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Don Pablo’s is a chain of Tex-Mex restaurants founded in Lubbock, Texas, in 1985. The chain had 45 restaurants in 15 states. The menu features Tex-Mex items, made-from-scratch salsa, tortillas and sauces and a range of other Mexican specialties. Don Pablo's is currently owned by Rita Restaurant Corporation of Madison, Georgia, a fully owned subsidiary of DDJ Capital Management of Waltham, Massachusetts.
This chain of Tex-Mex restaurants was started by Texas based DF&R Restaurants Inc. After a period of rapid growth throughout the state of Texas, Don Pablo's began to build new locations in the Midwest. By 1995, DF&R had 51 Don Pablo's locations. This successful growth was noticed by Avado Brands, then known as Apple South, which bought DF&R in 1995.
Don Pablo’s was a subsidiary of Avado Brands of Madison, Georgia. The company filed for bankruptcy in September 2007 and subsequently closed or sold about half of its 90 locations. The company had previously filed for bankruptcy in October 2004. In February 2008, 41 Don Pablo's locations were acquired by Rita Restaurant Corporation 
Don Pablo's has re-opened its doors in a few select places in Florida during 2012.
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