Franchise Agreement Number: ______________




                            RUBIO'S RESTAURANTS, INC.

                               FRANCHISE AGREEMENT

                    FRANCHISEE: ____________________________


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                            RUBIO'S RESTAURANTS, INC.
                               FRANCHISE AGREEMENT

                                TABLE OF CONTENTS

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1.       BACKGROUND........................................................1

2.       AWARD OF FRANCHISE................................................4

3.       TERM..............................................................5

4.       DEVELOPMENT AND OPENING OF YOUR RUBIO'S STORE.....................6

5.       FEES..............................................................9

6.       MARKETING........................................................10

7.       STORE RECORDS AND REPORTING......................................13

8.       COMPUTER HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE SYSTEMS...........................15

9.       MODIFICATIONS OF THE SYSTEM......................................16

10.      TRAINING AND GUIDANCE............................................17

11.      YOUR RUBIO'S STORE-- IMAGE AND OPERATION.........................18

12.      MARKS............................................................21

13.      ORGANIZATION OF FRANCHISEE.......................................23

14.      TRANSFERABILITY OF INTEREST......................................24

15.      COVENANTS........................................................27

16.      TERMINATION......................................................28

17.      OBLIGATIONS ON TERMINATION OR EXPIRATION.........................30

18.      OPTION TO PURCHASE...............................................31

19.      GENERAL MATTERS..................................................32

20.      NOTICES AND PAYMENTS.............................................35

21.      DISPUTE RESOLUTION...............................................35

22.      ACKNOWLEDGMENTS..................................................38

         GUARANTEE AND ASSUMPTION OF FRANCHISEE'S OBLIGATIONS.............40

EXHIBITS:

         Exhibit 1: Franchisee Information
         Exhibit 2: Current Form Of Releasing Language
         Rider 1:   Franchise Agreement Expiration Date


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                            RUBIO'S RESTAURANTS, INC.
                               FRANCHISE AGREEMENT


Date of this Agreement:  ________________________________________

Franchisor:         Rubio's Restaurants, Inc., a Delaware corporation
                    (Also referred to as "we," "us" or "our.")

Franchisee:         ___________________________________________
                             (Also referred to as "you" or "your.")


1.       BACKGROUND

         1.1.     We've developed, and plan to continue to develop, methods of
operating upscale, quick-service Mexican-style restaurants which offer a wide
variety of Mexican-style food, and certain other products, to a broad customer
base. These businesses, which are referred to in this Agreement as "Rubio's
Stores," feature a distinctive format and method of doing business, which we
refer to as the "System" (as defined below). The System and its components may
be changed, improved and further developed by us from time to time.

         1.2.     We own and operate, and selectively award franchises for
others to own and operate, Rubio's Stores using the System and the Marks (as
defined below). You've applied for a franchise to own and operate a Rubio's
Store at the Premises (as defined below) and your application has been approved
by us in reliance on all of the representations made in your application.

         1.3.     You understand and acknowledge the importance of our high and
uniform standards of quality, operations and service and the necessity of
developing and operating the Rubio's Store at the Premises in strict conformity
with this Agreement, the System and the Manuals (as defined below).

         1.4.     For purposes of this Agreement, the following terms have the
meanings listed below. Other terms used in this Agreement are defined and
construed in the context in which they occur.

         "AFFILIATE" - Any person, company or other entity which controls, is
         controlled by or is under common control with another person, company
         or other entity, as well as any spouse, parent, child and/or sibling
         and any entity controlled by any spouse, parent, child and/or sibling.

         "AGREEMENT" - This Franchise Agreement.

         "DESIGNATED EQUIPMENT" - Equipment that meets our requirements and is
         to obtained and used by you in the operation of your Rubio's Store,
         including (but not limited to) cash registers, computers and software.

         "FRANCHISE" - The nonexclusive right to use the System and the Marks in
         the continuous operation of a single Rubio's Store at the Premises
         pursuant to the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

          "GENERAL RELEASE" - A general release, in a form prescribed by us, of
         any and all claims, known or unknown, against us and/or all Rubio's
         Affiliates, excepting only those claims which, by applicable law, may
         not be released. A copy of our current form of releasing language
         (which is subject to change by us at any time) is attached as Exhibit 2
         and, by signing this Agreement, you approve that language.

         "GOOD STANDING" - "Good Standing" includes (but is not limited to) you
         and each Affiliate of yours: (A) not being in default or threat of
         default under this Agreement and/or any other agreement, or any other
         legal obligation, to us and/or any Rubio's Affiliate; and (B) operating
         each Rubio's Store, in which you


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         and/or any Affiliate of yours has any ownership or other interest, in
         full compliance with the Manuals and the System.

         "MANUALS" - One or more handbooks, manuals, bulletins and/or volumes,
         other written materials, and video, audio and/or software media
         (including materials distributed electronically or otherwise),
         regardless of title, containing (among other things) specifications,
         standards, policies and procedures prescribed by us from time to time
         and to be followed by you in connection with your development,
         operation and marketing of your Rubio's Store and your performance
         under this Agreement, including (but not limited to) all goods and
         services to be sold and/or provided at or from your Rubio's Store
         and/or in association with the Marks. The term "Manuals" also includes
         all changes and supplements that may be issued by us in the future.

         "MARKS" - The trademarks, service marks and other commercial symbols
         now and/or in the future owned by, or licensed to, us and which we
         designate, from time to time, to be used to identify the services
         and/or products offered by Rubio's Stores, including (but not limited
         to) the mark "Rubio's(R)" and design, "Home of the Fish Taco(R),"
         "Pesky(R)" and design, "Health Mex(R)," "Baja Grill(R)," the Trade
         Dress and certain associated logos.

         "PREMISES" - The location at which you will operate a single Rubio's
         Store, as permitted and accepted by us pursuant to this Agreement, and
         as identified in Exhibit 1.

