Orange County Business Journal:

Lake Forest-based Mexican fast food chain Del Taco LLC plans to expand in Alabama and northern Florida through a franchise agreement.

Del Taco, which counts more than 545 restaurants in 17 states, signed a 20-unit agreement with Alabama-based hotel operator Larry Blumberg & Associates. The Del Taco franchisee currently operates 68 Marriott and Hilton hotels.

The first location under the franchise agreement is expected to open early next year in Dothan, Alabama.

Plans call for at least a dozen more Alabama locations in addition to Florida restaurants in Tallahassee and Jacksonville.