Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. Appoints Richard Stockinger CEO

February 27, 2017

Adds Highly-Qualified Industry Executive Paul Twohig to the Board

Promotes Danny Meisenheimer to Chief Operating Officer

Names Stacey Rauch Chairman of the Board

Provides Strategic Update

Dallas, TX  (RestaurantNews.com)  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 new changes to its management team and Board designed to strengthen the Company and its governance, and a strategic update.

Leadership Update

The Board has appointed Richard (“Rich”) Stockinger as Chief Executive Officer of Fiesta. Mr. Stockinger served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Benihana Inc.