         "PRODUCTS" AND "SERVICES" - Products and services designated by us from
         time to time for use, sale, lease, rental or to be otherwise used,
         offered and/or provided at or from your Rubio's Store, and/or in
         association with the Marks, including (among other things) all
         beverages, food products and paper goods served and/or used in or from
         your Rubio's Store.

         "RUBIO'S AFFILIATE(S)" - Each and all of the following, whether past,
         present and/or future: each and all company(ies) and/or person(s)
         acting by, through, under, in concert, affiliated and/or associated in
         any way with us; each and all of the partners, shareholders, officers,
         directors, agents, attorneys, accountants, and/or employees of us
         and/or any of the foregoing; as well as each and all of the successors
         and/or assigns of us and/or any of the foregoing.

         "RUBIO'S STORE" - The Rubio's Store which you're franchised to operate
         at the Premises pursuant to this Agreement.

         "SUPPLIER" - "Supplier" includes (but is not limited to) manufacturers,
         distributors, wholesalers and all others in the distribution chain
         and/or process.

         "SYSTEM" - The distinctive format and method of doing business now or
         in the future developed, used and/or modified by us in the exercise of
         our reasonable business judgment for the operation of a retail sales
         outlet specializing in the sale of Mexican-style food, including but
         not limited to: (A) distinguishing characteristics related to the
         image, design, appearance, layout and color scheme of a Rubio's Store;
         (B) design, style, color and other distinguishing characteristics of
         fixtures, menu boards, signs and furnishings; (C) layout, design and
         selection of equipment; (D) specifications for Products and as used in
         preparing Products for sale; (E) methods used for selecting,
         purchasing, marketing, displaying and selling Products; (F) operating,
         marketing, training and other systems, procedures and standards; and
         (G) the standards of quality, service and cleanliness used in the
         operation of a Rubio's Store.

         "TRADE DRESS" - The Rubio's Store design and image developed and owned
         by us for Rubio's Stores, as it currently exists and as it may be
         revised and further developed by us from time to time.

         "US," "WE," "OUR" OR "FRANCHISOR" - Rubio's Restaurants, Inc., a
         Delaware corporation.

         "YOU," "YOUR" OR "FRANCHISEE" - The entity(ies) or individual(s)
         signing this Agreement as Franchisee. (If there's more than one entity
         or individual identified as the "Franchisee," each is jointly and
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         obligated under this Agreement.)

         1.5.     We only award franchises to individuals and entities that
share, and have made a commitment to, our mission statement, key objectives and
shared values. Without that commitment, it wouldn't be appropriate for you and
us to be involved in a long-term business relationship, such as a Rubio's
Franchise. Your commitment to the mission statement, key objectives and shared
values is one of the most important parts of your being a Rubio's franchisee and
that's why we've placed them at the beginning of this Agreement. You agree that
you'll continuously comply with, observe and support the following:


         THE RUBIO'S MISSION STATEMENT


         THE RUBIO'S MISSION IS TO OPERATE IN A MANNER THAT IS RESPONSIBLE,
         PROFITABLE AND TO THE BENEFIT OF EMPLOYEES, GUESTS AND COMMUNITY. WE
         PROVIDE THE HIGHEST QUALITY PRODUCT, SERVICE, CLEANLINESS AND
         EFFICIENCY AT REASONABLE PRICES.


         RUBIO'S BAJA GRILL, THE "HOME OF THE FISH TACO," IS A LEADER IN THE
         RESTAURANT INDUSTRY AND IS RENOWNED FOR ITS INNOVATIVE AND DYNAMIC
         APPROACH IN PROVIDING AUTHENTIC MEXICAN FOOD.

         RUBIO'S KEY OBJECTIVES


         1.       ATTRACT, TRAIN, DEVELOP, MOTIVATE AND RETAIN THE HIGHEST
                  QUALITY MANAGEMENT AND FRANCHISEE TEAM POSSIBLE.

         2.       BECOME THE RECOGNIZED LEADER IN GUEST SATISFACTION AND VALUE
                  BY SUPERIOR H.Q.S.C. EXECUTION.

         3.       EXPAND RUBIO'S MARKET PRESENCE - CREATE AND SUCCESSFULLY
                  IMPLEMENT A STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT PLAN.

         4.       DEVELOP AND ENHANCE THE "RUBIO'S CULTURE" AND OUR SHARED
                  VALUES.

         5.       DEVELOP, COMMUNICATE AND EXCEED FINANCIAL OBJECTIVES.


         RUBIO'S SHARED VALUES


                  O        FAMILY

                  O        GUEST FOCUS

                  O        EMPLOYEE COMMITMENT

                  O        INTEGRITY/TRUST

                  O        TEAMWORK

                  O        ACCOUNTABILITY

                  O        GROWTH


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2.       AWARD OF FRANCHISE

         2.1.     AWARD. We're pleased to award you a Franchise to operate a
single Rubio's Store at the Premises, and to use the Marks and the System in the
operation of your Rubio's Store. You may not operate a Rubio's Store at any
location other than the Premises and you may not relocate your Rubio's Store
without our prior written consent, which we may withhold in the exercise of our
reasonable business judgment and which will be conditioned on execution of a
General Release by you and all guarantors of your obligations to us. If you
request our consent to a relocation of your Rubio's Store, you must pay us a
reasonable fee to reimburse us for all expenses incurred in connection with your
relocation request.

         You agree that you will at all times faithfully, honestly and
diligently perform your obligations under this Agreement, and that you will
continuously exert your best efforts to promote, enhance and maximize the
business of your Rubio's Store and the goodwill of the Marks. You understand and
agree that critical to the System and this Agreement, as well as your possible
success, is full adherence by you to each element of the System. Accordingly,
you will continuously comply with the following (and all other) elements of the
System: (A) you'll use and sell only Products and Services, and only deal with
Suppliers, approved by us; (B) you'll use only prescribed building and equipment
layouts and designs; (C) you'll strictly adhere to our then-current standards of
quality, service and cleanliness; (D) you'll maintain a close and personal
working relationship with your Rubio's Store; and (E) you agree to be personally
accountable for the performance of your obligations under this and all other
agreements pertaining to your Rubio's Store.

