Pollo Tropical® Opens Its 93rd Company-Owned Location in Fort Myers, Florida

Gulf Coast Town Center Location marks the Brand’s Fourth Location in Southwest Florida

MIAMI - March 22, 2013 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Pollo Tropical® recently opened its 93rd company-owned location in Fort Myers, Florida at the Gulf Coast Town Center, to much Florida fanfare! Pollo Tropical is a Caribbean-themed quick-casual restaurant, famous for its marinated flame-grilled chicken, guava barbecue riblets, roast pork and many more Caribbean-inspired favorites.

To celebrate its Fort Myers arrival, Pollo Tropical hosted a free Taste of the Tropics Beach Party.

Festivities began early in the morning, as the first 100 customers in line were entered to win free Pollo Tropical Chicken for a Year. Additionally, each of the first 100 customers received certificates good for a Create Your Own Family Meal on their next visit.

“Fort Myers is a natural compliment for our Pollo Tropical brand presence in Southwest Florida,” said Danny Meisenheimer, Chief Operating Officer of Pollo Tropical. “We look forward to serving loyal fans of Pollo Tropical there as well as new customers for years to come.”

The Fort Myers Pollo Tropical location is open seven days a week, from 10:30 a.m. to Midnight, serving the ever-popular Pollo Tropical marinated, flame-grilled chicken, roast pork, made-from-scratch side dishes and much more. The restaurant also offers beer, wine, sangria, free limited table service, complimentary Wi-Fi and much more. Customers can dine in, take out or use the restaurant’s convenient “Pollo on the Go” drive thru. For more information, visit www.pollotropical.com.

About Pollo Tropical

Pollo Tropical, a part of Fiesta Restaurant Group® (NASDAQ: FRGI), owns and operates 93 locations in the United States (Florida, Georgia and Tennessee) plus four licensed units located on college campuses in Florida. The company has 32 international franchised locations in Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Ecuador, Honduras, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela and Costa Rica and has agreements in place for additional franchised units in Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Guatemala and N. India. The first Pollo Tropical restaurant opened in 1988 in Miami, Florida. The unique restaurant concept is known for its fresh, never frozen, open-flame grilled chicken, marinated in a proprietary blend of tropical fruit juices and spices, as well as authentic "made from scratch" side dishes. For more information on Pollo Tropical, including menu items and nutritional information as well as information about international franchising, visit online at www.pollotropical.com.

About Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc.

Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. owns and operates the Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana® restaurant brands with 254 company-owned and operated restaurants and 44 franchised restaurants in the U.S., Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Trinidad and Venezuela. Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. also has agreements for future development of franchised Pollo Tropical restaurants in Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Panama, Tobago and N. India. The brands specialize in the operation of fast-casual, ethnic restaurants that offer distinct and unique flavors with broad appeal at a compelling value. Both brands feature made-from-scratch cooking, fresh salsa bars, and drive-thru service and catering. Fiesta common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol FRGI. For more information about Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc., visit the company's website at www.frgi.com.

Contacts:

Pollo Tropical

Jack Wolfe
786-326-6763
jack@impactmiami.com

Ashley Wojnar
05-671-1249
awojnar@pollotropical.com

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