Buffalo Wild Wings Invests in Rusty Tacos

Addition of fast-casual taco chain spurs the company's growth plans.

Casual dining chain Buffalo Wild Wings made a majority investment in Rusty Taco, Inc., which owns and operates Rusty Taco restaurants and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

As a fast-casual restaurant, Rusty Taco specializes in street-style tacos made fresh and from scratch. In 2010, the first restaurant opened its doors in Dallas, Texas. Since then, Rusty Taco has grown to include nine locations: two company-owned restaurants and seven franchised locations in three markets — Dallas, Denver and Minneapolis/St. Paul.

"Buffalo Wild Wings' investment is part of our strategy to partner with emerging restaurant concepts that have the potential for significant growth, can work throughout the country and have a highly engaged management team with a passion to grow the business," said Kathy Benning, Buffalo Wild Wings' executive vice president, chief strategy officer and new business. "Buffalo Wild Wings' investment is part of our strategy to partner with emerging restaurant concepts that have the potential for significant growth, can work throughout the country and have a highly engaged management team with a passion to grow the business development.

In addition to Rusty Taco, Buffalo Wild Wings also has a minority investment in Los Angeles-based PizzaRev, a fast-casual artisanal pizza concept.

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