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Moe's Southwest Grill
Industry Fast casual restaurant
Founded December 2000; 20 years ago (2000-12) in Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Headquarters ,
Number of locations
700+ (2019)
Area served
United States
Key people
Erik Hess (President)
Products Tacos, Burritos, Quesadillas, Stacks, Nachos, Burrito Bowls, White Rice with a southwest seasoning and other Southwestern fare
Parent Focus Brands

Moe's Southwest Grill, referred to informally as Moe's, is an American fast casual restaurant franchise chain that was founded in Atlanta, Georgia, in December 2000 by Raving Brands. According to the 2016 Harris Poll EquiTrend survey, Moe's is the "Fast Casual Mexican Restaurant of the Year", passing former top restaurant Chipotle Mexican Grill despite having fewer than half the number of locations.

The name "Moe's" originated as an acronym for "Musicians, Outlaws and Entertainers," and this theme led to the music-related artwork found in the restaurants.

The company is co-owned — with Schlotzsky's, Carvel, Cinnabon, McAlister's Deli, and Auntie Anne's brands — by Focus Brands, an affiliate of private equity firm Roark Capital Group, based in Sandy Springs, Georgia, operating over 5,000 stores.


Moe's offers various types of food on its menu, including burritos, tacos, quesadillas, nachos, salads, stacks, burrito bowls, and salsas. Ingredients can be added or subtracted from the standard entree for customization. Every order comes with chips and salsa on the side.

International locations

Moe's Southwest Grill, Garden Hills, Atlanta GA
Garden Hills location
"the very first Moe's on earth"

In 2011 Moe's opened its first location outside the United States in Turkey.

In September 2012 Moe's opened its first Russian franchise located in the center of Moscow near the Kremlin on Pyatnitskaya Street.

Franchise partners also exist in Costa Rica and Jamaica.

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