Moe's Southwest Grill

Moe’s On a Mission

Looking at the expansion, renovation, and innovation at Moe’s Southwest Grill over the past year, it’s safe to say that this burrito-based concept is on a mission—a food mission, that is.

“I took the position as a leader of the brand, and I was not going to talk about our steak being grass-fed or our tofu being organic until we could say that 100 percent of the time in 100 percent of our restaurants,” says Paul Damico, who took over as president of Moe’s three years ago.

Moe’s Gets Cheesy with Free Queso Day

On Wednesday, July 20, Moe’s Southwest Grill, the laid-back fast-casual burrito restaurant, is offering a free six ounce cup of Queso to each guest from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m.at participating locations, no strings attached.

Fans know that Moe’s hot, flavorful, melted white cheese dip is the restaurant’s not-so-secret ingredient to making every meal amazingly delicious. That’s why on Free Queso Day, Moe’s encourages its biggest fans to share their love of Queso with their friends and family free of charge.

The Recruitment Revolution

Are young employees still interested in quick service?

Pop culture has not been kind to the quick-service industry.

From the lovable-but-dumb employees in Good Burger to the drug-addled protagonists of Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, the industry is seen as a haven for dimwits, losers, and the vaguely criminal. Thousands of high school teachers threaten low-performing students by asking them, “Do you want to flip burgers for the rest of your life?”

Moe's: Licensing Deals Could Take Brand to New Markets

Moe’s Southwest Grill president Paul Damico says his brand’s recent partnership with BJ’s Wholesale Club won’t be the end of Moe’s licensing efforts. In fact, Damico says he hopes to use licensed products to help the brand enter new markets.

“One of the things I’m trying to do as the leader of the brand is to create brand awareness in markets where we are not,” Damico says. “I thought this was an opportunity for us to get the brand name, the quality of the food, [and] talk about our sustainability, in front of people who are not necessarily familiar with Moe’s.”

Moe's Snags LEED Certification

Moe’s Southwest Grill announced that the location in Williston, Vermont, has been awarded LEED Silver certification, making it the first restaurant in the chain and in the state of Vermont to earn this high honor.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).

6 Tips for Better Store Financing

As president of National Restaurant Development Inc., a board member for the International Franchise Association, and owner of more than 50 quick-serve restaurants, Aziz Hashim is a veteran of the franchise business.

With brands like Popeyes, Checkers/Rally’s, Subway, and Moe’s Southwest Grill under his watch, Hashim has the know-how to obtain the finances needed for developing restaurants.

In today’s post-recession lending market, he explains the creative steps franchisees can take to get the funds they need for development.

Co-Ops on Campus

College campuses have become a hotbed of competition for quick-service brands interested in taking advantage of a young, hungry demographic. Now sustainable food co-ops mean additional competition from a grassroots movement that is trying to shift students’ perceptions of foodservice. 

At the center of this competitive trend is the Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive (CoFed), an organization that offers support services for students across the country who hope to create their own sustainable quick-service options on college campuses. 

Moe's Team Helps One of Their Own

Atlanta-area Moe’s Southwest Grill restaurants are donating 10 percent of proceeds on Saturday, May 28, to Red Hawk Restaurant Group’s Storm Relief Fund to help a Tuscaloosa-based Moe’s general manager get back on his feet.

When a large string of tornados blew through the southeast, Tuscaloosa was among the hardest hit cities.

Moe’s team member, Calvin Smith, lost his home, his wife, and his niece to the devastating storm. Red Hawk Restaurant Group, the local franchise owners, set up a Relief Fund for Calvin to help him rebuild his life.

How to Be a Pro at Quick Service

A new organization is trying to help professional athletes get involved with franchising.

Angelo Crowell is a big man. At 6 feet 1 inch tall and about 250 pounds, you might take the broad-shouldered 29-year-old for a football player.

You probably wouldn’t pin him as the perfect restaurant franchisee.

With the first presumption, you’d be right. Crowell played linebacker in the NFL for the Buffalo Bills, who drafted him in 2003, and later for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is now a free agent who says he keeps himself in game shape in case he gets another opportunity to play.

“I’d rather be ready than not ready,” he says.

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