Taco Maker to Expand into New York City

August 7th, 2009

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – The Taco Maker (TTM) announced today it has signed an area development agreement to develop the New York City/Manhattan metropolitan areas.

The agreement between The Taco Maker and restaurant and real estate developer, Juan Nunez, is part of an expansive strategy by The Taco Maker to grow the brand globally. At least 40 stores will open over a 10 year period in Manhattan. Of those stores, five to six will be stand-alone restaurants while the rest will be designed to complement an urban landscape setting.

“This agreement is a critical part of our expansion strategy to grow The Taco Maker into a leading worldwide franchise,” said Carlos Budet, President and CEO of The Taco Maker. “Our goal is for the millions of worldwide visitors who come to NYC to experience the truly unique taste of The Taco Maker…and ultimately take a TTM franchise back to their home town or their own nation.”

The Taco Maker, Inc. is the parent company of The Taco Maker restaurant which is currently the largest Mexican quick service restaurant in Puerto Rico and is well known for its high quality and flavorful Mexican food including tacos, burritos, nachos, quesadillas, salads and desserts. The first store in New York is slated to open within six to nine months on the upper east side of Manhattan and will be the first Taco Maker restaurant in New York.

“I can’t tell you what a thrill it is to be working with The Taco Maker to bring this incredible concept to the Big Apple,” said restaurant and real estate developer, Juan Nunez. “There’s no question, with the growth potential of TTM, we have an enormous opportunity to strategically develop the brand and capture a considerable portion of the Mexican QSR segment in New York.”

With over 40 years experience in food service operations, including cooking and kitchen management experience, Juan Nunez has developed several successful restaurants in Manhattan as well as a thriving real estate company that owns properties in New York, Florida, and the Dominican Republic. Playing key executive roles in his development company are his son Llamil Nunez, and his daughter, Gina, who oversee daily operations in his restaurants and real estate business.

“I thank Juan for being a strategic partner in bringing the incredible taste of TTM to New York,” said Budet. “It’s all about quick service in Manhattan…and if you combine that with TTM’s delicious and fresh Mexican cuisine…there’s really no way you can go wrong.”

Taco Maker is one of three concepts under the The Taco Maker, Inc. umbrella, an international franchise system with over 200 units open in the United States, Latin America, and the Far East. TTM’s other two brands include Jake’s Over The Top and Mayan Juice. For more information on The Taco Maker, visit their website at www.tacomaker.com.