         You agree that it would be inappropriate for us to enter into this
Agreement if there might be a possibility of your asserting claims against us
and/or Rubio's Affiliates based on our prior relationship. Accordingly, you
agree that you and all guarantors of your obligations to us will,
contemporaneously with the execution of this Agreement, execute a General
Release.

         2.2.     NO EXCLUSIVITY. The Franchise is a site/address specific (or
"spot") franchise only, with you having no other rights. Except for those rights
expressly awarded to you under an Area Development Agreement, you do not have,
have not paid for, and have no expectation of receiving any benefits of, any
"exclusive territory" or any "exclusive," "protected" or "reserved" territorial,
similar or other rights, no such rights are awarded or will be inferred, and
there will be no limitation of any type on our rights, or of anyone we
designate, to locate and/or consent to the location of other Rubio's Stores, or
other distribution facilities and/or channels of distribution of any type,
whether or not using the System, the Marks and/or Trade Dress at any location,
regardless of the distance from, impact on, or vicinity of, your Rubio's Store
or the number of Rubio's Stores, other outlets or otherwise in any area or
market.

         We retain, without limitation of any kind or nature, all rights with
respect to Rubio's Stores, the System, the Marks and Trade Dress, the sale of
Products and any other products and services under any name, mark, trade dress
or otherwise, anywhere in the world, including in proximity to your Rubio's
Store. The rights we retain include: (A) the right to operate and/or license
others to operate Rubio's Stores at any location other than the Premises during
the term of this Agreement and at any location, including the Premises, after
this Agreement terminates or expires; (B) the right to operate and/or license
others to operate any other business at any location during and after the term
of this Agreement; and (C) the right to merchandise and distribute goods and
services identified by the Marks at any location through any other method or
channel of distribution.

         2.3.     FORMS OF AGREEMENT. You acknowledge that, over time, we have
entered, and will continue to enter, into agreements with other
franchisees/licensee that may contain provisions, conditions and obligations
that differ from those contained in this Agreement. The existence of different
forms of agreement and the fact that we and other franchisees/licensees may have
different rights and obligations does not affect the duties of the parties to
this Agreement to comply with the terms of this Agreement.


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3.       TERM

         3.1.     INITIAL TERM. The Initial Term of this Agreement and the
Franchise granted by this Agreement begins on the date of this Agreement and
terminates at midnight on the day preceding the 10th anniversary of the date
your Rubio's Store first opened for business, unless this Agreement is
terminated at an earlier date pursuant to Section 16. Notwithstanding the
foregoing, if this Agreement is awarded in connection with your acquisition of
an existing franchised Rubio's Store, the Initial Term will expire on the date
that the initial term of the prior franchise agreement would have expired. We
shall complete and forward to you a notice, in the form of attached Rider A, to
memorialize the date the your Rubio's Store first opened for business.

         If, during the term of this Agreement, you, through no act or failure
to act on your part (except the failure to extend the lease for the Premises
through the Initial Term of this Agreement), lose the right to possession of the
Premises, the Initial Term shall expire as of the date of the loss of the right
to possession. However, if the right to possession is lost through no act or
failure to act on your part, you may relocate the Rubio's Store (without paying
any additional new store opening fee or transfer fee) at your expense and the
Initial Term shall not expire if: (A) we consent to the new location in writing;
(B) you construct and equip a Rubio's Store at the new location in accordance
with the then-current System standards and specifications; (C) a Rubio's Store
at the new location is open to the public for business within 6 months after the
loss of possession of the Premises; and (D) you reimburse us for all reasonable
expenses actually incurred by us in connection with the approval of the new
location.

         3.2.     RENEWAL TERMS. At the expiration of the Initial Term, you
shall have an option to remain a franchisee for a First Renewal Term of 10 years
and, at the expiration of the First Renewal Term, a Second Renewal Term of, at
your option, 5 or 10 years, unless this Agreement or a successor franchise
agreement is terminated prior to its expiration. The conditions for renewal at
the expiration of the Initial Term are set forth in this Section 3.2. Except as
provided in Section 3.3., the conditions for renewal at the expiration of the
First Renewal Term shall be set forth in the franchise agreement in effect at
that time.

                  A.       If you desire to extend the Franchise for the First
Renewal Term, you must provide us written notice of your intent to do so at
least 180 days, but not more than 270 days, before the Initial Term expires. (If
you fail to timely provide us this notice, you will be deemed to have waived
your option to extend the Franchise.)

                  B.       If you desire to extend the Franchise for the First
Renewal Term, you must comply with all of the following conditions prior to and
at the end of the Initial Term:

                           (1)      You shall not be in default under this
Agreement or any other agreements between you and us or any Rubio's Affiliate;
you shall not be in default beyond the applicable cure period under any real
estate lease, equipment lease or financing instrument relating to your Rubio's
Store; you shall not be in default beyond the applicable cure period with any
vendor or supplier to your Rubio's Store; and, for the 12 months before the date
of your notice and the 12 months before the expiration of the Initial Term, you
shall not have been in default beyond the applicable cure period under this
Agreement or any other agreements between you and us or any Rubio's Affiliate.

                           (2)      You shall make the capital expenditures
required to renovate and modernize your Rubio's Store to conform to the interior
and exterior designs, decor, color schemes, furnishings and equipment and
presentation of the Marks consistent with the image of the System for new
Rubio's Stores at the time you provides us the renewal notice, including such
structural changes, remodeling, redecoration and modifications to existing
improvements as may be necessary to do so.

                           (3)      You and your employees at your Rubio's Store
shall be in compliance with our then-current training requirements.

