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Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. Appoints Nancy Clark as Chief People Officer

  Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. Appoints Nancy Clark as Chief People Officer

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ADDISON, Texas. -- January 16, 2013

Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. (“Fiesta” or “the Company”) (NASDAQ: FRGI), the
owner, operator, and franchisor of the Pollo Tropical® and Taco Cabana®
fast-casual restaurant brands, announced today that Nancy Clark has joined the
Company as Vice President - Chief People Officer, effective January 10, 2013.

Ms. Clark is a highly-regarded Human Resources business leader with over 15
years of experience at several high profile and diverse organizations,
including J.C. Penney Corporation, PepsiCo, Inc. and General Electric Company.
Most recently, Ms. Clark served as Division Vice President, Human Resources,
Global Supply Chain Operations and International Divisions at J.C. Penney,
where she led the talent strategy for those businesses. Prior to her tenure at
J.C. Penney, her human resources skills were honed in a best practice
environment at PepsiCo, where she held a number of human resources executive
roles of increasing responsibility for its Frito-Lay, Quaker, Tropicana and
Gatorade Divisions.

“We are thrilled to be adding Nancy as the final piece of our executive
management team,” said Tim Taft, Fiesta’s Chief Executive Officer. “Everything
we do is about people and as an organization we aspire to be the employer of
choice. To get there, we must have a leader that will drive that vision. Nancy
is an excellent fit within this team and culture and will be an important part
of our strategic growth plan.”

Ms. Clark offered, “I am delighted to have been added to such a talented
leadership team that Tim has assembled. The Fiesta business model is poised
for great success in the marketplace and I am thrilled to join at such a
critical time to set the people agenda in support of the organization’s growth


Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. owns, operates, and franchises the Pollo
Tropical® and Taco Cabana® restaurant brands with 251 company-owned and
operated restaurants and 43 franchised restaurants in the U.S., Puerto Rico,
the Bahamas, Cost Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago and
Venezuela as of December 31, 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, drive-thru service, and catering. For more
information about Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc., visit our website at

Forward-Looking Statements

Except for the historical information contained in this news release, the
matters addressed are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements,
written, oral or otherwise made, represent Fiesta's expectation or belief
concerning future events. Without limiting the foregoing, these statements are
often identified by the words "may," "might," "believes," "thinks,"
"anticipates," "plans," "expects", "intends" or similar expressions. In
addition, expressions of our strategies, intentions or plans are also
forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect management's current views
with respect to future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties, both
known and unknown. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these
forward-looking statements as there are important factors that could cause
actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements,
many of which are beyond our control. Investors are referred to the full
discussion of risks and uncertainties as included in Fiesta’s filings with the
Securities and Exchange Commission.


Investor Relations:
Raphael Gross, 203-682-8253
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