DRG Newsletter: Winter 2023


Happy Holidays!

Dear DRG Family,

As we approach the end of another remarkable year, I find myself reflecting on the incredible journey we’ve undertaken together as a company. The holiday season is the perfect time to express my deepest gratitude and share my immense pride in each and every one of you.

This year has been nothing short of extraordinary, filled with challenges that we faced head-on and triumphs that we celebrated together. As President & CEO, I am incredibly proud of the hard work, dedication, and resilience that each member of the DRG family has demonstrated day in and day out.

Our commitment to excellence has propelled us to new heights such as adding 24 restaurants to our San Diego market, placing us as the largest Taco Bell franchisee by sales volume. We’re on track to becoming one of the top 10 largest restaurant companies in the country. From the frontline teams in our restaurants to the support staff in our offices, it’s your collective efforts that have made this success possible.

As we take a moment to celebrate the holiday season with our loved ones, let’s also reflect on the milestones we’ve achieved as a company. Your hard work, passion, and commitment have not gone unnoticed, and I want to extend my heartfelt thanks for your contributions to our shared success.

Looking ahead, I am excited about the possibilities that the future holds for DRG. With a team as talented and dedicated as ours, I am confident that we will continue to achieve great things in the coming year.

Wishing you and your loved ones a joyous holiday season filled with laughter, warmth, and well-deserved relaxation. Thank you for being an integral part of the DRG family and for making this year a truly memorable one.

Cheers to our continued success!

Warm regards,
SG Ellison
President & CEO

2023 Year in Review

Mike and Mark Year-End Video

2023 DRG Highlights:


F1 debuted its first race on the Las Vegas strip, which also happened to take place directly in front of our Las Vegas Cantina! In the spirit of racing to the top this year, DRG partnered with the Taco Bell Foundation to host an exhilarating watch party where all ticket proceeds totaling $75,000 were generously contributed to the foundation. The unique location of our Cantina provided an unparalleled front-row seat to the high-speed excitement. Against the backdrop of screeching tires and roaring engines, we clinked tacos and beers with Taco Bell corporate, esteemed franchisees, and our dedicated team, creating an unforgettable evening of racing and philanthropy.

NEW! Ghost Kitchen Taco Bell

We’re excited to share that DRG opened the first Ghost Kitchen Taco Bell within Cloud Kitchens’ Charter Oak Food Pickup– a Bay Area ghost kitchen that specializes in delivery service– at 90 Charter Oak Ave, San Francisco, CA, 94124. This marks the only ghost kitchen location within the Taco Bell brand’s portfolio! The Charter Oak Ghost Kitchen utilizes state-of-the-art Cloud Kitchens technology to fulfill delivery orders quickly and efficiently. This showcases our continued dedication to finding innovative solutions for delivery. Guests can order delivery via the Taco Bell App or on their favorite delivery platform – DoorDash, Uber Eats, Grubhub, Postmates. We’re thrilled to welcome this new restaurant and want to recognize the hard work put into making it possible. Great job!!

Q4 Store Openings

90 Charter Oak,
San Fransisco CA
3030 Van Brunt,
Kansas City MO
910 East Vista Way,
Vista CA
15498 State Ave.,
Basehor KS
14083 Limonite Ave,
Eastvale CA

The DRG Family Grew With the St. Mar Acquisition!

Our St. Mar acquisition of 23 restaurants in the San Diego and Riverside Counties was a pivotal achievement for DRG this year. Once again, thank you to the DRG employees who were essential in the successful onboarding and transition of the new team members! Since the acquisition last Summer, DRG has felt a significant impact from the growing pool of talented individuals operating our business. With new talent, we get to keep raising the bar every year. The sky is the limit with what we can accomplish as one team, one dream, one DRG.

GM and AM promotions

Alfredo Lugo Lopez, GM
Alma De La Torre Castaneda, AM
Ana Pope, GM
Arcadia Mariles, GM
Ashley Fishbeck, AM
Ashley Lee, AM
Ashley Moran, AM
Austin Natividad, AM
Autumn Hemenway, AM
Autumn Stanley , GM
Autumn West, AM
Brandon Davis, GM
Brenda Zamora, GM
Carina Vallejo, AM
Carla Wright, AM
Cassidy Gilb, AM
Catherine Nottingham, GM
Cesar Gomez, AM
Christen Massey, GM
Concepcion Rosas, AM
Daniel Mojica, GM
Darzell Morris, AM

David Cortez, GM
Denise Mcadow, AM
Edwin Santizo, AM
Ester Morado, AM
Ethan Cook, AM
Fabiola Estrado, AM
Freddy Lopez, Arby’s GM
Griselda Zamora Frayre, GM
Jeffery Regnell, Arby’s GM
Joe Corral, AM
Jolene Byrnes, Arby’s GM
Jose M Galeana Molina, AM
Joselyn Lagunas, AM
Joshua Torres, GM
Joyce Quiroz, AM
Kayla Dynes, Arby’s GM
Kaylee Hardin, GM
Kelly Arquembourg, AM
Kelly Dunfee, AM
Layla Burrus, AM
Leesa Riches, GM
Leslie Ahumada, GM

Liset Costello, GM
Luis Barcenas, AM
Luis Roman, GM
Maria Rosas, AM
Marilena Krummel, AM
Marina Hernandez, AM
Max Williams, GM
Meghan Sanford, GM
Miriam Huerta, AM
Mulexis Hankins, AM
Pablo Gomez, GM
Patricia Rapalo, AM
Paulina Matias Calmo, AM
Ramirez Maynor, AM
Ricardo Pacheco, GM
Rosa Lopez, GM
Samantha Roberts, GM
Saul Piedra, AM
Seth Rice, AM
Steven Crist, AM
Tracy Gutowski, Arby’s GM
Victoria Gomez, AM
Yuridia Woodward, AM

Don’t miss a beat from HR!

Year-end Checklist

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Cheers to an Amazing 2023 Together!