                           (4)      You shall have the right to remain in
possession of the Premises, or another location approved in writing by us, for
the First Renewal Term and all monetary obligations owed to your landlord, if
any, must be current.


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                           (5)      You and all guarantors of your obligations
to us shall have executed a General Release.

                           (6)      As determined by us, in the exercise of our
reasonable business judgment, you have operated your Rubio's Store in accordance
with this Agreement and the System.

                  C.       Within 4 months after our receipt of the written
notice of your desire to extend the Franchise for the First Renewal Term, we
will advise you whether or not you may extend the Franchise for the First
Renewal Term. If we are willing to let you extend the Franchise, the notice from
us will contain preliminary information regarding actions you must take to
satisfy Sections 3.2.B.(2) and (3). If not, the notice from us will specify the
reasons for non-renewal. If we do not to permit you to extend the Franchise for
the First Renewal Term, we shall have the right to unilaterally extend the
Initial Term of this Agreement as necessary to comply with any applicable laws.

                  D.       If the Franchise is extended for the First Renewal
Term, we shall forward you a new franchise agreement for the First Renewal Term
for your signature at least 2 months prior to the expiration of the Initial
Term. The form of successor franchise agreement shall be the form then in
general use by us for Rubio's Stores (or, if we are not then granting franchises
for Rubio's Stores, that form of agreement as specified by us) and likely will
differ from this Agreement, including, but not limited to, provisions relating
to the royalty fee and Marketing Fund Contributions.

                  E.       You shall execute the successor franchise agreement
for the First Renewal Term and return the signed agreement to us at least one
month prior to the expiration of the Initial Term. Your failure to sign the
successor franchise agreement and return it to us within this time shall be
deemed an election by you not to extend the Franchise and shall result in
termination of this Agreement and the Franchise granted by this Agreement at the
expiration of the Initial Term. Provided you have timely complied with all of
the conditions set forth in this Section 3.2., we shall execute the successor
franchise agreement and promptly return a fully-executed copy to you.

         3.3.     CONDITIONS TO THE SECOND RENEWAL TERM. In addition to the
conditions on renewal that will be contained in the franchise agreement in
effect for the First Renewal Term, the following conditions must be satisfied
before the Second Renewal Term may begin: (A) you shall pay us a renewal fee in
an amount equal to the greater of 50% of the New Store Opening Fee paid by you
in connection with this Agreement or 50% of the new store opening fee we are
charging to new franchisees at the expiration of the First Renewal Term (if the
Second Renewal Term will be for 10 years), or the greater of 25% of the New
Store Opening Fee paid by you in connection with this Agreement or 25% of the
new store opening fee we are charging to new franchisees at the expiration of
the First Renewal Term (if the Second Renewal Term will be for 5 years); and (B)
if, in the exercise of our reasonable business judgment, we determine that the
Premises no longer satisfies our criteria for a site for a Rubio's Store, we may
require that you relocate your Rubio's Store to another location that satisfies
our criteria, to which we have consented in writing, in the general trade area
where the Premises are located.

4.       DEVELOPMENT AND OPENING OF YOUR RUBIO'S STORE

         4.1.     SITE CLEARANCE.

                  A.       If the site for your Rubio's Store has not been
identified and purchased (or leased) by you and consented to by us by the time
you and we sign this Agreement, you must purchase or lease (and obtain
possession of) a site suitable for the operation of your Rubio's Store and
obtain our written consent to the site within 60 days after the date of this
Agreement. You won't make any commitments with respect to any location, or
operate a Rubio's Store and/or use any of the Marks from or at any location,
until and unless we've consented to the location. If you are unable to purchase
or lease an acceptable site within such period, we may (but have no obligation
to), at any time thereafter, terminate our obligations and your rights under
this Agreement, provided we refund to you the lesser of: (A) 50% of the New
Store Opening Fee paid to us pursuant to this Agreement; or (B) the New Store
Opening Fee less all expenses (including legal fees, commissions, training
costs, etc.) incurred in connection with such franchising and termination; and
you will concurrently execute documents acceptable to us, providing for:


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(1) continuation of your indemnification, confidentiality and noncompetition
obligations and the dispute resolution provisions of this Agreement, including
those of Sections 15, 19.5. and 21 and (2) a General Release.

                  B.       For each proposed site for your Rubio's Store, you
shall, if requested by us, submit a complete real estate package (containing
that information as we may reasonably require) for a proposed site which you
reasonably believe conforms to site selection criteria we establish from time to
time for demographic characteristics, traffic patterns, parking, character of
the neighborhood, competition from other businesses in the area, the proximity
to other businesses (including other Rubio's Stores), the nature of other
businesses in proximity to the site and other commercial characteristics
(including the purchase price, rental obligations and other lease terms for the
proposed site) and the size, appearance, other physical characteristics, and a
site plan of the premises.

         You acknowledge and agree that, in order to enhance the reputation and
goodwill of all Rubio's Stores and the goodwill of the Marks, your Rubio's Store
must be properly developed, operated and maintained. Accordingly, you agree that
we may refuse to consent to a site for your Rubio's Store unless you demonstrate
sufficient financial capabilities, in our sole judgment, applying standards
consistent with criteria we use to establish franchised Rubio's Stores in other
comparable market areas, to properly develop, operate and maintain the proposed
Rubio's Store. To this end, you shall furnish us with such financial statements
and other information regarding you and the development and operation of the
proposed Rubio's Store, including, without limitation, investment and financing
plans for the proposed Rubio's Store, as we reasonably may require.

