
Dublin, Ohio.

"If you look at their track record, it's clear why we decided to promote Mark
and Gerardo from within," said Todd Coerver, interim Chief Operating Officer.
"They both bring experience, talent and passion for our brand. We've
architected this leadership team to reflect our balanced approach to the
business – ensuring every move is brand-right, operationally reasonable and
fiscally responsible. As we continue to grow and evolve, I'm thrilled to have
these partners as we guide this company and brand to the next level."

About Taco Cabana:

Taco Cabana is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc.
Taco Cabana restaurants serve fresh, handmade Mexican food, including sizzling
fajitas, quesadillas, hand rolled flautas, enchiladas, burritos, tacos,
fresh-made flour tortillas, a selection of "made from scratch" salsas and
sauces, frozen margaritas and beer. Most menu items are handmade daily in each
restaurant, which feature open display cooking, including fajitas cooking on
an open-flame grill and a machine making fresh tortillas. Taco Cabana
restaurants feature interior, semi-enclosed and patio dining areas, which
provide a vibrant decor and relaxing atmosphere. Additionally, Taco Cabana
restaurants provides its guests the option of take-out, as well as the
convenience of drive-thru windows. Taco Cabana operates 160 company-owned
restaurants, 3 franchised restaurants and 2 licensed restaurants as of Sept.
1, 2012. Become a fan of Taco Cabana on Facebook or follow the company on
Twitter. For more information, visit www.tacocabana.com.

AboutFiesta Restaurant Group, Inc.

Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc.owns, operates and franchises
thePolloTropical® and Taco Cabana® restaurant brands with 250 company-owned
and operated restaurants and 41 franchised restaurants in the U.S.,Puerto
Rico, theBahamas,Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras,Panama,Trinidad & Tobago,
andVenezuelaas ofSeptember 1, 2012. The brands specialize in the operation
of fast-casual, ethnic restaurants that offer distinct and unique flavors with
a broad appeal at a compelling value. Both brands feature made-from-scratch
cooking, fresh salsa bars, and drive-thru service and catering. For more
information aboutFiesta Restaurant Group, Inc.visit our corporate website at
www.frgi.com.



SOURCE Taco Cabana

Website: http://www.tacocabana.com
Contact: T.J. Griffin, BizCom Associates, +1-214-256-4007, tj@bizcompr.com
 
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