Moe's Southwest Grill

Raising Funds and Friends

A 10-year franchisee of Moe’s Southwest Grill, Larry Wilson often turns his job into a party. For the last four years, each of his locations—he runs 12 Moe’s units in central New York and northeastern Pennsylvania, and has six more opening this year—has held monthly fundraisers to benefit local high schools, which not only allows his business to give back to the community, but also helps it make new friends in the process.

Moe’s Cofounder Wins Eight-Year Court Case

Richard W. Story, federal judge for the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Georgia, has ruled in favor of Martin Sprock, the cofounder of Moe's Southwest Grill, and Raving Brands, in a case that raised weighty and viscous allegations. In the lawsuit, originally filed in 2007, 46 Moe's franchisees alleged that the franchisor and Sprock were stealing money through a deceptive kickback scheme connected to its supply chain, with 17 franchisees proceeding to bring their cases to trial.

Putting Some Pop in Soda

Soda sales aren’t exactly bubbling at restaurants these days. In fact, they’ve been declining for years. Despite that, there’s fizz remaining in carbonated beverages as operators look toward craft sodas, new technology, homemade beverages, and creative concoctions to put effervescence into their sparkling libations.

“We’re seeing a lot of craft soda products available in the market, although it’s still very small,” says Joe Pawlak, beverage expert and senior vice president at Chicago market research firm Technomic Inc.

Health and Nutrition: The State of the Industry

It’s an oft-cited statistic: One in four Americans eats at a fast-food establishment each day—that’s nearly 79 million consumers, considering the latest national population data from the U.S. Census Bureau. And depending on one’s definition of “fast food,” that number could edge higher for the broader limited-service restaurant industry, which also includes fast casuals.

Seasoned Professionals

Along the Ohio River Road in Lesage, West Virginia, sits Hillbilly Hot Dogs, a destination stop for locals and tourists alike.

When winter hits, however, Hillbilly’s popular—and wildly distinctive—weenie stand sees a sharp, double-digit decline in revenue, says Sharie Knight, who opened the self-deprecating eatery with her husband, Sonny, in 1999. The sales drop is tough on the business, demanding ownership make some shrewd, strategic decisions to ensure the restaurant meets its annual financial targets.

“You really have to store your nuts,” Knight says.

Moe's Grows South of the Border

“Welcome to Moe’s!” can now be heard on the streets of Guatemala City for the first time. Moe’s Southwest Grill, the Mexican restaurant franchise opened its first location in Guatemala this summer.

Moe’s in Guatemala City is the first of 10 new restaurants to open in Guatemala, El Salvador, and neighboring Central American countries over the next eight years. The demand for southwestern cuisine has been growing in the Central American region since the first Moe’s location opened in Costa Rica in 2012.

Moe's Ups The Ante With New Queso

Moe’s Southwest Grill, the fast-casual restaurant best known for its southwest fare, is building on its Famous Queso with the new Chili Con Queso at more than 550 participating locations for a limited time only. By pairing the queso with ground beef and jalapenos, Moe’s offers a new experience for queso fans. The new twist on the cheese dip will be featured in the Chili Con Queso Burrito, but Moe’s also invites guests to add it to any entrée or order it as a side.

Free Queso Day Returns to Moe's

Free Queso Day is back for the fifth year in a row at participating Moe’s Southwest Grill restaurants on Thursday, September 18. The fun, engaging fast-casual restaurant best known for its made-to-order southwest fare is offering a free six-ounce cup of Moe’s Famous Queso and complementary tortilla chips all day long at more than 550 participating locations, no purchase necessary.

Moe’s Inks 120 New Franchise Deals in First Half of 2014

Moe’s Southwest Grill signed 120 new franchise deals in the first six months of 2014, a record-breaking high for the brand. Moe’s continues its aggressive expansion this year with new restaurants being developed in significant markets, such as Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, Pittsburgh, and Salt Lake City.