                  C.       Within 30 days after our receipt of the information
described in Section 4.1.B., we shall advise you in writing whether we have
consented to a particular site. If we do not respond to a completed real estate
package within 30 days, we shall be deemed to have not consented to that site.
Our consent may be subject to reasonable conditions as determined by us in the
exercise of our reasonable business judgment. You may not begin construction of
a Rubio's Store at a particular site until we have consented to the site in
writing. Our consent to one or more sites is not a representation or a promise
by us that a Rubio's Store at such a site will achieve a certain sales volume or
a certain level of profitability. Similarly, our consent to one or more sites
and our refusal to consent to other sites is not a representation or a promise
that a site to which we have consented will have a higher sales volume or be
more profitable than a site to which we did not consent. We assume no liability
or responsibility for: (1) evaluation of a site's soil for hazardous substances;
(2) inspection of any structure on a site for asbestos or other toxic or
hazardous materials; (3) compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act
("ADA"); or (4) compliance with any other applicable law. It is your sole
responsibility to obtain satisfactory evidence and/or assurances that a site
(and any structures thereon) is free from environmental contamination and in
compliance with the requirements of the ADA.

         4.2.     LEASE OF PREMISES. If you propose to lease or sublease the
Premises, you shall provide us with a copy of the fully-executed lease or
sublease (for a term, including renewal terms, for at least the Initial Term of
this Agreement) for the Premises within 5 days after the later of execution of
this Agreement or written consent to the Premises by us. The lease or sublease
shall not contain any covenants or other obligations that would prevent you from
performing your obligations under this Agreement. Unless waived by us in
writing, any lease or sublease for the Premises shall contain provisions that
satisfy the following requirements during the entire term of the lease,
including any renewal terms:

                  A.       The landlord consents to your use of the proprietary
signs, distinctive exterior and interior designs and layouts, and the Marks
prescribed by us, and upon expiration or the earlier termination of the lease,
consents to permit you, at your expense, to remove all such items and other
trade fixtures, so long as you make repairs to the building caused by such
removal.

                  B.       The landlord agrees to provide us (at the same time
sent to you) a copy of all amendments and assignments and notices of default
pertaining to the lease and the leased premises.

                  C.       We shall have the right to enter the leased premises
to make any modifications or alterations necessary to protect the System and the
Marks and to cure, within the time periods provided by the lease, any default
under the lease, all without being guilty of trespass or other tort, and to
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                  D.       The landlord agrees that you shall be solely
responsible for all obligations, debts and payments under the lease.

                  E.       The landlord agrees that, following the termination
or earlier expiration of this Agreement, you shall have the right to make those
alterations and modifications to the Premises as may be necessary to clearly
distinguish to the public the Premises from a Rubio's Store and also make those
specific additional changes as we reasonably may request for that purpose. The
landlord also agrees that, if you fail to promptly make these alterations and
modifications, we shall have the right to do so without being guilty of trespass
or other tort so long as we make repairs to the building caused by such removal.

                  F.       The landlord agrees not to amend or otherwise modify
the lease in any manner that would affect any of the foregoing requirements
without our prior written consent, which consent shall not be unreasonably
withheld.

                  G.       The landlord consents to your assignment of the lease
to us or our designee without payment of any assignment fee or similar charge or
increase in any rentals payable to the landlord.

         If these provisions are not in your lease or sublease, we may, at our
option, either require that you immediately cause such provisions to be added or
terminate this Agreement following written notice to you.

         4.3.     FRANCHISEE'S RESPONSIBILITY. You assume all cost, liability
and expense for developing, constructing and equipping your Rubio's Store in
accordance with the requirements of this Agreement and the System. It also shall
be your responsibility to have prepared all required construction plans and
specifications to suit the shape and dimensions of the Premises and you must
ensure that these plans and specifications comply with applicable ordinances,
building codes and permit requirements and with lease requirements and
restrictions. You shall use only registered architects, registered engineers,
and professional and licensed contractors. We do not warrant or guarantee to you
in any way that any contractor (even one referred to you by us) is suitable,
competent, reliable or otherwise able to perform adequately the tasks for which
they are hired and you're the only person/entity with any responsibility for the
work of any contractor selected and/or employed by you. We're unable to provide
any assurance as to costs of construction or otherwise, or as to when you may be
open for business, since such matters are not within our control.

         4.4.     RUBIO'S STORE DESIGN STANDARDS. We'll furnish you with (and
may update from time to time) standards, specifications and other requirements
for design, decoration, layout, equipment, furniture, fixtures, signs and other
items for Rubio's Stores ("Rubio's Store Design Standards"), with which you'll
promptly comply. You agree that the Rubio's Store Design Standards are an
integral part of the System and that your Rubio's Store will be developed,
constructed, designed and operated in full compliance with the latest Rubio's
Store Design Standards at all times.

         4.5.     DEVELOPMENT SCHEDULE FOR YOUR RUBIO'S STORE. Within 180 days
after the last to occur of the date of this Agreement or the date we consent in
writing to a site, you must: (A) secure all financing required to fully develop
your Rubio's Store; (B) submit to us for consent any proposed modifications to
the Rubio's Store Design Standards to comply with applicable ordinances,
building codes, permit requirements, lease requirements and restrictions (any
modifications will be at your expense); (C) obtain all required zoning changes,
building, utility, sign, health, sanitation and business permits and licenses
and any other required permits and licenses; (D) construct all required
improvements in compliance with construction plans and specifications supplied
or consented to by us; (E) decorate your Rubio's Store in compliance with plans
and specifications consented to by us; (F) purchase and install all required
equipment, furniture, fixtures and signs (including the Designated Equipment and
computer hardware and software); (G) purchase an opening inventory of the
Products designated by us; (H) obtain all customary contractors' sworn
statements and partial and final waivers of lien for construction, remodeling,
decorating and installation services; and (I) open your Rubio's Store for
business to the general public.

         Within such periods you'll also select and employ a licensed contractor
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you'll commence construction and/or development as soon as possible and will
expeditiously attend to its completion, purchase and pay for all supplies;
purchase, pay for and attend to the installation of all fixtures and equipment,
train all employees, obtain all required insurance, permits and licenses and do
everything necessary for your Rubio's Store to open for business.

