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Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. Announces Resignation of Chief Financial Officer

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Company Commences Formal Search for Replacement

Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. ("Fiesta" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: FRGI), parent company of the Pollo Tropical® and Taco Cabana®
fast-casual restaurant brands, today announced that Lynn Schweinfurth,
Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President, and Treasurer, has
resigned effective January 25, 2019 to pursue another career opportunity.

Cheri Kinder, Vice President, Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting
Officer, will assume the position of Interim Chief Financial Officer and
Treasurer upon the effective date of Ms. Schweinfurth's departure. The
Company has commenced a formal search for a new permanent Chief
Financial Officer.

Fiesta President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Stockinger said,
"On behalf of the entire Company, I would like to thank Lynn for her
many contributions to Fiesta and wish her much success in her new
position. As Interim CFO, I am confident Cheri's leadership will
effectively guide us during the search process."

Lynn Schweinfurth added, "My experience at Fiesta has been tremendous
and I have had the opportunity to work with such a passionate group of
people at these iconic restaurant brands. I will miss the Fiesta team
and I look forward to seeing the execution of the long-term strategy
upon the recent implementation of the Renewal Plan."

About Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc.

Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. is the parent company of the Pollo
Tropical® and Taco Cabana® restaurant brands. The brands specialize in
the operation of fast-casual restaurants that offer distinct and unique
tropical and Mexican inspired flavors with broad appeal at a compelling
value. For more information about Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc., visit
the corporate website at www.frgi.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Matters addressed in this news release may contain forward-looking
statements. Forward-looking statements, written, oral or otherwise made,
including the results of our CFO search, represent Fiesta's expectation
or belief concerning future events. Without limiting the foregoing,
these statements are often identified by the words "may," "might,"
"believes," "thinks," "anticipates," "plans," "expects," "intends" or
similar expressions. In addition, expressions of Fiesta's strategies,
intentions or plans are also forward-looking statements. Such statements
reflect management's current views with respect to future events and are
subject to risks and uncertainties, both known and unknown. You are
cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking
statements as there are important factors that could cause actual
results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements,
many of which are beyond Fiesta's control. Investors are referred to the
full discussion of risks and uncertainties as included in Fiesta's
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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