Fast-Casual Franchise, Chronic Tacos Breaks into Denver with 12-Unit Deal

Local Entrepreneurs Sign Multi-Unit Franchise Agreement with California-Based Taco Shop Franchise to Bring the Fast-Casual Mexican Concept to Denver

July 15, 2015 // // DENVER – Chronic Tacos will be tempting new taste buds in Colorado with authentic third-generation Mexican recipes in a fast-casual setting. The company recently signed a multi-unit franchise agreement for the state of Colorado which calls for 12 locations over the next five years.

Leading the franchise’s expansion in Colorado are local entrepreneurs Tom King and Tony Kerrigone, who plan to open the first restaurant in September 2015 in the Riverwalk at 275 Main Street in Edwards. The long-time friends are also looking at sites in the Denver Metro area and anticipate opening the two additional restaurants within the next year.

With a long career on Wall Street, King and Kerrigone sought a change in their lifestyle and professional futures. King said, “There is really no other place like Chronic Tacos in the area where locals can get such a wide variety of amazing, authentic Mexican food – especially baja-style fish and shrimp. Tony has been familiar with Chronic Tacos since its early days and was impressed with the founder’s passion and hands-on involvement with their franchise owners. So, when we began considering owning a restaurant franchise, we knew we had to join the Chronic Tacos family.”

Chronic Tacos was founded in 2002 by Randy Wyner, a serial entrepreneur and Newport Beach, Calif. local. After the doors flew open at the first Chronic Tacos in Newport Beach, it wasn’t long before it had become a local sensation with customers flocking not only from Newport Beach, but from nearby cities as well. Soon enough, Chronic Tacos was in a period of rapid growth – spreading up the West Coast and into Canada.

Today, the fast-casual franchise has more than 30 locations in operation and is further expanding throughout the western half of North America with separate multi-unit franchise agreements for three locations in Washington State and two in Phoenix Arizona. Chronic Tacos is also breaking into the East Coast with a multi-unit franchise agreement for four locations in North Carolina. All told, company plans call for more than 10 new locations in 2015.

“Tom and Tony’s passion for the brand is outstanding,” said Michael Mohammed, CEO of Chronic Tacos. “We are confident that this passion will spread enthusiasm and create loyal Chronic Tacos fans throughout the Denver area. Colorado is a pivotal next step in our national growth initiative, as we continue expanding toward the East Coast with great multi-unit franchise partners like Tom and Tony.”

The eclectic Chronic Tacos menu features third generation authentic Mexican recipes and encourages customers to customize their orders. With all fresh, locally-sourced ingredients made in house daily from scratch, each restaurant offers burritos, tostada bowls, tortas, taquitos, flautas, salads and tacos, including a breakfast menu all day. Customers can choose from carne asada (steak), pollo asado (chicken), carnitas (slow-cooked pork), al pastor (spicy marinated pork), and fresh pico de gallo and guacamole. Seafood lovers can also order grilled, beer-battered, or baja-style fish and shrimp. Rounding out the menu, Chronic Tacos offers a variety of Mexican beers, sodas and a popular Mexican favorite, horchata.

For more information about Chronic Tacos and franchising, visit or For details specific to the Chronic Tacos franchise opportunity, contact Randy Wyner at or 949-680-4602

About Chronic Tacos

Founded in 2002, the Chronic Tacos franchise celebrates the uniqueness of every individual through its fresh, made-to-order third generation Mexican cuisine customized for each customer’s distinctive taste. Chronic Tacos offers three different franchise models depending on size and location. Each store incorporates locally inspired street-style art as part of the design, creating a unique experience at each location. For more information about franchise opportunities, visit or contact Randy Wyner at or 949-680-4602.

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