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Number of locations
Areas served
Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Ireland, United States of America
ProductsMexican Food
OwnerDr Sam Prince

Zambrero is an Australian founded quick service restaurant chain serving Mexican food. It was founded in 2005 in Canberra by then-medical student Dr. Sam Prince with the aim to establish a successful business that also helped people in need. It was originally named 'Zambrero Fresh Mexican Grill'.


It opened its first store in Lonsdale Street, Braddon in 2005,[1] opening its 100th restaurant a decade later in Midland, Perth.[2] Zambrero was recognised as one of Australia’s fastest growing franchises on the BRW Fastest Franchises List for 2011, 2012 and 2013 and Fast 100 List for 2014 and 2015.[3][4][5][6] As of March 2018, it has 189 restaurants worldwide.[7] It opened its first restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand in July 2014, in New Zealand in November 2014, in Dublin, Ireland in March 2016[8] and opened its first two stores in United States of America on the 20th March 2018. [9]

Charity initiative[edit]

Zambrero achieves its humanitarian aims through its Plate 4 Plate initiative, on a mission to combat world hunger.[10] For every burrito or bowl purchased at Zambrero, a meal is donated to someone in need in the developing world.[11] Similarly, for every product purchased from Zambrero’s retail range, a meal is donated to someone in an underprivileged Australian community.[12] In conjunction with partner organisations; Rise Against Hunger (formerly known as Stop Hunger Now) and Foodbank, they have donated over 21 million meals as of March 2018.[8][13] They aim to donate 1 billion meals by 2025.[14][15]

Dessert bar area[edit]

Coco Mexico Logo

Selected Zambrero stores have been fitted with a Coco Mexico section.[16] Coco Mexico is a coffee, tea and dessert bar with advertised 'Well Travelled' coffee beans from the peaks and micro-valleys of the Mexican Vera Cruz region, hot/cold chocolate and jaffles.


Dr. Sam Prince is the founder of Zambrero, he was named "The Australian of the Year" for the ACT in 2012 for his Zambrero-funded philanthropy. In 2008 he was awarded "Most Outstanding Young Person of the World’’ in the Junior Chambers International,[17] and in 2011 he was awarded the ‘Weary Dunlop Fellowship.’

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Zambreros founder shares his secrets with Canberra's young entrepreneurs". Canberra Times. 4 April 2015. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Zambrero opens 100th restaurant". Inside Retail. 2015-12-10. Retrieved 2017-10-12.
  3. ^ "Fast Franchises 2011 - by revenue growth". Financial Review. 2011-05-26. Retrieved 2017-10-12.
  4. ^ "Fast Franchises revealed". Financial Review. 2012-02-23. Retrieved 2017-10-12.
  5. ^ "Zambrero makes BRW Fast 100 list for the fourth year in row | Business Franchise Australia". Retrieved 2017-10-12.
  6. ^ "BRW Fast 100 2015". Financial Review. 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2017-10-12.
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  8. ^ a b "Meaningful Mexican Zambrero donates 15m meals to those in need". SBS. 29 June 2017.
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  10. ^ "Zambrero: Mexican with a mission". hospitality | Magazine. 2016-10-06. Retrieved 2017-10-12.
  11. ^ Cooper, Cameron (30 July 2010). "A fast food education". The Australian. p. 6.
  12. ^ "Eating for a cause: Sydney restaurants giving back to the community through donations". The Daily Telegraph. 10 August 2015. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  13. ^ "Zambrero". Retrieved 2017-10-12.
  14. ^ "Healing the world a step at a time". Sydney Morning Herald. 2 April 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  15. ^ "Zambrero's Plate 4 Plate program donates nine million meals - foodservice". Retrieved 2017-10-12.
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  17. ^ "Innovative Canberrans line up for industry recognition". The Canberra Times. 26 September 2008. p. 23.

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