LAKE FOREST, CA - (Marketwired - Aug 20, 2013) - Setting the stage for its latest growth surge, seven new franchise groups have committed to developing 39 new Del Taco restaurants across the country, including Central California, Colorado, Georgia, New Mexico, South Carolina and Texas. Simultaneously, the company has announced five new markets for multi-unit development and a search for new franchise partners.
The news comes as Del Taco continues its ambitious growth beyond its Southern California roots to new markets to the East with new franchisees as well as new company restaurants.
"We welcome our new partners to the Del Taco family," said Paul Murphy, CEO of Del Taco. "Clearly, they recognize the opportunity Del Taco provides to those who want to combine their professional strengths and experience with a brand that can deliver."
The new restaurants will be developed over the next 10 years along with other commitments by franchisees that are already in place and new corporate restaurants. The first ever Del Taco restaurant in Alabama opened earlier this year. The next new market to open will be in Oklahoma, which is scheduled for the end of 2013.
The new markets where Del Taco is looking to develop multi-units and add new franchise partners include Seattle/Portland (60 restaurants), Houston/San Antonio (65 restaurants), Southern Georgia (Macon/Augusta/Savannah, 22 restaurants), Tampa/St. Petersburg (44 restaurants), and Charleston, S.C. (9 restaurants).
At Del Taco, all menu items are prepared to order using fresh ingredients including cheddar cheese grated from 40-pound blocks, hand-made pico de gallo salsa, lard-free beans slow cooked from scratch and marinated chicken grilled in the restaurant. The menu includes Mexican offerings of tacos, burritos, quesadillas and nachos as well as American favorites like hamburgers, crinkle-cut fries and shakes. Del Taco also serves breakfast featuring a full line of breakfast burritos.
Del Taco, one of the nation's largest Mexican quick-serve chains, has more than 550 restaurants in 18 states.