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Central Florida-based Tijuana Flats announces new ownership and closes some restaurants

Tijuana Flats, the Central Florida-based restaurant chain, announced it has closed 11 of its locations after being acquired by new owners.

Flatheads, LLC acquired the brand in hopes of “reviving its restaurants and reinvigorating the customer experience,” according to a press release.

In addition to announcing new owners, the company said it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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Tijuana Flats was founded in 1995 by UCF student Brian Wheeler with the first location in Winter Park.

Our company is excited about the new ownership group’s plan to reinvest, focus and emphasize the things that originally made so many people love Tijuana Flats,” said Joe Christina, Chief Executive Officer of Tijuana Flats. “We understand the immediate financial actions they are taking to ensure the long-term health of this great and iconic brand.”

Christina joined the brand in 2022 and will remain CEO, according to the release.


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