Calexico Expanding Mexican Food Empire Into Queens and Long Island

By Jeanmarie Evelly on August 13, 2013 2:57pm 

 The pollo asada burrito at Calexico. The food cart and restaurant company is expanding into Queens soon with a 10-unit franchise deal.
The pollo asada burrito at Calexico. The food cart and restaurant company is expanding into Queens soon with a 10-unit franchise deal.
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QUEENS — Popular taco truck-turned-restaurant Calexico is bringing its California-inspired Mexican food to Queens for the first time, as well as adding more locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn soon.

The company recently inked a deal to expand with 10 franchise locations across Queens and Long Island, according to the company Fransmart, a franchise development company that's working with Calexico.

Brownstoner Queens reported about the expansion Tuesday.

No specific locations have been identified yet for the new sites, according to a rep for Fransmart. It was also not clear if the locations would be carts or brick-and-mortar stores.

In separate deals, the company also announced plans to expand to 10 Philadelphia locations, as well as elsewhere in Manhattan.

The franchisees undertaking the Queens and Long Island expansion are remaining anonymous for now, the rep said, but noted they're a group of three "entrepreneurial brothers whose backgrounds range from the financial industry to the retail industry," according to the company.

The Calexico company is also the brainchild of three brothers, the Vendleys, who started the operation as a SoHo taco truck in 2006 and now run three carts — two in Manhattan and one in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

They also have storefront restaurants in Greenpoint and Red Hook, a franchise on the Lower East Side that opened earlier this year, as well as a stand at the Barclays Center.

The company is planning a fourth brick-and-mortar location in Park Slope.

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