February 3, 2014

Don Pablos, a 37-location family style Mexican chain based in Georgia, has been acquired by Food Management Partners in San Antonio. Don Pablos is ranked by el Restaurante as the 12th largest family style Mexican multi-unit operator in the United States, and 42nd overall largest Mexican multi-unit operator.

Here is the complete text of the press release announcing the acquisition:

Don Pablo’s is returning to its Texas roots with the acquisition of the brand by Food Management Partners (FMP) from Atlanta-based Rita Restaurant Corporation.

A San Antonio-based restaurant management and development group, Food Management Partners is comprised of partners having more than 60 years of franchise experience, and includes operations across 21 states involving such brands as Buffalo Wild Wings and Zio’s Italian Kitchen. All management functions for Don Pablo’s will be absorbed into the San Antonio corporate office.

“We are very excited about the acquisition of a heritage brand like Don Pablo’s,” says Peter Donbavand, Vice President of Business Development for FMP. “With its history of serving high-quality Tex-Mex cuisine and excellent customer service, Don Pablo’s is the kind of concept we are always on the look out for.”

Don Pablo’s has been serving up “Big Tex, Bold Mex” flavors and attitude for over 20 years to legions of fans. Originally from Lubbock, it is best known for its authentic and flavorful food and signature margaritas. Combine that with fresh flour tortillas made all day long in a traditional tortilla stand, and it’s easy to see why Don Pablo’s has been a favorite place to savor a genuine Tex-Mex dining experience.

“We are confident that our experience as operators will allow us to continue the rich tradition that Don Pablo’s has built over the last 20 or so years,” Donbavand said. “A concept like this fits nicely into our portfolio of restaurants.”

ABOUT FOOD MANAGEMENT PARTNERS

Privately held Food Management Partners is a multi-concept operator of both franchised and independent brands co-founded by three industry veterans in 1999. Currently FMP is one of the largest Buffalo Wild Wings franchisees and owner/operator of the Zio’s Italian Kitchen chain. Previously FMP operated one of the largest Little Caesar’s franchises and was a founding franchisee of Smashburger. With the addition of Don Pablo’s, FMP will operate in 21 states. For more information, contact (210) 403-3725, info@foodmps.com or visit http://www.foodmps.com.

February 3, 2014