         4.6.     EQUIPMENT, FURNITURE, FIXTURES AND SIGNS. You'll use in the
development and operation of your Rubio's Store only those (and use each of
those) brands, types and/or models of equipment, furniture, fixtures and signs
as are consented to by us. You'll purchase or otherwise obtain approved brands,
types and/or models of equipment, fixtures and signs only from suppliers
designated by us, which may include and/or be limited to ourselves and/or our
affiliates.

         4.7.     RUBIO'S STORE OPENING. You won't open your Rubio's Store for
business until: (A) we notify you that all of your pre-opening obligations have
been fulfilled; (B) pre-opening training of all of your personnel has been
completed; (C) all amounts then due us have been paid; and (D) we've been
furnished with copies of all insurance policies (or such other evidence of
insurance coverage and payment of premiums as we request), leases/subleases and
other documents as required by this Agreement. You'll comply with these
conditions and be prepared to open your Rubio's Store for business within the
periods of time specified by this Agreement and, in any case, you'll open your
Rubio's Store for business and commence business pursuant to this Agreement
within 5 days after we give notice to you stating that your Rubio's Store is
ready for opening.

         4.8.     GRAND OPENING PROGRAM. You'll conduct a grand opening
advertising and promotional program, meeting our specifications, for your
Rubio's Store and will, within 28 days after its opening, spend no less than
$3,500 on such advertising and promotion during that time. Such advertising and
promotional program will only utilize marketing, advertising and public
relations programs, formats, media and materials consented to by us. We'll
furnish advice and guidance to you with respect to your grand opening
advertising and promotional program. The monies you spend for grand opening
advertising are in addition to the monies you are required to spend for local
store marketing pursuant to Section 6.2.

5.       FEES

         5.1.     NEW STORE OPENING FEE. You'll pay us, on signing this
Agreement, a New Store Opening Fee of $25,000. The New Store Opening Fee is
fully earned by us on signing of this Agreement and is entirely nonrefundable
(as are all amounts paid to us and/or any Rubio's Affiliate) except for possible
partial or other refund as expressly provided in other provisions of this
Agreement.

         5.2.     ROYALTY FEE. In addition to all other amounts to be paid by
you to us, on a twice monthly basis, you'll pay us a nonrefundable and
continuing royalty fee in an amount equal to 4% of the "Gross Volume" (as
defined in Section 5.3.) of your Rubio's Store, for the right to use the System
and the Marks at your Rubio's Store. We may, at any time after the 3rd
anniversary of the date of this Agreement, increase the royalty fee to as much
as 5% of Gross Volume for the remainder of the Initial Term if the form of
franchise agreement then generally being offered to new Rubio's franchisees at
the time of the proposed increase provides for a royalty fee greater than 4% of
Gross Volume.

         You must participate in our then-current electronic funds transfer
program authorizing us to utilize a pre-authorized bank draft system on a twice
monthly basis (or otherwise as we specify from time to time in the exercise of
our reasonable business judgment). All royalty fees, Marketing Fund
Contributions and other amounts due us for each period must be received by us or
credited to our account by pre-authorized bank debit before 5:00 p.m. on the day
after the end of each period (I.E., on the 16th for the period from the 1st
through the 15th and on the 1st day of the following month for the period from
the 16th through the end of the month), or at a later point in time specified by
us from time to time. If you fail to timely make any payments or provide us with
any reports, or fail to fully cooperate with any audit, we may thereafter
specify periodic amounts for regular transfer to our (or a Rubio's Affiliate)
account, based on past reports of sales by you and/or reasonable expectations of
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Fund Contributions and other amounts to become due from you and, in any event,
covering royalty fees and Marketing Fund Contributions. You will, of course,
fully participate in our then-current electronic reporting system covering sales
and other items.

         5.3.     DEFINITION OF "GROSS VOLUME." Gross Volume includes all
revenues (except sales tax collected and paid when due to the appropriate taxing
authority and actual customer refunds, adjustments and credits) which are, or
could be, received by you: (A) by or with respect to your Rubio's Store; (B)
which relate to the type of products, services or any other items which are or
could be provided, sold, rented or otherwise distributed at, through or in
association with a Rubio's Store; and/or (C) with respect to any products and
services which are, or could be, provided, sold, or otherwise distributed in
association with any use of the Marks or the System. You'll not divert any
business or take any other actions (or fail to take any actions) which would
have the effect of reducing the Gross Volume with respect to which royalty fees
are payable and you will use your best efforts to maximize Gross Volume. All
sales and/or billings, whether collected or not, will be included in Gross
Volume, with no deduction for credit card or other charges.

         5.4.     INTEREST. All amounts you may owe us and/or any Rubio's
Affiliate will bear interest at the highest applicable legal rate for open
account business credit, but not to exceed 1.5% per month. This doesn't
constitute our agreement to accept payments after they're due or any commitment
to extend credit to, or otherwise finance your operation of, your Rubio's Store.
If you fail to pay any amounts (including any electronic draft returns, returns
for insufficient funds or otherwise), or fail to deliver any report when due,
that failure can constitute grounds for termination of this Agreement, in spite
of the provisions of this Section. Notwithstanding any provision in this
Agreement to the contrary, in no event will any amounts be charged as late fees
or otherwise which exceed or violate any applicable legal restrictions.

         5.5.     APPLICATION OF PAYMENTS. Notwithstanding any designation by
you, we can apply any payments received from you, whether designated as payable
to us, the Marketing Fund or otherwise, to any past due or other indebtedness of
yours for royalty fees, Marketing Fund Contributions, purchases, interest or
otherwise as we choose in the exercise of our reasonable business judgment. We
can set off, from any amounts that may be owed to you, any amount that you owe
to us. We can retain any amounts we have received for your account (whether
rebates or other funds and whether paid by or due from suppliers or otherwise),
as a credit and payment against any amounts that you owe or will owe to us or
with respect to any Marketing Fund Contribution, without notice and at any time.
We have the right to accept payment from any other person or entity as payment
by you. Our acceptance of that payment will not result in that other person or
entity being substituted for the named Franchisee.

