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Moe's Southwest Grill Expansion to Create 250 New Jobs in South Florida

Moe's Southwest Grill is expanding its South Florida restaurant count. A new deal will add 10 new restaurants to the Atlanta-based chain, which brings the total to 24 in South Florida.

Franchise partners Darryl Nagao and Jason Heidgerken inked the deal, which will allow them to open ten restaurants throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties over the next six years, creating an estimated 250 new jobs. The first Moe's is scheduled to open in fall 2012. No word yet as to where the restaurants will be located.

Nagao and Heidgerken already have five Moe's restaurants in South Florida; they opened the first three in 2003. After the expansion is complete, the team will have 18 franchise locations in the area. Overall, Moe's Southwest Grill has more than 440 locations in 33 states.

Franchise partner Nagao, a Boca Raton resident, said "the reason the

Moe's brand is growing here is simple: Moe's matches the South Florida

lifestyle. It's quick, fresh, and healthy."

The restaurant features

custom overstuffed burritos and salads made with grass-fed

steak, chicken, and organic tofu.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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