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21 Days to a New You plan helps guests stay on track with delicious, healthy meal plans

MIAMI, Jan. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- For millions of Americans who made New Year's resolutions, February is make-or-break time, when they either give up or find a way to keep going. Pollo Tropical, the Caribbean-inspired fast-casual restaurant known for fresh, healthy foods, can help guests succeed with its 21 Days to a New You meal plan on PolloTropical.com/21Days.

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The 21-day plan gives guests three weeks of daily lunch and dinner menu ideas including Pollo Tropical favorites – such as its signature grilled chicken, roast pork, soups, wraps, salads, sandwiches and unique variety of made-from-scratch side dishes – with total calories ranging from 800 to just over 1,000 for both lunch and dinner combined. The plan, developed by Pollo Tropical chefs in collaboration with registered dietician Joanne "Dr. Jo" Lichten, Ph.D., also offers ideas for healthy breakfasts and snacks, plus tips for general healthy eating, stress management and exercise.

"Like Dr. Jo, we don't think a healthy lifestyle should include doing without – we think it's about smart choices, great flavors and fresh ingredients that are found every day at Pollo Tropical," said Pollo Tropical Director of Marketing Sandra Pascual. "Our guests know they can always find healthy, delicious options at Pollo Tropical that they can feel great about eating."

Guests who sign up for the plan will receive a free small Create Your Own TropiChop® bowl to get them started. The dish, which starts at just 345 calories for the vegetarian option and 480 calories with grilled chicken, lets guests pick from a wide variety of fresh, handmade ingredients.

Pollo Tropical also has added a new nutritional calculator to its website with accurate calorie counts so customers can continue to track and customize their meals for a healthier lifestyle beyond the 21-day meal plan. The calculator can be found at www.pollotropical.com/nutritionals.

A free copy of the Pollo Tropical 21 Days to a New You meal plan is available at participating Pollo Tropical locations or at www.PolloTropical.com/21Days.

About Pollo Tropical

Pollo Tropical, a subsidiary of Fiesta Restaurant Group,® Inc., is a Caribbean-inspired fast casual concept known for its fresh, never frozen, flame-grilled chicken marinated in a proprietary blend of tropical fruit juices and spices, as well as authentic, made-from-scratch side dishes, soups, salads and wraps. The Miami-based company, founded in 1988, currently owns and operates 104 locations in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee, and recently broke ground on its first Texas location in Addison. There are also four licensed restaurants located on college campuses, and 36 international franchised locations throughout the Caribbean, Central America, South America and India. For more information on Pollo Tropical, including employment opportunities, menu and nutritional information as well as information about international franchising, visit Pollo Tropical's website at www.pollotropical.com.

About Fiesta Restaurant Group,® Inc.

Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. owns and operates the Pollo Tropical® and Taco Cabana® restaurant brands.  Fiesta brands specialize in the operation of fast-casual, ethnic restaurants that offer distinct and unique flavors with broad appeal at a compelling value.  Both brands feature made-from-scratch cooking, fresh salsa bars, and drive-thru service and catering.  Fiesta common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "FRGI."  For more information about Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc., visit the company's website at www.frgi.com.

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