Taco Cabana

NBA Finals Ignite Restaurant Rivalry

The NBA Finals repeat between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs have given two Fiesta Restaurant Group COOs a reason to renew a sibling-restaurant rivalry of their own.

San Antonio-based Taco Cabana COO Todd Coerver and Miami-based Pollo Tropical COO Danny Meisenheimer are wagering that their respective hometown will win the finals. The losing city's COO will have to go to the winner's city and work a busy three-hour lunch shift in a  "superfan" uniform designed by the winning city's home office.

Good Stock

Limited-service companies enjoyed a big year on the stock market in 2013.

Pollo Tropical parent Fiesta Restaurant Group topped quick serve stock prices.
Pollo Tropical parent company Fiesta Restaurant Group was the best performing quick-serve stock last year.

During any given year, a restaurant company that records a 50 percent increase in its stock price could expect to crow pretty loudly about the accomplishment. But even that type of gain wasn’t good enough to crack the top 10 among publicly held limited-service restaurant operators in 2013, as equities market soared.

“It’s been a very good year for the market and for many restaurant companies,” says R.J. Hottovy, a dining industry analyst at Chicago’s investment firm Morningstar. “There were some pockets of weakness, but most restaurant [stock] values have had good gains.”

Taco Cabana Rings In 35 Years By Restoring Original Unit

Thirty-five years ago, Taco Cabana opened its first restaurant in Midtown San Antonio. Soon, that original location will be the center of attention as Taco Cabana celebrates 35 years as the “Original Mexican Patio Café” and the grand re-opening of its newly remodeled first location.  

To commemorate the milestone, Taco Cabana will offer fans its signature bean and cheese taco at a special throwback price.

Taco Cabana Goes Back to The Start With Unit Restoration

Thirty-five years after Taco Cabana introduced its signature patio experience to San Antonio, Texas, the “Original Mexican Patio Café,” located in the historic Monte Vista neighborhood, is beginning a month-long restoration project.

The project will restore the 35-year-old restaurant to the original look and feel of its opening in 1978. The restoration culminates on the brand’s 35th anniversary on September 21 with a special grand reopening fiesta event that will include the family of Taco Cabana’s founder, Felix Stehling. 

Breaking Up Is Not Hard to Do

Sometimes, parting ways can be advantageous.

In May 2012, Fiesta Restaurant Group, owner of fast-casual brands Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana, split from Carrols Restaurant Group, the nation’s largest Burger King franchisee. Fortunately, there were no hard feelings.

“Originally, the idea was that the three companies would be worth more separate than they were together,” says Fiesta Restaurant Group CEO Tim Taft. “Since then, that thesis has been proven correct in light of the stock performance of both companies.”

Taco Cabana Gives Fans Access to March Madness

NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball fans looking for a way to witness the craziness in March firsthand are getting a big assist from Taco Cabana and Sports Radio 1310-AM The Ticket.

The two local icons are teaming up to give one lucky fan a trip for two, including airfare and hotel accommodations, to Austin, Texas, for the third round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament March 22–24. The winner will be announced March 15.

Taco Cabana Hits the Scene in Arlington, Texas

Taco Cabana, the fast-casual chain with a Mexican patio-cafe environment and true flavors of Mexico-inspired menu, opened its newest Arlington restaurant in Texas. This is the first time Taco Cabana has opened one of its newly redesigned concepts in Arlington.

"We're excited to bring another Taco Cabana location to our fans in Arlington," says Todd Coerver, chief operating officer at Taco Cabana. "And the fact that this location will be the first time we're bringing our newly designed restaurant to the area makes this a special occasion for Taco Cabana and our fans."

Shrimp Tampico Now Permanent at Taco Cabana

Taco Cabana has big news for its fans. The Original Mexican Patio Cafe brought back its popular Shrimp Tampico. The seasonal favorite, served as a quesadilla and soft tacos, has been added as a permanent menu item and is now available year-round.

Made daily with shrimp hand-marinated in the TC kitchen, in a mix of ancho chile and spices, Shrimp Tampico is available at all Taco Cabana restaurants as a shrimp taco or quesadilla.