Amid the spectacle and excitement of the 2002 Winter Olympics, Del Taco, the nation's second largest Mexican quick-service restaurant chain, today announced it has opened its first new franchise restaurant in the Salt Lake City community of South Jordan.

The restaurant is the first of six new restaurants planned by franchisees Wayne and Ryan Riley. It boasts cactus-backed chairs and open ceilings with red fans to create a Mexican feel.

With the addition of this new restaurant, Del Taco now has nine locations in the greater Salt Lake City region.

Del Taco serves burgers, fries and shakes along with its wide array of tacos, burritos and quesadillas including its signature Macho Burritos that are more than a pound of food. Del Taco also serves breakfast and most drive-thru's are open 24 hours.

Each week, more than two million Americans dine at Del Taco, consuming more than 112 million tacos, 62 million burritos and 18 million pounds of Del Taco's crinkle-cut fries.