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Del Taco Partners with New Multi-Brand Investors

Del Taco continues to grow its footprint in the QSR+ space with existing and new franchisees. Strengthening its presence in San Diego, the brand recently announced its partnership with SoCal Food Group, an Irvine-based operating team led by Amer Boukai.

As multi-brand operators with extensive food operations and real estate experience, the SoCal Food Group’s commitment includes plans to develop 21 California sites over the next seven years, at least 16 of which will be in San Diego County. This new development agreement comes concurrent with the SoCal Food Group’s purchase of the 10 existing company-operating restaurants in San Diego.

“With the brand’s push toward digital innovation in place, coupled with our industry knowledge, this agreement is a strategic move that will benefit everyone involved,” said Boukai. “We’re thrilled to contribute to the company’s obvious momentum by stimulating operations in our home market. There’s tremendous growth potential for us across the region, and we’re looking forward to elevating the customer experience in a market with a loyal fan base.”

Developing rapidly since its inception in 1992, The SoCal Food Group has made a name for itself in the quick-service restaurant industry. The team currently operates 50 restaurants throughout Southern California across two other QSR concepts.

Del Taco offers its guests a unique variety of both Mexican and American favorites, such as tacos, burritos, burgers and fries, prepared fresh daily in the restaurant. Each meal is prepared to order with quality ingredients made in the restaurant like fresh grilled chicken and carne asada steak, hand-sliced avocado, hand-grated cheddar cheese, slow-cooked beans and a fan favorite—creamy Queso Blanco.

Staying ahead of the competition, Del Taco recently became the go-to option for vegans, vegetarians and those yearning for alternative protein sources. To replace red meat without sacrificing flavor, the brand’s Beyond Tacos line appeals to consumers’ growing demand for plant-based products.

Del Taco’s franchising business model, made up of strong operations consulting, management training programs and marketing support is based on mutual partnership and is designed to attract individuals or groups with a strong business acumen, experience in the restaurant industry and an interest in multi-unit franchising. The brand’s unique QSR+ positioning within the rapidly growing Mexican quick-service segment presents great growth potential for experienced multi-unit operators looking to diversify their portfolios with a brand consistently on the forefront of delivering industry leading results.

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