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Fiesta Restaurant Group Announces Appointment of New Chief Information Officer


Ryan Nowlin formerly served as vice president of information

Fiesta Restaurant Group (NASDAQ:FRGI), the parent company of the Taco
Cabana and Pollo Tropical brands, has promoted Ryan Nowlin to the newly
created position of chief information officer, effective December 19.

Nowlin, who was vice president of information technology since September
2012, will be responsible for all IT information systems and programs in
alignment with the company's goals.

"Ryan Nowlin has been instrumental in the successful development and
execution of a number of programs, including new digital menu platforms
and off-site consumption strategies, and, more notably, with helping
transform the Taco Cabana and Pollo Tropical brands," said Richard
Stockinger, president and CEO of Fiesta Restaurant Group. "By creating
this new position of chief information officer, we will ensure that
technology continues to be an integral part of our overall strategy for
brand renewal and growth as we head into 2018."

In his former position as vice president of information technology,
Nowlin developed and executed a multi-year technology plan that resulted
in a cost-effective and secure infrastructure while leading brand
initiatives to build customer engagement, drive sales/transaction growth
and support expansion of 40 new restaurants per year. He also partnered
with Marketing to create an integrated digital strategy that resulted in
dynamic new websites, an integrated customer marketing database (CRM)
with 650K active opt-in email/SMS subscribers, a social media presence
and brand loyalty programs.

Nowlin graduated with a bachelor's degree in information technology from
the University of Phoenix in 2004 and a MBA from Southern Methodist
University in 2006.

About Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc.

Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc., owns, operates and franchises Pollo
Tropical and Taco Cabana® restaurant brands. The brands
specialize in the operation of fast casual/quick service, ethnic
restaurants that offer distinct and unique flavors with broad appeal at
a compelling value. The brands feature fresh-made cooking, drive-thru
service and catering. For more information about Fiesta Restaurant
Group, Inc., visit the corporate website at

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