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    THE LATEST NEWS

    TO FUEL YOUR FIRE

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    it’s time to
    turn up the heat
    on your business

    Over the past 26 years, our growth has been a strategic slow burn that has created lower build-out costs, fresher ingredients, wider Tex-Mex menu selections, an unmatched hot sauce bar, latest technology, and an awesome guest experience. We aren’t your typical fast casual concept. Our unique model has made us one of the Southeast’s most popular growth concepts since 1995. Now, we are looking to heat things up again by offering franchise opportunities for select operators who are seeking a bold, exciting growth concept with proven returns.

    Tijuana Flats has grown to 130 locations in six very lucky states. We are excited to take “Tex-Mex For All” nationwide.

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    still the hottest category

    Americans love Mexican food, and that love
    affair is only growing stronger each year.

    • The US Mexican restaurant industry is $66.9 billion and growing
    • 22.5% market size growth in 2021
    • 4% annual growth each year since 2016
    • Grug Hub, Door Dash, and UberEATS revealed their 2020 top orders and Tex-Mex dishes made each list
    • The average customer spends between $15 to $20 at a Mexican restaurant

    Source: Industry Stats IBISWorld

    tex-mexdaze

    still the hottest category

    Americans love Mexican food, and that love
    affair is only growing stronger each year.

    • The US Mexican restaurant industry is $66.9 billion and growing
    • 22.5% market size growth in 2021
    • 4% annual growth each year since 2016
    • Grug Hub, Door Dash, and UberEATS revealed their 2020 top orders and Tex-Mex dishes made each list
    • The average customer spends between $15 to $20 at a Mexican restaurant

    Source: Industry Stats IBISWorld

    Average Franchise Unit Volume $1.447M*

    130 Locations in 6 States and Growing

    Top 500 Chain by Restaurant Business 2020

    Southeast’s most popular growth
    concepts since 1995

    Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers 2018

    National Restaurant Association 2018
    Restaurant Neighbor Award

    Ranked #4 in Best Casual Tacos by
    Insider in 2017

    Average Franchise Unit Volume $1.447M*

    130 Locations in 6 States and Growing

    Top 500 Chain by Restaurant Business 2020

    Southeast’s most popular growth
    concepts since 1995

    Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers 2018

    National Restaurant Association 2018
    Restaurant Neighbor Award

    Ranked #4 in Best Casual Tacos by
    Insider in 2017

    *Tijuana Flats FDD 2022

    GRAB THIS

    FRANCHISING
    OPPORTUNITY

    BY THE CHIP AND DIP IT!

    Success relies on having a distinct point of difference over your competition. Tijuana Flats has a clearly defined brand that is hotter then any of our competition. From our cool restaurant design, innovative menu, unmatched hot sauce bar, proprietary kitchen design, latest technology and unique approach to service, we deliver the experience our franchisees and our consumers are craving. All of our hard work and dedication to continue to lead in the industry pays off, delivering category leading financial results.
    radioactive taco manTijuana Flats unveiled our new hi-tech prototype that not only looks good but also boosts efficiency through new design and technology. The design includes 64 seats indoors, plus a patio, but really adds something spicy with features like digital menu boards and digital pickup status boards. The new kitchen kicks it up a notch, redesigning the layout to maximize output.
    We help our franchisees sauce like a boss. We aren’t your typical franchise business. Let us show you some of what makes us the flat-out best franchising opportunity out there.
    Tex mex for all for those
    craving a business that is
    different
    How we’ve built the
    hottest brand
    our new store prototype is a
    recipe for success

    the ideal
    candidate

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    Multi Unit Operations
    Experience
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    Ability to Open
    3+ Locations
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    Enjoys Giving Back
    to the Community
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    Passionate, Upbeat
    and Professional
    owning a flats:
    the numbers
    owning a flats:
    the numbers

    Investment costs vary based on the
    market and site selection.
    THE RANGE IS $490,050-$878,000

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    130 Locations
    in 6 states
    and growing

    Tijuana Flats has grown to 130 locations in six very lucky states.
    We are excited to bring
    “Tex Mex For All” to even more people.

    Over 130 Locations
    in 6 states
    and growing

    Tijuana Flats has grown to 130 restaurants
    Locations in six very lucky states.
    We are excited to bring
    “Tex Mex For All” to even more people.

    Meet our CEO
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    Brian Wright became CEO of Tijuana Flats in March 2019, bringing more than 35 years of experience to the post. Prior to Tijuana Flats, he served as CEO and Board Member of Bertucci’s Italian Restaurant, COO of Au Bon Pain, and President of Chevy’s Restaurants. He is a proven leader in the fast casual space. Brian is making big changes at Tijuana Flats and is leading the way in a return to franchising and pursuing non-traditional site opportunities.
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    We believe in rolling it forward, giving back to our communities. Our Just in Queso Foundation has raised over $4,000,000 and counting to support organizations dedicated to helping people who are in need. Our team members have also donated countless volunteer hours. We give back internally as well through team member scholarships and assistance fund and other in-house initiatives.
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    You have questions?
    We have answers!
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    WHAT IF I DON'T CURRENLTY OWN RESTAURANTS BUT HAVE OPERATIONS EXPERIENCE?
    We are seeking multi-unit operators with existing restaurant operations and the infrastructure to support growth.
    WHAT IS THE UPFRONT INVESTMENT COST FOR A FRANCHISE?
    The franchise fee is $35,000 per unit, with a three-unit commitment. The franchise fee is payable in two parts: half on executing the development agreement and half upon lease execution.
    WHAT ARE YOUR ROYALTY AND MARKETING FEES?
    Royalty and marketing fees are outlined in the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD).
    WHAT IS AN AVERAGE BUILD-OUT COST TO OPEN A TIJUANA FLATS?

    While construction costs vary depending upon market and state, the average start-up cost for a Flats ranges between $490,050-$878,000. Further details and summaries are available in the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD).