Corner Bakery Cafe Capitalizes on Home State Advantage with Aggressive Franchise and Company Unit Expansion

New South Texas Deal for Seven Locations Brings Planned Franchise Cafes to 45 in State

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dallas-based Corner Bakery Cafe today announced its most recent franchise deal to bring seven new locations to the South Texas region in less than five years. This new deal with restaurateur Bernardo Castillon brings the total number of planned franchise locations up to 45 in a state that already boasts 23 company-owned and franchised Corner Bakery Cafe locations. Castillon's first cafe will open in McAllen, Texas in 2012, with six additional locations planned for Corpus Christi, Laredo, Brownsville and Harlingen.

"What sold me on Corner Bakery Cafe was a combination of three things: the culinary innovation and ingredient-inspired food, the well-organized operating system, and the top-notch management team"

"What sold me on Corner Bakery Cafe was a combination of three things: the culinary innovation and ingredient-inspired food, the well-organized operating system, and the top-notch management team," said Bernardo Castillon, owner and principal of MX Restaurants and Bakeries, Inc. "Their ability to maintain both food quality and brand image across 121 national locations is quite impressive, and the bakery cafe concept is a perfect fit for my region of Texas that is missing this kind of dining experience. Signing a franchise agreement is like committing to a long-term relationship, and I'm confident this relationship will grow well beyond these first seven cafes."

"Bernardo is a truly great asset to our brand," said John LaBarge, vice president of franchise business at Corner Bakery Cafe. "As a very successful franchisor himself, Bernardo did extensive research into the bakery cafe segment and realized the strong potential for Corner Bakery Cafe in South Texas and the brand's exceptional unit level economics."

Castillon will open his first location in McAllen, Texas in the first half of 2012, with an additional six locations planned to open in four and a half years. Other upcoming franchise openings slated for the state include RKO Bakeries' new Tyler location on October 24, 2011; Whistler Bakeries LLC's two new San Antonio locations in November 2011 and in January 2012; Fairview Capital Management's third Houston location in November 2011 and Bakery Ventures' third location in El Paso in 2012. Additionally, Corner Bakery Cafe has plans to open more company-owned locations in Dallas/Ft. Worth and will be introducing the brand to the Austin market in 2012.

Known for its innovative menu featuring a wide variety of egg scramblers and oatmeals for breakfast, flavorful sandwiches and signature panini, homemade soups, signature salads, fresh baked goods and an extensive catering menu, Corner Bakery Cafe has been delighting guests nationwide with fresh, made-to-order meals in a welcoming and cozy atmosphere for 20 years. Guests can also stay connected with free Wi-Fi while enjoying a bottomless cup of hand-roasted coffee.

From a small bread bakery on a corner in downtown Chicago to a national cornerstone of fast casual dining, Corner Bakery Cafe opened its first location in 1991 and now operates 121 locations across the country.

About Corner Bakery Cafe

Corner Bakery Cafe is a fast casual restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to guests in Atlanta, Chicago, Clifton, N.J., Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, El Paso, Texas, Houston, Jackson, Miss., Los Angeles/Orange County, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Rochester, N.Y., Salt Lake City, San Diego and Washington, D.C. Established in 1991, Corner Bakery Cafe restaurants are owned and operated by CBC Restaurant Corp. with 121 company-owned and franchised locations around the country. Roark Capital Group's June 2011 acquisition of Corner Bakery Cafe has provided further resources and support for the greatly accelerated pace of growth of both company-owned and franchise development. Founded on a philosophy of creating a place for people to relax and gather with family and friends, Corner Bakery Cafe offers a casual atmosphere featuring innovative, seasonal menu options ranging from hot breakfasts and signature panini to handcrafted salads, sandwiches and mouthwatering sweets. Corner Bakery Cafe offers dine-in, to-go and catering service for any occasion. Corner Bakery Cafe delivers a premier bakery cafe experience in the heart of neighborhoods everywhere and gives back to the communities it serves as a Share our Strength "No Kid Hungry" campaign partner, striving to end childhood hunger in America. For more information, visit www.cornerbakerycafe.com, like the Corner Bakery Cafe Facebook page, or follow Corner Bakery Cafe on Twitter @CornerBakery.

About MX Restaurants and Bakeries, Inc.

Owner and principal Bernardo Castillon is a businessman by trade but a foodie at heart. In 1996, with a bit of free time and little knowledge of the restaurant business, his passion for good food led him to open his first Super Salads restaurant in Monterrey, Mexico. In the years that followed, Castillon focused on improving his growing restaurant system, and began franchising the attractive full-service restaurant concept to franchisees outside of Monterrey in 2000. A few years later, Castillon began working on a casual seafood restaurant concept called Cabo Grill. Today, there are 22 company-owned and operated Super Salads and Cabo Grills in Monterrey, Mexico, with an additional 40 franchise locations in more than 23 cities in Mexico. The Corner Bakery Cafe franchise agreement for seven locations in the South Texas region represents Castillon's first state-side restaurant endeavor, and his first location will open in 2012 in McAllen, Texas, where Castillon lives with his wife and three children.

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