Biz briefs 9/4

Published 12:00 am Sunday, September 4, 2016

Go Burrito manager named in el Restaurante Manager of the Year program

Rachel Griffith, general manager of Go Burrito in Salisbury, is among three remarkable restaurant managers have been chosen as the first, second, and third place winners in the 2016 el Restaurante Manager of the Year program. The program, sponsored by Jarritos, is designed to honor the hard-working, dedicated managers who power the success of Mexican and other Latin-cuisine restaurants in the United States.

“Managers are the unsung heroes of the restaurant business, and we were amazed at the stories we read on the nomination forms,” says Ed Avis, publisher of el Restaurante, a trade magazine for Mexican and other Latin-cuisine restaurants in the United States. “The three winners are among the absolutely best managers in the business, but all of the nominees in the program deserve to be proud of their accomplishments.”

Griffith was the third place winner.

“Rachel is the one person who makes me wish I had a cloning machine,” wrote Mikey Wetzel, owner of Go Burrito, in the nomination form. “She’s an excellent people-manager, to the point that many employees who turn over end up asking to get rehired. She’s helped me build sales from $0 to $1.4 million annually.”

The first place winner was Miguel Solano, manager of Azteca Restaurant in Toms River, New Jersey and the second place winner was Stephanie Gomez, manager of Rio Mirage Café in Surprise, Arizona.

The three top winners received cash prizes and certificates, and will be profiled in the Fall issue of el Restaurante magazine (

All of the other nominees will receive certificates and will be listed in the issue.