Industry News | October 23, 2012
Barberitos Gives Breast Cancer Awareness a Boost
On October 1, Barberitos launched its month-long breast cancer awareness campaign, “Barberitos Gives Breast Cancer the Boot.”
On the same day, the downtown Athens, Georgia, location hosted a Throwback for Breast Cancer Event, featuring the original crew from the first Barberitos store in 2000.
Founder and CEO Downing Barber was behind the line rolling burritos with wife and CFO Candace Barber, compliance director Noah Brendel, and downtown Athens store owner Keith Neace.
All of the proceeds from lunch were donated to the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support.
Also, on Thursday, October 4, Barberitos hosted a breast cancer fundraising party at the Barberitos Franchise headquarters in Athens.
The party had free food and drinks, as well as a treat performance from Debris featuring Sunny Ortiz (from Widespread Panic).
Only a week into Breast Cancer Awareness month, Barberitos had raised more than $1,600 for the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support.
Barberitos is a quick-service restaurant offering fresh, Tex-Mex cuisine, including a variety of burritos, tacos, salads, quesadillas, and nachos made to order.
Committed to serving “farm fresh” food, Barberitos serves all-natural vegetables delivered to stores and hand-cut daily. Whole breasts of chicken are grilled fresh, as is the high-quality cuts of steak and choice ground beef.
Barberitos restaurants are not equipped with freezers or microwaves, as all food is prepared fresh, with no fats or preservatives added at the time of preparation.
Barberitos’ salsas, guacamole, hot sauces, meat marinades, and salad dressings are made from scratch each day.
Each menu offering is prepared at the time it is ordered right in front of the customer. Barberitos “7 Under 7” menu features seven items each under 7 grams of fat, including a mini grilled chicken burrito, jerk fish taco, and a variety of salads.
Barberitos provides full-service catering ranging from burrito boxed lunches to taco, salad, nacho, or fajita bars that can be customized to serve a few to several hundred people.
Barberitos has 29 restaurant franchise locations in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Florida.
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