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Del Taco

Capital Required $500,000
Number of units 547


About Us

Del Taco Restaurants Inc. (NASDAQ: TACO), first opened its doors in 1964 serving freshly prepared Mexican and American favorites. With high quality ingredients such as fresh sliced avocado, freshly grated cheddar cheese, hand-made salsa, slow cooked lard-free beans and carne asada freshly-grilled in house, Del Taco is committed to serving quality, fresh, and delicious food at a great value.

Today, Del Taco is the second largest quick-service restaurant concept in the Mexican category with nearly 550 restaurants in 16 states. In June of 2015, Del Taco was acquired by Levy Acquisition Corp. and began being traded on the NASDAQ with the ticker symbol of TACO. This transition into a public company poises Del Taco Restaurants Inc. for tremendous growth as a strong national competitor and a continued leader in the QSR+ space.

Are you looking to combine your professional strengths and experience with a brand that can deliver? Del Taco offers the opportunity to grow your business to the size you desire. Our leadership team, brand legacy and business model combine to help you achieve your business goals.

An Unbelievable Franchise Opportunity!

The MQSR category is one of the fastest growing industry segments, and Del Taco attracts a broad customer base across age groups, income levels and demographics, by providing popular Mexican menu items such as tacos, burritos and quesadillas with American favorites like hamburgers, crinkle cut fries and shakes.

What sets Del Taco apart from the competition is that the brand delivers fresh, quality food on

par with the Fast Casual segment but served at the speed and price of a Quick Service Restaurant. Consumers gravitate to “better” quick-service restaurants, which has transformed the industry and has created a subset of “QSR-Plus”

By offering a Buck and Under Menu with an unmatched variety of items that start as low as 59 cents, Del Taco was named “Best Value for Your Money” by the nation’s leading consumer review publication. Del Taco has also seen sales growth through the introduction of more premium menu options and healthier items, such as the addition of fresh sliced avocado and handcrafted Ensaladas.

With a menu featuring made-to-order items made with fresh ingredients, an unbeatable Buck and Under value menu and a focus on product innovation, Del Taco successfully meets guests’ evolving tastes and demands for quality food served at a great value.

As one of the nation's leading QSR brands within the Mexican segment, Del Taco's potential for growth is tremendous. Our average unit volumes rank among the highest within the Mexican food segment of the quick serve industry. When Del Taco expands into new markets, it is remarkable how many consumers are familiar with the brand, know the menu and remember the last time they ate at Del Taco. It’s no surprise Del Taco outperforms competitors. As you contemplate your potential business venture, take advantage of this opportunity to leverage the Del Taco Brand, smart systems and history of success.

Growth of Epic Proportions

With over 50 years of proven success, Del Taco is growing its franchise and company-owned restaurant presence and continues to operate more than half of the system's restaurants, which provides the brand with a true understanding of the restaurant business model and sutable locations. Backed by a strong Franchise Development team, Del Taco is aggressively seeking qualified franchisees to grow in existing and new markets across the country.

With an experienced, trusted leadership team and a proven business model that sets up our franchisees for success, Del Taco is prepared to combine your passion and expertise with a brand on the move. With a Del Taco expanding rapidly across the country and offering exclusive development territories available throughout the U.S. for qualified candidates, the time is now to contact Del Taco to discuss your area of interest.

Reasons to Invest

It's the perfect time for your next bold business opportunity, and Del Taco is focused on providing an UnBelievable franchise for you. As one of the nation's leading Mexican QSR brands with a nearly 50 year history, it is aggressively expanding across the US and seeking experienced multi-unit restaurant operators.

  • Average unit sales of $1,376,633 million and 28.4% operating profit of $390,935*
  • +6.4% YOY comparable restaurant sales growth
  • Competitive average food & paper costs of 28.6%
  • Positioned for growth with a compelling QSR+ Proposition: Quick Service Value + Fast Casual Quality
  • Leader in the growing Mexican Quick Service Category
  • Menu of venues for flexible real estate development
  • Extensive training and support along with appealing and effective marketing programs
  • Experienced, trusted leadership team and strong company financials
  • Broad consumer base appeal with innovative, fresh menu offerings at a great value
  • Strong, proven operations and marketing support for nearly 550 restaurants in 16 states
  • Corporate store ownership and development means we have “skin in the game” and understand what’s important to our franchise partners – bottom line profits, not just top line sales!
  • Innovative multi-platform marketing campaigns that speak to today’s consumers
  • Exclusive development territories available across the country**
  • Incentive programs available for new market development, veterans and minorities

* As reported in Item 19 of the 2016 Del Taco, LLC FDD. This reflects the average sales and operating figures of all freestanding company-operated Del Taco restaurants for the 52 weeks ended December 29, 2015 and that we have operated for at least one year. Of the 281 restaurants 143 (51%) had sales in excess of the $1,376,622 average. Operating profit stated is before rent and real estate taxes. A new franchisee's results may differ from the reported figures.

** See FDD for details.

Training and Support

Our leadership team, brand legacy and proven business model offer our franchisees the personal support, systems and resources needed to help establish manage and grow their business. From referring financing sources, site selection assistance and construction oversight to extensive hands-on management and crew training, new store opening support and robust marketing materials, our assistance doesn’t end when you open your doors. Our professional and experience support team also provides:

  • New store opening and regional field trainers to open your restaurant strong
  • Ongoing management/crew training and interactive on-line manuals to support your operations
  • Dedicated franchise business consultant provides operations and financial coaching and is your key point of contact
  • State-of-the-art POS systems to help franchisees track business indicators
  • 24-hour technical support help desk and customer comment line
  • Restaurant Audit team protects brand standards and gives hands on coaching & guidance
  • Dedicated field marketing manager and local store marketing toolbox, including community-based programs, provide assistance in growing your business
  • Procurement & Distribution team ensures brand protection, food safety, continuous availability of ingredients, and the benefits of our systems negotiated pricing.

Strong Franchisee Relationships

At Del Taco, franchisee success is very important. By employing a methodical approach to operations that includes ongoing menu innovation, value pricing and marketing support at a local level, franchisees can expect to be armed with all the tools they need for business success. Our operations philosophy is: ONE TEAM, ONE VOICE, TRUSTED PARTNERS!


“Del Taco is the ultimate partner, providing franchisees with tools for success. With Del Taco’s ongoing menu innovation and value, franchisees can be confident in their investment, knowing that the company has their best interest at heart.” – Paul Hitzelberger, 28-Unit Owner/Operator in Utah

“It’s one of the best and most rewarding business decisions I’ve ever made.” – Brent Veach, 31-Unit Owner/Operator in Arizona and Colorado

“The Del Taco leadership team is terrific. You won’t find a better group of people running a restaurant company in the U.S.; there’s no doubt in my mind.” – Sam Anabi, 8-Unit Owner/Operator in California

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