Smartphones, smart homes and now, smart food

Posted Feb 6th, 2018

New vendor partner Digi Smart Solutions will help our Mexican restaurant franchise streamline food safety and operations

With a year-end deal that will grow our Mexican restaurant franchise by 25%, it’s more important now than ever that Taco John’s excel at operations, and as a foodservice franchise, food safety is key. That’s why we’re so pleased to announce our connection to Digi Smart Solutions, a leader in technology-supported systems for restaurants.

The gray Digi logo has a green triangle in the upper right-hand corner and a trademark symbol.
Digi’s state-of-the-art solution automates food temperature monitoring and task logging to greatly simplify the effort for employees while ensuring public health compliance.

Taco John’s has been in business since 1969, and customers have always loved our delicious, quality Mexican food that blends tradition with innovation. But we don’t just innovate our menu, we innovate our management solutions, too, so our franchisees can remain competitive in the Mexican restaurant franchise space.

“A key goal of our technology modernization initiative is to provide the best tools available throughout all locations to maximize customer satisfaction and maintain our commitment to provide safe, healthy food to all communities,” says Rocky Clark, Vice President for Operations. “There were many choices, but Digi was the clear choice because of its ability to provide an immediate impact.”

A history of foodservice solutions

Digi Smart Solutions include easy-to-install hand-held probes, wireless sensors and easy-to-use software that allow temperature data and tasks to be monitored. The data is seamlessly integrated into back-office systems. Digi Smart Solutions are available in a variety of subscription-based models that include hardware and software as part of the subscription. No capital expense is required.

“Food safety is of paramount importance to any restaurant chain, and to have Taco John’s trust our technology further validates it as a proven solution,” says Kevin C. Riley, Chief Operating Officer of Digi International. “Digi Smart Solutions will help ease the workload of Taco John’s restaurant managers and provide them further operational insight across its chain of restaurants.”

A bag of Taco John’s food is fronted by two cups of Potato Olés®, two tacos with ground beef and shredded lettuce, and a burrito still wrapped in paper. A football game can be seen on a TV screen in the background.
Taco John’s serves up delicious food at fast-casual quality with the convenience and value of fast food. Food safety is priority No. 1, and Digi technology will help us manage that even more effectively.

An advantage for multi-unit franchisees

Taco John’s has experienced two consecutive record-setting years in new commitments and most of these are with multi-unit operators. Increasingly, multi-unit operators are drawn to Taco John’s QSR franchise because of the available territory and the ability to capitalize on an underserved category in the industry.

Now that we’ve partnered with Digi to offer their solutions packages, operators will be able to more effectively manage operational standards and focus more time on guest service.

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Taco John’s has almost 400 locations across the country and many prime territories still available. If you would like to talk to us about multi-unit development or single-unit opportunities, please fill out the short form on this page, and someone will be in touch with you. Meanwhile, we invite you to continue exploring our research pages.