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Costa Vida Rolls Out New Gluten-Free Menu Offerings

Part of an ongoing commitment to provide customers with fresher, healthier and more natural foods

SALT LAKE CITY (May 18, 2011) – Costa Vida Restaurants, one of the nation's fastest growing fast casual dining concepts, announced today the addition of all new gluten-free menu options. Glutens have been removed from all sauces, dressings, meats and selected deserts.

"We are listening to our guests and are responding to their needs when it comes to freshness, quality and dietary requirements," said Sean Collins, Costa Vida Chairman and Partner. "That's why we've added the new gluten-free menu offerings."

"Our food and recipes are among the cleanest and most natural, and we will continue to strive to eliminate preservatives and allergen causing ingredients wherever possible," said Costa Vida executive chef, Dave Prows.

"This announcement is very exciting for anyone who suffers from Celiac Disease or gluten intolerance," said Roxanne Weir, mentor from the Utah County Gluten Intolerant Group UC GIG. "This move helps to raise the bar for all restaurants chains nationwide." May is Celiac Awareness Month throughout the country.

Costa Vida uses only the freshest, all-natural ingredients, and prides itself on its intensely flavored, unique recipes that leave guests energized, inspired and satisfied. "We believe that eating healthier starts with the freshest ingredients, such as our juicy tomatoes, jalapenos, onions, garlic, red chilies, cilantro and tangy mangoes," said Chef Prows.

The complete list of new menu items available May 18 nation-wide includes: sauces, dressings, meats and desert.

To learn more about Costa Vida visit www.costavida.net. To become a true "Costa Vidan," become a friend at the Costa Vida Facebook page and receive special discounts and offers.

Costa Vida is a fast casual restaurant inspired by the fresh tasting foods and vibrant lifestyle of the Baja Peninsula. Costa Vida's food is created every day from scratch using only hand-selected, quality ingredients. The menu offers a variety of made-to-order items such as tacos, burritos, enchiladas, salads and desserts. As a growing and successful brand, Costa Vida also offers exciting and fun franchise business opportunities. For more information, visit www.costavida.net.