Offer letter dated November 2, 2018 between Fiesta and Louis DiPietro

EX-10.16 3 frgi-ex1016201910k.htm LOUIS DIPIETRO OFFER LETTER Exhibit

Exhibit 10.16

November 2, 2018 (revised November 8, 2018)

Dear Mr. Louis DiPietro:

I am pleased to extend this conditional offer of employment as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary with Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. (“Fiesta”), reporting to Rich Stockinger, President and Chief Executive Officer.  Your new office will be located at 7255 Corporate Center Drive, Miami, Florida 33126.   I propose a start date of December 17 , 2018 and am excited to work with you.
The following is a brief outline of the major components of this conditional offer of employment:
Base Compensation
Your annualized base salary will be $340,000. You will be paid biweekly.
Discretionary Annual Increase
You are eligible for a discretionary annual increase, based on merit. Your first increase may occur in January 2020.

Corporate Short Term Incentive Plan
Commencing in 2019, your bonus target is equal to 60% of your annual base salary, subject to the terms of the Fiesta bonus plan applicable to you and subject to the discretion of the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors.

Long Term Incentive Plan
Commencing in 2019, you will be eligible for annual equity grants of approximately $225,000, subject to the discretion of the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors. The equity grants are currently expected to be comprised of 50% restricted stock awards that vest 25% on each anniversary date and 50% based on performance-based criteria to be determined prior to the date of grant.

Severance Agreement
Fiesta will enter into a separate agreement with you to provide certain severance payments upon termination of your employment by Fiesta without Cause and for reasons other than death or "permanent and total disability" (within the meaning Section 22(e)(3) of the Code) or by you voluntarily for Good Reason (to be defined in the agreement). The severance payments will include an amount equal to one times your annual base salary in effect prior to the date employment is terminated and an amount equal to a pro rata portion of the aggregate bonus you would have been entitled to receive with respect to the fiscal year of termination had employment not been terminated. Such bonus shall be paid at the same time it would have been paid had your employment not been terminated.

Temporary Living Allowance
The Company will provide you with $1,500 per month to be used to cover part of your living costs in Miami, Florida and home visits to Boston, Massachusetts (Housing/Travel Allowance), subject to change or cancellation at any time in the Company’s sole discretion. When you relocate to Florida or if your employment with the Company terminates for any reason, (“Eligibility Change”) the Company will cease the payment of this allowance effective immediately.

Insurance Benefits
Details regarding our comprehensive benefits package will be provided to you.
You are eligible for three weeks of vacation from date of hire through your ninth year.  On your tenth year of employment, you will then be eligible for four weeks of vacation.

Personal Days
Commencing your start date you are eligible for one (1) personal/sick days and each calendar year thereafter, you will receive five (5) personal/sick days. 
This offer of employment is contingent upon the following:
Acceptable results from all Fiesta employment screening evaluations including references.
Execution of the attached Agreement to Respect Confidential Information.
Execution of the attached Binding Arbitration Program acknowledgment.
Execution of the attached Background Information Release Form.
Satisfactory proof of identification and work authorization as required by federal law.
Satisfactory assurance that you are not subject to any non-compete or other restrictive covenant that could impair your ability to perform the job responsibilities of the position you are offered. If you are subject to any such restrictions, please provide us with a copy of relevant documents at your earliest convenience.

While we are confident that we will have a mutually beneficial employment relationship, employment with Fiesta is at-will and this is not a contract for employment. Under this relationship, Fiesta may, at any time, decide to end an individual’s employment with or without cause, prior notice or discipline at Fiesta’s sole discretion. Likewise, any employee is free to end his or her employment at any time for any reason with or without notice.
Please let me know if you have any questions.  I can be reached at ###-###-####.

Warm welcome,

/s/ Anthony D. Dinkins

Anthony D. Dinkins
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc.

/s/ Louis DiPietro
Accepted - Louis DiPietro