Del Taco
Officials plan to begin opening new stores by the end of the year.

LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Del Taco Restaurants Inc. announced plans to open both franchised and corporate locations throughout the Southeast, with new unit developments in West Palm Beach County, Florida, southern Georgia and the greater Atlanta area.

The newly signed development deal will bring 10 Del Taco restaurants to West Palm Beach County with openings to begin in 2018. Development efforts will be led by veteran franchisee Angelo Freites, who brings 33 years of foodservice experience and a strong multi-unit franchising background with quick-service brands, including Wendy’s, to his partnership with Del Taco.

“Del Taco’s unique barbell menu strategy, featuring both premium and value options that appeal to a broad guest base, was a key selling point for us in partnering with the brand,” Freites said.

This spring the first of a six-unit development agreement in southern Georgia will open up in Warner Robins. The next restaurants are scheduled to open in Macon, Albany and Tifton.

This franchise growth will add to Del Taco’s existing corporate footprint in the Atlanta area, where the brand currently operates eight corporate-owned restaurants, with a ninth location due to open in Kennesaw, Georgia, this summer.

“We are very impressed with the concept, from operations to the use of fresh ingredients to marketing strategy, plus we are hooked on the food and are confident our new Georgia guests will become fast fans,” foodservice franchisee Nishant Patel said.