Barberitos: Fast-casual Mexican chain's chief exec says opportunities for expansion are starting to heat up again

Barberitos: Fast-casual Mexican chain's chief exec says opportunities for expansion are starting to heat up again

Despite continuing economic weakness, Downing Barber says it’s time to resume growing Barberitos, the fast-casual, fresh-Mex concept he founded 10 years ago.

The 22-unit chain, which Barber launched in Athens, Ga., in January 2000, specializes in cooked-to-order Mexican food. The newest unit opened in Roswell, Ga., in December 2009, and Barber anticipates opening more company locations this year. Only two units are currently corporately owned.

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