Del Taco

QSR Drive-Thru Performance Study

How does your brand stack up to the seven best drive-thru chains in the nation?

It’s true that different brands excel at different things, be it in the area of nutritional offerings, customer service, or speed.

It’s true, too, with drive-thru service; some brands perform better than the rest. And this year the QSR Drive-Thru Performance Study focuses on seven brands as a benchmark group that have consistently, year after year, risen to the top of the heap in drive-thru performance.

Drive-thru performance was first studied in 1998 to gauge the speed and accuracy of fast feeders and encourage the industry to improve its service. And improve it did:

New Del Taco LTO Throws Back to Mexican Tradition

Shredded Pork Carnitas is available now for a limited time at Del Taco, offering fans the savory taste of tender, slow-braised pork that is simmered in small batch kettles as found in the cooking methods of the traditional Mexican kitchen.

Shredded Pork Carnitas menu items include Carnitas Combo Burrito, Carnitas Taco al Carbon, and Carnitas Macho Nachos, as a la carte items and meals.

Del Taco Keeps Growing in Colorado

In the past six months, Del Taco has doubled its number of restaurants in Colorado Springs. On August 25 at 11 a.m., the fourth Colorado Springs Del Taco will open at 8020 N. Academy Drive.

The new restaurant is owned by franchisee Mountain Del LLC, which also owns and operates the other three Colorado Springs locations as well as Del Taco restaurants in Denver.

"Consumers in Colorado Springs are hungry for the food and value that Del Taco serves up every day, and we are thrilled to open our fourth restaurant in this community," says Rod Carstensen, franchise owner.

Del Taco to Upgrade Stores with New Design, Salsa Bar

Del Taco’s long-time customers are well aware of the quick-service chain’s value, freshness, and food preparation, from its grilled chicken to freshly made beans.

Now, the Lake Forest, California-based restaurant chain is spelling out those attributes as part of the company’s new prototype store designs and updated logo.

The updated stores feature brighter colors, salsa bars, along with short statement signs inside and outside the restaurant that extol the chain’s emphasis on freshness, such “Chicken Grilled Here” and “Beans Slow Cooked Here.”

Del Taco Debuts New Stores, Logo

Del Taco has a new logo and is testing a new restaurant prototype.  

After months of research, both are making their first appearance together at new locations in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, as well as Irving and McKinney, Texas.

The company’s new logo will be phased in through marketing and advertising efforts beginning in Q4 while the new store prototype will be evaluated and refined over the next few quarters.

New Face at Top of Del Taco's Franchise Team

Michael Vogel has been named vice president of franchise sales for Del Taco, effective immediately.  In his new role, Vogel oversees franchise sales and market planning for the nation’s No. 2 Mexican quick-serve chain.

Reporting to Del Taco's chief development officer Jim Lyons, Vogel directs a team responsible for franchise recruitment, development, market planning, and meeting the company's goals for new franchise restaurant openings.

Ultimate Chicken Burrito Debuts at Del Taco

Fans of Del Taco’s fresh-cooked, grilled marinated chicken will find a special treat—times eight—in the new Ultimate Grilled Chicken Burrito, which is making its debut.

Ingredients include grilled chicken that has been marinated in a special recipe of spices and seasonings, zesty red sauce, seasoned rice, crisp lettuce, freshly grated cheddar cheese, fresh tomatoes, cool sour cream, and tangy guacamole all wrapped in a warm flour tortilla.

Del Taco Signs Up for Big Utah Expansion

Del Taco announced a major growth initiative for Utah with the signing of a development agreement with franchisees Paul and Jane Hitzelberger of Utah Del, which will result in the addition of 13 new Del Taco locations in the state that already has 24 locations.

"Utah is a critical and growing market for Del Taco," says Jim Lyons, COO, franchising and chief development officer at Del Taco. "Our franchise partners Paul and Jane Hitzelberger are among the best in the business, and these growth plans will continue to bring Del Taco's great tasting food to more communities."