6.       MARKETING

         6.1.     MARKETING FUND.

         YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS. We've instituted an advertising, publicity and
marketing fund ("Marketing Fund") for such advertising, advertising-related,
marketing and/or public relations programs, services and/or materials as we, in
the exercise of our reasonable business judgment, may deem necessary or
appropriate to promote Rubio's Stores. You'll contribute to the Marketing Fund
3% of Gross Volume; provided that we can, at any time, whether on a temporary,
permanent, regional, national or any other basis, require you to pay a Marketing
Fund Contribution of up to and including 5% of Gross Volume, but we will not
increase your required contribution by more than one percentage point in any
12-month period (E.G. an increase from a 3% level to a 4% level of Gross Volume
in any 12-month period would be allowed) and we will provide you with at least
90 days' prior notice of any such increase. Your Marketing Fund Contributions
will be calculated and payable at the same time and in the same manner as
royalty fees.

         For management purposes, the Marketing Fund is divided into two
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         PRODUCTION FUND. With respect to your Marketing Fund Contributions, no
more than 1.5% of your Gross Volume will be paid into the Production Fund. (On a
temporary, regional or any other basis, we can specify that less, but not more,
than that amount will be paid into, and disbursed under, the Production Fund for
any period.)

         The Production Fund may be used to pay the costs of preparing,
producing, distributing and using marketing, advertising and other materials,
items and/or programs, including production of commercials, advertisements and
other promotional and advertising materials, programs and/or items; development
of creative concepts and related content; administering national, regional
and/or local marketing programs, including, without limitation, employing
advertising, public relations and other agencies and firms (such as consultants,
lawyers and accountants, among others); supporting public relations, market
and/or product research and related activities (including tests and surveys);
providing advertising and marketing materials for use by Rubio's Stores; new
product development, menu boards and other signage; and/or other purposes deemed
beneficial for the general recognition of the Marks and/or the benefit of
Rubio's operators generally, as well as any expenses associated with any
Franchisee Advisory Council(s), if those Councils, and such expenses, are
approved by us in the exercise of our reasonable business judgment. The
Production Fund will, as available, furnish you with marketing, advertising and
promotional formats and sample materials and may charge the direct cost of
producing items supplied to you, plus shipping, handling and other related
costs. In the exercise of our reasonable business judgment, we can reallocate
amounts paid into the Production Fund to the Media Fund and spend those amounts
for purposes authorized under the Media Fund.

         MEDIA FUND. With respect to your Marketing Fund Contributions, any
amounts not contributed to the Production Fund will be allocated to the Media
Fund and spent on either: (A) national advertising media, "image advertising"
(which may include advertising, public relations and/or otherwise) and/or other
advertising media that the advertising industry generally regards as "national
media" and/or its functional equivalent; and/or (B) local and/or regional
advertising media, including media placement and/or other advertising-related
programs/materials (and/or public relations programs/materials) reaching the
Designated Market Area ("DMA") in which your Rubio's Store is located ("local
media expenditures.") Such local media expenditures may be made directly by us,
through a local cooperative or other association which we have approved, and/or
directly by return to, and expenditure by, you, in each case under such
procedures and conditions as we designate from time to time. In each case, all
advertising and/or other marketing efforts are subject to our prior written
approval, in the exercise of our reasonable business judgment.

         GENERAL ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS. Subject to the above express
limitations, we'll have sole discretion over all matters relating to the
Marketing Fund in any way, including (but not limited to) its management, all
financial matters, expenditures, receipts and/or investments by the Marketing
Fund, timing of expenditures, media placement and allocation thereof or
otherwise.

         You'll participate in all marketing programs instituted by the
Marketing Fund or us but will retain full freedom to set your own prices, except
that we may, to the greatest degree permitted by applicable law, specify maximum
prices above which you will not sell or otherwise provide any goods or services
and you will comply with all such maximum prices. We may, in the exercise of our
reasonable business judgment, use the Marketing Fund to pay the costs of
advertising, advertising-related, marketing and/or public relations programs,
services and/or materials with respect to locations, programs or concepts where
products and/or services offered under the Marks are to be offered in
conjunction with products and/or services offered under other marks, including
(but not limited to) any co-branding, dual franchising or other programs, and
any other franchised or non-franchised alternative channel of distribution,
whether controlled by us or not.

         The Marketing Fund will be accounted for separately from our other
funds (but may be commingled with our other funds) and will not be used to
defray any of our general operating expenses, except for such salaries,
administrative costs, overhead and other expenses as we may reasonably incur in
activities related to the Marketing Fund and/or its programs (including, without
limitation, conducting market research, preparing advertising and marketing
materials, insurance, legal costs and collecting and accounting for the
Marketing Fund, which will be paid out of the Production Fund). In any event, we
may charge the Marketing Fund for attorneys' fees and other costs related in any
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and/or with respect to collecting amounts due and/or expenditures by or from the
Marketing Fund. We may, in the exercise of our reasonable business judgment,
spend in any fiscal year an amount greater or less than the aggregate
contributions to the Marketing Fund (and/or any sub-fund) in that year and the
Marketing Fund (and/or any sub-fund) may borrow from us or other lenders to
cover deficits or to invest any surplus for future use.

         You authorize us to collect for remittance to the Marketing Fund (and
allocation/disbursement as we deem appropriate in the exercise of our reasonable
business judgment) any advertising or promotional monies or credits offered by
any supplier based upon purchases by you or otherwise. A statement of monies
collected and costs incurred by the Marketing Fund will be prepared annually by
us and be furnished to you upon written request. We'll have the right to cause
the Marketing Fund (and/or any sub-funds) to be incorporated or operated through
an entity separate from us as we deem appropriate, and such successor entity
will have all rights and duties of ours relating to the Marketing Fund. The
Marketing Fund may be combined with any marketing fund otherwise established for
Rubio's Stores and the funds merged for use in accordance with this Agreement.
(A brief statement regarding the availability of information on the purchase of
Rubio's franchises may be included in advertising and other items produced
and/or distributed using the Marketing Fund.)

