Moe's Southwest Grill

The Power of Mom

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The number of U.S. households with kids under 18 is about 39 million—33 percent of the country—and moms run more than twice as many single-parent households as dads.

Moe's Goes to Costa Rica

Moe’s Southwest Grill, the fast-growing restaurant franchise best known for its flavorful Southwest fare and fun and engaging brand culture, has opened its doors for the first time in Costa Rica.

The restaurant, which began operations in Costa Rica on November 10, 2012, is located at the newly designed Plaza Tempo in Escazu, an influential suburb of the nearby capital, San Jose.

Franchise partner Roberto Ricciardi plans to open five additional Moe’s throughout Costa Rica in the next five years, with the next two already projected to debut in 2013.

Moe's Brings Back The Stack, Intros Two LTO Salsas

Moe’s Southwest Grill restaurants are bringing the Stack back as a permanent menu category.

The Stack is two crunchy corn tortillas wrapped inside a grilled flour tortilla, stuffed with seasoned beans, shredded cheese, fresh pico de gallo, and Moe’s Famous Queso. It can be ordered as the “Wrong Doug” with the customer’s choice of all-natural chicken, pork, or 100% sirloin steak, and “Julia Gulia”, a meatless vegetarian-friendly option.

The Stack was introduced in 2011 as a limited-time only item and its return is due, in part, to a consumer-generated social campaign.

Moe's Names Three Finalists in Salsa Contest

Moe's Southwest Grill has named the top three Facebook fans whose original salsa recipes have raised the bar this summer, during its first "Raise the Salsa Bar Contest." Tatia Williams of Ladson, South Carolina; Kate Elliott of Muncie, Indiana; and Cheryl Gallowitz of Gainsville, Florida have the chance to have their salsa recipe featured in more than 450 Moe's restaurants nationwide and take home a $1,000 cash prize. Moe's executives will determine the grand prize winner at the end of this month with semifinalists judged on ingredient selection, originality, and ease of preparation. 

The Sauce is the Boss

Quick-serve and fast-casual restaurants are meeting today’s demand for variety head-on, but they’re not just doing it with menu diversification. Some are providing customers with greater selections in the condiments they offer, allowing guests to customize their own meal with expansive condiment bars.

And it’s not just a rote selection they’re offering, either; these are top-notch products, since it seems traditional line-ups of mustard, mayo, ketchup, and ranch dressing simply don’t, well, cut the mustard anymore.

Moe's Checks In With Fans With New Social Promotion

Being the mayor of your favorite restaurant is cool, but being a Rock God is epic. Moe’s Southwest Grill’s new Check-In Club rewards fans for checking in across social platforms and locations.

Here is how it works: Fans can register at, connect their Facebook and/or Foursquare account, check in every time they visit any Moe’s location, and begin earning prizes.

Moe's Set to Open 25 Units in Midwest

“Welcome to Moe’s!” will soon be heard throughout St. Joseph, Michigan, when Moe’s Southwest Grill opens at 3260 Niles Rd. on Thursday, August 16.

The new restaurant marks the first of 25 new locations that local restaurateur Joyce Lunsford, owner of Trigo Hospitality, will open throughout the Midwest. Moe’s Southwest Grill serves fresh made-to-order burritos and Southwestern fare in a fun and laidback environment.

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