GYG’s journey began in 2006 with our first restaurant in Newtown, Sydney. After realising that there was a genuine gap in the Australian market for fresh, clean Mexican food, our founders Steven Marks and Robert Hazan decided to create their own restaurant, Guzman y Gomez, named to honour their childhood friends. Steven and Robert had a vision to to re-invent the fast food category by building a restaurant business that served high-quality, nutritious food at the speed and convenience of traditional fast food.
After embracing the franchise business model, GYG now spans over 200+ restaurants in 4 countries across Australia, Singapore, Japan and the USA.
Founded by Steven Marks & Robert Hazan, our first restaurant opens in Sydney's vibrant Newtown area. Affectionately nicknamed "The Baby", the store continues to thrive to this day!
With the love for Guzman y Gomez quickly growing, GYG's first group of investors come on board, including our current Chairman Guy Russo.
Our first franchised restaurant opens in Fortitude Valley, QLD.
Our first restaurant outside of Australia opens, with GYG launching at Asia Square, Singapore.
Hello Tokyo! GYG opens our first Japanese restaurant in the famous Harajuku district.
The first of our famous drive thrus opens in Nerang, QLD.
Launched Lilydale free range chicken in all restaurants.
Our landmark 100th restaurant opens in Burleigh, QLD.
TDM Growth Partners take a minority stake in GYG.
GYG's menu goes 100% clean. Our "Clean is the new healthy" campaign lets the world know that there's no added preservatives, no artificial flavours, no added colours and no unacceptable additives in our food.
Party in the USA! Our first US restaurant opens in Naperville, IL. Many more to come!
Our ‘Fast Food by GYG’ brand campaign launches, sending "Fast food your mum says yes to" into the Aussie family vernacular!
Our 150th restaurant opens in Malvern East, VIC.
Our newly-renovated ‘Hola Central’ head office reopens in Sydney, expanding over a second floor to house our rapidly growing teams across legal, finance, marketing, digital & technology, operations, supply chain, real estate, people & culture, culinary and more.
The new GYG App includes a fresh look, streamlined ordering process and heaps of exciting features!
With real cream, real vanilla flavour and no added preservatives our Soft Serve range is deliciously good!
Our 3rd US restaurant opens in Crystal Lake, Illinios joining GYG Naperville and GYG Schaumburg.
Our most anticipated restaurant, GYG Cairns QLD, was also GYG's 200th restaurant!