ORLANDO, Fla. (February 25, 2013) ? Nicole DiPietro, Tijuana Flats? Vice President of Finance, has been named the President of the Central Florida chapter of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA)?a Tallahassee-based trade association representing Florida?s hospitality industry.
DiPietro began working for Tijuana Flats in 1995 while she was a freshman at the University of Central Florida. Over the past 18 years, she has climbed the ranks from cashier, to shift manager, to her current position as Vice President of Finance.
Nicole currently manages the financial activities for the entire Tijuana Flats brand, in addition to acting as a mentor to her staff and aiding them in their professional development.
DiPietro, who has served on the FRLA executive board for the past five years, looks forward to promoting and protecting industry interests and practices. ?It is my goal as the newly elected President of one of the largest, and strongest, FRLA chapters in the organization, to align our membership with the objectives of the state association as a whole,? said DiPietro.
With a passion for helping others, DiPietro also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Just in Queso Foundation, Tijuana Flats?
501c3 company charity. In that role, she provides both financial and volunteer assistance to organizations and individuals in need. The position has given her the opportunity to become involved
in various causes such as Building Homes for Heroes, Kids Beating Cancer and the American Red Cross.
About Tijuana Flats
Established in 1995 in Winter Park, Fla., Tijuana Flats is a unique, fast-casual Tex-Mex dining experience featuring superior guest service and fresh, made-to-order food. Tijuana Flats has 90 locations in Florida, Indiana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The restaurants are typically found in high-traffic areas and average 2,200 square feet.
Since the restaurant first opened its doors in 1995, Tijuana Flats has used zero trans-fatty acids (TFA) cooking oils, 100 percent hormone free, white meat chicken, fresh produce and all of its menu items have been lard free. Customers can choose from flour or whole-wheat tortillas for any of their tacos, burritos, quesadillas, chimichangas and flautas. This restaurant also has a popular ?Power Lite? selection, which allows customers to choose low-fat cheese and fat-free sour cream in any menu item. There is no charge for selecting a whole-wheat tortilla or Power Lite.
Known worldwide for their own brand of hot sauces, Tijuana Flats Hot Foods Inc., a separate company, provides the restaurants? specialty products, hot sauces and condiments, including one of the hottest sauces in the world, Smack My Ass and Call Me Sally??Going Postal.? For more information about Tijuana Flats, including menu and locations, visit www.tijuanaflats.com