The limited-service restaurant industry is cashing in on diners’ New Year’s resolutions for healthy eating in a big way. At bagel concept Einstein Bros. Bagels, for example, January 1 marked renewed focus on the brand’s Smart Choices menu, which boasts a selection of better-for-you alternatives with less than 350 calories and 15 grams of fat.
Del Taco introduces Turkey Tacos, making the company one of the first Mexican fast food chains to offer ground turkey as a protein option. Del Taco’s Turkey Tacos feature lean, seasoned ground turkey that has 33 percent less fat than its seasoned beef yet offers the same flavor. Each Turkey Taco has only 150 calories. Del Taco is also offering a Turkey CrunchTada Tostada, an extension of the company’s popular CrunchTada product line.
Del Taco announced the launch of its new Epic Burritos. Created to expand the choices for guests, the new burritos range from 14 to 18.5 ounces in weight and are priced from $4.99. Del Taco is celebrating the launch by offering a free medium drink to guests who purchase an Epic Burrito between November 11 and 20 at participating locations.
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Continuing its march across Texas, Del Taco announced the opening of its first of 25 locations planned for San Antonio.
The new San Antonio restaurant will open on Wednesday, September 4.
The new Del Taco features a 70-seat dining room, a salsa bar, and a drive thru that will be open 24 hours. This restaurant will serve breakfast from 11p.m. to 11 a.m. and will offer free WiFi in the dining room.
Del Taco is bringing back its Free Wednesdays promotion. Between 3 and 9 p.m., guests will receive an item of their choice from the Buck & Under Menu free with any purchase.
This offer will be available on August 28, September 4, and September 11 at participating Del Taco restaurants.
Setting the stage for its latest growth surge, Del Taco now has seven new franchise groups committed to developing 39 new restaurants across the country, including in Central California, Colorado, Georgia, New Mexico, South Carolina, and Texas. Simultaneously, the company announced five new markets for multiunit development and a search for new franchise partners.
The news comes as Del Taco continues its ambitious growth beyond its Southern California roots to new markets to the East with new franchisees as well as new company restaurants.
Larry Blumberg and Associates (LBA), a company providing comprehensive real estate and business services for hospitality and restaurant groups, has named Barry Barnhart as vice president, restaurant operations, a new company position.
Barnhart has been in the restaurant business for 43 years. He comes to LBA from Del Taco’s corporate office in Lake Forest, California, where he served with distinction as vice president of franchise operations.
As Del Taco rolls out changes to their restaurants, the new Buck & Under and New Tastes menus continue to generate positive consumer buzz. The new menus made their system-wide debut with the overall brand relaunch on April 24.