Bucking Downturn, Puente-Brancato Ent., Inc. Grows Business with New UFood Grill and Urban Taco Restaurants at Parkland Hospital …Company to hire more than 100 positions by November

Fort Worth, Texas – Puente-Brancato Enterprises, Inc. (PBE), a diversified provider of retail, winery, currency and advertising services, will open UFood Grill and Urban Taco restaurants in Dallas County’s Parkland Memorial Hospital. PBE currently owns and operates UFood Grill and Urban Taco locations in Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).

“Given the success of our current UFood Grill and Urban Taco locations, which serve a menu of healthier food items, we are excited to open two new locations in one of the country’s finest and largest public hospitals,” said Gina Puente-Brancato, Chief Executive Officer of Puente-Brancato Enterprises, Inc. “We are also excited that, in this difficult environment, we will be generating more than 100 new jobs for the local economy. These ‘fresh-for-you’ concepts, along with our strong operational expertise, should create a winning combination for employees, patients and guests at Parkland.”

UFood Grill, which serves no fried food, is a natural for hospitals looking to provide diners with a quick-service restaurant offering “better-for-you” versions of traditional favorites, such as chicken wraps, whole grain rice bowls and specialty salads. Urban Taco, a modern Mexican taqueria, has been enhanced to serve authentic Mexican favorites with more nutritional balance. Using all fresh ingredients, the menu includes items such as salads, urban tacos, and Mexico City tortas.

PBE is hiring more than 100 positions for the two restaurants before their December 1st, 2009 openings. PBE is continually searching for “difference makers” who enjoy a smaller, fast-paced organization that recognizes individual contributions and fresh, new ideas. The company is hiring everything from cooks to cashiers, food preps, administrative, utility and management personnel. Interested applicants should call 972-574-6227 or email jobs@pbedfw.com.

PBE, which operates 20 other business entities at DFW Airport, has been recognized as one of the area’s best places to work, having been selected Workplace of the Year at the 2009 Celebration of Diversity Awards. The company is planning to expand its workforce 50 percent this year to meet growth projections.

ABOUT PUENTE-BRANCATO ENTERPRISES, INC.

Puente-Brancato Enterprises, Inc. is a Woman- and Hispanic-owned conglomerate of retail, hospitality, currency services, food & beverage, wineries, and media advertising businesses largely based at DFW Airport, which grosses more than $30 million annually and employs over 140 people from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. PBE is an equal opportunity employer.

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