The Third Pollo Tropical® Restaurant in Costa Rica Opens in San Jose’s Exclusive Escazú District

MIAMI - July 2, 2013 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Pollo Tropical®, the Caribbean-inspired quick-casual restaurant chain, has opened its 34th internationally franchised location in the Escazú region of the San Jose province of Costa Rica.

The newest Pollo Tropical is a free-standing unit with a drive-thru and is the third of five restaurants expected to be opened by Pollo's Costa Rican franchisee, Chicken Tropical Service SA of Panama.

The Escazú district is an upscale enclave in Costa Rica, with some of the most exclusive shopping and dining in the country. This new location is situated on a principle traffic artery in proximity to Avenida Escazu - a modern outdoor mall with international brands such as Tiffany, Guess, Starbucks and more.

“This is among our most anticipated franchised locations opening this year,” said Marc Mushkin, Senior Vice President of International Development for Pollo Tropical. “Our brand is now the center of attention in what is considered to be one of the most vibrant and desirable commercial and residential real estate areas in Costa Rica.”

About Pollo Tropical

Pollo Tropical, a subsidiary of Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. owns and operates 96 locations in the United States (Florida, Georgia and Tennessee) plus four licensed restaurants located on college campuses in Florida. The company has 34 international franchised locations in Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, India, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela and has development agreements in place for additional franchised units in those areas. Pollo also has development agreements in place for future franchised restaurants in Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, and Guatemala. 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 Pollo’s website at www.pollotropical.com.

About Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc.

Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRGI) owns and operates the Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana® restaurant brands. Fiesta’s 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's 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.

Contact:

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

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