On August 14, Pancheros Mexican Grill, the fast-casual Mexican chain, celebrated 30 years in the burrito business. 


Founded in 1992, Rodney Anderson opened the first location in Iowa City, IA. The concept quickly became a fan-favorite in the college town due to its fresh-pressed tortillas and perfectly mixed ingredients. Pancheros has amassed a large following throughout its 30 years, now with 72 locations across 12 states, Pancheros continues to grow its brand while maintaining its industry leading reputation in food quality and service.


“As I reflect on the past 30 years of the Pancheros business, I feel incredibly honored to have built this brand alongside our growing group of dedicated franchisees,” said Rodney Anderson, founder and President of Pancheros. “They are the ones who make this all possible, and I am grateful that they have followed, believed in, and benefited from the Pancheros system. It’s always been our mission to deliver both excellent food and an excellent investment opportunity to our franchisees, and after 30 years it’s amazing to see the positive impact that our brand has had on both our new and long standing partners.”


As Pancheros reached its 30th year in business, momentum has not stalled, with this most recent year being another strong growth period for the fast-casual concept. With two openings at the start of 2022 in Cherry Hill, NJ and Bismarck, ND, additional locations are also planned in Somerset, MA and Stillwater, MN later this year.