Pollo Tropical® Opens Newest Franchised Restaurant in Trinidad & Tobago

MIAMI - August 30, 2013 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Pollo Tropical®, the Caribbean-inspired restaurant brand based in Miami, has opened its newest restaurant in Trinidad & Tobago, representing the brand’s 36th international franchised restaurant.

The newest Pollo Tropical is the second on the island of Trinidad, and is located near Port-of-Spain in the Trincity Shopping Center, which is the largest mall in Trinidad & Tobago – featuring more than 150 middle-to-high end retail outlets, a multi-cinema, multiple restaurants and a food court.

The Trincity Shopping Center is projected to become the largest mall in the English-speaking Caribbean, according to its developer Premier Malls.

The new Pollo Tropical features the brand's signature flame-grilled marinated chicken, as well as roast pork, guava barbecue ribs and made-from-scratch side dishes.

Unique Trinidadian sauces became part of the local Pollo Tropical menu when the brand was launched with the opening of the first Trinidad & Tobago restaurant in Port of Spain in 2010. These sauces include Trinidadian favorites such as "Chadon Beni" hot sauce and sizzling hot "pepper sauce" to complement the brand's signature sauces and salsas. Both Trinidad & Tobago Pollo Tropical restaurants are owned and operated by Quick Service Restaurants Limited.

"This is the sixth international restaurant we have opened this year, making this our most active year yet for international growth,” said Marc Mushkin, Senior Vice President of International Development for Pollo Tropical. “We anticipate more Pollo Tropical locations opening in this market in 2014, and beyond."

About Pollo Tropical

Pollo Tropical, a subsidiary of Fiesta Restaurant Group®, Inc., owns and operates 100 locations in the United States (Florida, Georgia and Tennessee) and has four licensed restaurants located on college campuses in Florida. The company has 36 international franchised locations in Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, India, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago, and Venezuela and has development agreements in place for additional franchised restaurants 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. 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 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:

For Pollo Tropical

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

Ashley Wojnar
305-671-1249
awojnar@pollotropical.com

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