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Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. Appoints Louis DiPietro as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

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Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. ("Fiesta" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: FRGI), parent company of the Pollo Tropical® and Taco Cabana® fast
casual restaurant brands, announced the appointment of Louis DiPietro as
the Company's Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate
Secretary, effective December 17, 2018, replacing Maria Mayer, who has
left the Company.

Fiesta President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Stockinger said,
"The leadership team and I are delighted to have Lou join Fiesta. His
background, experience and accomplishments, especially as the former
Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Panera Bread Company, will
be extremely valuable as we continue to implement our strategic growth
plans. Lou has over a decade of relevant industry experience that I am
confident will serve the company well as we set course for future growth
and build long term shareholder value."

Mr. DiPietro brings with him 22 years of experience and expertise in the
areas of Corporate Governance, SEC rules and regulations, contract
negotiations, mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and restaurant
refranchising. Most recently, Mr. DiPietro served as Senior Vice
President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Panera Bread
Company ("Panera"). During Mr. DiPietro's 12-year career at Panera, he
held several roles of increasing responsibility in the legal department.
Prior to joining Panera, Mr. DiPietro held a variety of legal positions
including General Counsel for Mainspring Communications, a publicly
traded management consulting firm, until it was acquired by IBM. Mr.
DiPietro earned his B.A. and J.D. from Boston College.

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 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 www.frgi.com.

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