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Border’s Defy & Lee Engler Featured by Leading Restaurant Publication

Border Foods’ new Defy drive-thru restaurant concept is no stranger to media coverage since its June 2022 opening. Most recently, our ultra modern, first-of-its-kind location in Brooklyn Park, Minn. was featured by Nation’s Restaurant News, one of the industry’s leading publications. In an article about how drive-thrus have evolved through a pandemic with consumers’ “deepening affection” for staying in their cars and brand-specific changes to meet this trend head-on, the…

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Family Fun Day Brings Together Sioux Falls Area Restaurants

Continuing its month-long celebration of GMs and AGMs (and their families), Border Foods hosted guests from restaurants in Sioux Falls and the surrounding area at Thunder Road family fun park on August 24.   With fun inside and out, the amusement park had laser tag, go karts, batting cages, bowling, mini golf and some cool rides. General Manager Nicole Zaft said she got to ride on the Tilt-a-Whirl with her…

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Here They Are: Border Foods and Carol Williams 2022 Scholarship Winners!

Border Foods is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Border Foods and Carol Williams scholarships. Introduced together in 2019, these scholarships were created as a way to help our team members reach higher education goals.    The Carol Williams Scholarship holds special meaning as it carries on the legacy of former Border Foods VP of Operations Carol Williams, who is credited for founding the company’s deeply rooted family…

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Border Foods Treats Managers & Families to a Day at Six Flags Illinois

On July 27, Border Foods hosted Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa AGMs and RGMs (and their families) for a day of fun at Six Flags Great America amusement park. One of a handful of annual Family Fun Days, which celebrate our incredible managers and the families they go home to, the Illinois event was every bit as successful in bringing people together for a unique bonding experience.   Why are Family…

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Border Foods Brings Together Montana Managers for Family Fun

On July 28, Border Foods hosted Montana area managers and their families at Rose Park, near Billings, Montana, for a family-friendly get together. Every year, Border Foods invites RGMs and GMs to enjoy paid time off at Family Fun Days all over the country to thank them for their time and hard work. Montana’s event was perhaps our most intimate yet with around 35 guests, but that didn’t diminish the…

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Taco Bell Defy Grand Opening is a Proud Moment for Border Foods

Taco Bell’s newest, most innovative restaurant prototype, Border Foods’ Defy in Brooklyn Park, opened its drive-thru lanes June 7 and continues to cause buzz in the media. Most recently, Taco Bell COO Mike Grams was featured on Restaurant Business’ podcast, A Deeper Dive. Take a listen here to what he has to say about Defy, “the future of digital with a hint of traditional.” The brainchild of Border Foods’ own…

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Border Foods Celebrates Fun & Family at Michigan’s Adventure

On July 20, Border Foods hosted its annual Family Fun Day for northern Michigan RGMs and AGMs at Michigan’s Adventure theme park. A beloved company tradition that celebrates devoted restaurant leaders and their families, these events are a favorite way to give back to our own.   “Investing in having some fun and time away from the stores is super important,” says Director of Operations Vince Bosscher of the event.…

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Border Foods Celebrates MN Managers & Families at Valleyfair

Border Foods is proud to be a company that values fun, family and most of all, celebrating those who dedicate many hours to running our restaurants. Annual Family Fun Day events are one of our favorite ways to give back to an incredible group of managers and the families that support them. On July 13, we hosted Minnesota AGMs and RGMs (and their families) at Valleyfair amusement park. With a…

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Border Foods opens first-ever Taco Bell Defy in Brooklyn Park

New concept reimagines the traditional drive-thru with an elevated kitchen and unique vertical lift that delivers food to four drive-thru lanes for a faster, contactless experience Brooklyn Park, Minn. (June 6, 2022) – Minnesota-based and family-owned Taco Bell® franchisee Border Foods today announced that Taco Bell Defy® will open its doors – and most importantly, its four-lane drive-thru – in Brooklyn Park on June 7. The first of its kind two-story model delivers innovative technology and design,…

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  • Giving

Congrats to our 2022 Live Más Scholars!

This year, the Taco Bell Foundation awarded $2,250,000 in Live Más Scholarships to 218 Taco Bell Team Members across the country. We are thrilled to share that 7 of those recipients are Border Foods team members!   Please join us in recognizing: Ethan Grilz, $10,000 Interest: Computer Science Location: Maplewood, MN James Brillhart, $10,000 Interest: Construction Location: Lowell, Mi Jayden Beach, $10,000 Interest: Cyber Security Location: Zeeland, MI Lee Lor,…

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