FRGI Fiesta Restaurant

Raphael Gross Managing Director, ICR
Richard Stockinger President and Chief Executive Officer
Dirk Montgomery Chief Financial Officer
Patty Lopez-Calleja Chief Experience Officer
James Rutherford Stephens Inc
Joshua Long Piper Sandler
Brian Vaccaro Raymond James
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Thank you for standing by. This is the conference operator. Welcome to Fiesta Restaurant Group's First Quarter 2021 Earnings Call.

As a reminder, all participants are in a listen-only mode and the conference is being recorded. After the presentation, there will be an opportunity to ask questions. now Managing turn Director would to conference I Gross, Raphael at Instructions] like the to over [Operator ICR. Please go ahead.

Raphael Gross

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Dirk Montgomery

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James Rutherford

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Richard Stockinger

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to we believe pre-COVID occasion from regular for occasion still to mix, very consumers that the of an return. between patterns as believe and that whether it's perspective we're their had lunch incrementality we're level behavior, dine-in going starting to Whether on still large we drive-thru much how And determine pretty incrementality think dine-in, and Pollo, we difficult us going early, see that. is of drive-thru. occasion to back retain that ultimately go for to I dine-in a we

Dirk Montgomery

want starting this, believe drive-thru preferences back, guests' But because system lot in opportunity change over on Yes markets at the and believe we channels. home, to we sales still our core digital eat focusing side never to and is the that of In increase that in they that's yes, making and that, with James, great the on experience but we have dining a at also of went the why comes wise terms we're investments Patty not We we're putting that feel back. a the still the the efforts other past, we case in our lunch such on and the in focus had will come drive-thru. especially we're Pollo, to

Richard Stockinger

even then though quarter first on an all across quarter pinpoint fourth to from we difficult incrementality, And the channels. the really Pollo it's the side saw generally increase through to

in evenly of increase less across that the or So sales was pretty more penetration. their they maintain as all spread channels, most

opened On little the Taco rooms dining a bit later. the side, we up

much it's on how So side. really incrementality to Taco early we're see pretty for still determine, the to us going

James Rutherford

you across That growth channels. to that XQ you saw sounds XQ saw on pretty encouraging shift

clarification. margin On restaurant first the wages, the Pollo on on and is

last would the the get at board a going hourly $XX or just that going of correct X% update, by increase want all? first is per wages hour that $X, to think it math, I wage about $X.XX, up on the which larger which average be would is a my be across hourly was are your to increase, Pollo

Dirk Montgomery

question. good good question for Yes, clarification. Good,

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Richard Stockinger

That crunch. through time this extra us hour the get for just labor being, dollar is to per

James Rutherford

So the that ones were…

Richard Stockinger

permanent. It is not

James Rutherford

little I bit Oh I in interrupted you. a thought sorry was I cutting there. out and apologize, I

permanent a you're saying not that's Rich? So thing

Richard Stockinger

are are we'll that No and data. to we as from but market-by-market any we evaluating see our through increases we get going where evaluate additional wages, and

James Rutherford

temporary. is that dollar so Okay,

James Rutherford

a X% price X.X% April, in already price And the the increase in was taken that there that place in to was is addition in quarter. first

forward, X.X% going it's So like X%, at more price Pollo?

Richard Stockinger

That's correct. Correct.

James Rutherford


Dirk Montgomery

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James Rutherford

on Yes next to that year costs flat the was so in the I commodity then that. [indiscernible] be did for board? across price, your that to of what hear my exactly the just locking commodities for because thanks be two correctly more And you question was expect going

Richard Stockinger


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costs. other most and like in areas, of those some players front, on think commodity but we expect the I stable

James Rutherford

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Dirk Montgomery

start really, existing elements it's to those to up I want mean but an an it's new as that incorporate to like our research to we'd we of we any try as the elements from definitely stores. on identified markets, to Yes Rich some do, before we said, remodels try read get early new have

James Rutherford

turn Thanks over. all for time, the will I it

Dirk Montgomery

James. Thanks

Richard Stockinger

Thanks James.


go ahead. Our Long question Piper comes Sandler. next from from Joshua Please

Joshua Long

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Richard Stockinger

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Joshua Long

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Richard Stockinger

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Joshua Long

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Richard Stockinger

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Joshua Long

you. thank Great,

Richard Stockinger

Thanks, Joshua.


from comes Vaccaro question Please next go ahead. from James. Brian Raymond Our

Brian Vaccaro

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Richard Stockinger

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Brian Vaccaro

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Dirk Montgomery

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Brian Vaccaro

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Dirk Montgomery

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Brian Vaccaro

you. thank Okay,

Richard Stockinger

Brian. Thanks


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