Moe's Southwest Grill

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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Moe’s, FOCUS Brands to Explore Nontraditional Venues

Customers line up at the new Moe's Southwest Grill unit at the Angola Travel Plaza in New York.

Move over, Main Street. Moe’s Southwest Grill and sister FOCUS Brands concepts—including Auntie Anne’s, Cinnabon, and Carvel Ice Cream—are taking the path less traveled with a strategic growth plan that involves building units in nontraditional venues like train stations, convenience stores, college campuses, and military bases.

The new locations will give FOCUS Brands concepts access to the masses in ways that traditional real estate settings can’t, says Paul Damico, president of Moe’s Southwest Grill.

Moe’s Inks Deal for 25 Stores in D.C. Metro Area

Moe’s Southwest Grill has signed a deal that will bring an additional 25 restaurants to the Washington, D.C., metro area over the next six years.

Leading the growth will be three existing Moe’s franchise partners–Brad Chasteen, Steve Taylor, and Frank Maresca–who will oversee the surge of Moe’s locations in Washington under the trio’s newly formed entity, Guac N’ Roll.

A Bright Idea

America is sweet on citrus—even the sour varieties.

Restaurant operators and chefs are increasingly using
oranges, lemons, limes, and other citrus items to liven up their menus with a fresh taste.

If there’s one word that seems to sum up citrus’ taste profile, it’s bright.

“Citrus is incredibly popular because it is so aromatic and has those bright and fresh notes,” says Kevan Vetter, executive chef and manager of culinary product development for seasoning giant McCormick & Co. “It really gives you a pop.”

Focus Brands Appoints SVP of Business Development

FOCUS Brands announced today it has named Chad Scales as senior vice president of business development. In this newly created role, Chad’s primary responsibility will be to develop new lines of business, including product creation, manufacture, and sales for Carvel Ice Cream, Cinnabon, Schlotzsky’s, Moe’s Southwest Grill, and Auntie Anne’s Pretzels.