CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -- Lovers of burritos, tacos, enchiladas and nachos, listen up: a chain of quick-service Mexican restaurants plans to open four new locations in the greater Chattanooga region by 2017.

Salsarita's will open the first new restaurant by spring 2014, said Joe Gaspard, a managing partner at Laxmi Chattanooga Inc., a Salsarita's franchisee. The company has started scouting possible locations in downtown Chattanooga, Dalton, Ga., and Cleveland.

Salsarita's includes locations in 19 states across the eastern U.S., and there's already a Salsarita's open near Hamilton Place mall.

"We're excited about this market," Gaspard said. "It was important for us to purchase this restaurant and use it as a launching pad for expanding into the market."

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