         We can, in the exercise of our reasonable business judgment, arrange
for services, goods and otherwise to be provided to the Marketing Fund by
ourselves, any Rubio's Affiliate and our and/or their employees or agents,
including persons/entities who may be owned, operated, controlled by, and/or
affiliated with, us (such as an "in-house advertising agency") or which may be
independent. We may use the Marketing Fund to compensate and reimburse any such
persons/entities (including ourselves) as we deem appropriate in the exercise of
our reasonable business judgment (including payment of commissions) and to
compensate ourselves and/or others for administrative and other services,
materials, etc. rendered to the Marketing Fund, provided that any compensation
to us or any persons/entities owned, controlled and/or operated by us will not
be unreasonable in amount.

         We'll cause all Rubio's Stores owned by us to contribute to the
Marketing Fund on the same basis as comparable franchisees. You understand that,
due to differing forms of franchise agreements or otherwise, some Rubio's
franchisees/licensees may have different Marketing Fund and/or other obligations
than in this Agreement. The Marketing Fund Contribution any franchisee/licensee
is required to pay may be decreased by us on a market-by-market, general,
temporary, permanent or other basis as we believe necessary or desirable.

         We may (but are not required to) remit a portion of Marketing Fund
contributions back to a franchisee (or cooperative) on such terms and conditions
as we determine in the exercise of our reasonable business judgment, including
(but not limited to) reimbursement of local advertising expenditures made by a
franchisee and we may waive and/or compromise claims for contributions to,
and/or claims against or with respect to, the Marketing Fund in the exercise of
our reasonable business judgment, using the Marketing Fund to pay any such
claims and related legal and other costs. We'll have sole discretion as to
whether or not we take legal or other action against any franchisee who is in
default of his or her obligations with respect to the Marketing Fund (including
obligations to make contributions) or otherwise and whether a franchisee may be
allowed to make direct advertising expenditures in place of contributions to the
Marketing Fund.

         Except as expressly provided above with respect to the use of the Media
Fund for local and/or regional advertising, we will have no obligation to ensure
that expenditures by the Marketing Fund in or affecting any geographic area are
or will be proportionate or equivalent to the contributions to the Marketing
Fund by Rubio's Stores operating in that geographic area or that any Rubio's
Store will benefit directly or in proportion to its contribution to the
Marketing Fund or from the development of advertising and marketing materials
and/or programs, the placement of advertising or otherwise. We have no
obligation to cause other Rubio's Stores, licensees or outlets (some of which
may be under different arrangements) to contribute to the Marketing Fund, any
cooperative or engage in local marketing. You agree that we will not have any
direct or indirect liability or obligation to you, the Marketing Fund or
otherwise with respect to the management, maintenance, direction, administration
or otherwise of the Marketing Fund. You agree that neither we nor any Rubio's
Affiliate will be liable for any act or omission, whether with respect to the
Marketing Fund or otherwise which is consistent with this Agreement or other
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         You and we, each having a mutual interest in, and agreeing on the
critical practical business importance of, your and our relationship being
governed solely by written instruments signed by the parties to be bound (and
not having either of us subject to the uncertainty and ambiguity inherent in the
application of legal or other concepts not expressly agreed to in writing by you
and us), agree that your and our rights and obligations with respect to the
Marketing Fund and all related matters are governed solely by the express terms
of this Agreement and that this Agreement (and all rights and obligations with
respect to the Marketing Fund) is not in the nature of a "trust," "fiduciary
relationship" or similar special arrangement (neither you nor we intending to
create such relationships and expressly disavowing any such or similar
relationships) and is only an ordinary commercial relationship between
independent businesspersons for their independent economic benefit. We may
maintain Marketing Fund assets in one or more accounts designated as "trust
accounts" (or similarly designated), for purposes of protecting such assets from
claims of third-party creditors or otherwise, but such designation and/or
treatment will not operate to create any "trust," "fiduciary relationship" or
similar special arrangement as to the Marketing Fund, its assets or otherwise.
While we're not required to do so, if we submit any matters with regard to the
Marketing Fund or otherwise for approval to any Franchisee Advisory Council and
approval is granted by a majority of that council, the approval will be binding
on you.

         6.2.     LOCAL STORE MARKETING. Prior to their use by you, samples of
all advertising and promotional materials and programs (including any use of the
Internet, World Wide Web or other electronic media) not prepared or previously
approved by us must be submitted to us, in the form and manner prescribed by us
from time to time, for our review and consent, which we may withhold or
condition as we see fit in the exercise of our reasonable business judgment. If
written disapproval is not received by you within 15 days from the date of
receipt by us of such materials, we will be deemed to have given the required
consent, but we can later retract any consent (whether express or as a result of
such failure to respond) by notice to you. Our review of and consent to your
local store marketing materials is not a representation or a promise that those
materials (utilized in the media you propose) will have a positive effect on the
sales at your Rubio's Store. Our consent only indicates that the materials
properly use the Marks in a manner consistent with our overall marketing plan.

         You won't use any advertising or promotional materials or programs that
we have disapproved or that do not include the copyright, trademark and other
notices required by us. In no event shall your advertising contain any statement
or material which, in the exercise of our reasonable business judgment, may be
considered: (A) in bad taste or offensive to the public or to any group of
persons; (B) defamatory of any person or an attack on any competitor; (C) to
infringe upon the use, without permission, of any other persons' trade name,
trademark, service mark or identification; or (D) inconsistent with our public
image or the public image of the System. We can require that a brief statement
regarding the purchase of Rubio's franchises may be included in all advertising
used by you and that a brochure regarding purchase of Rubio's franchises be
placed in a prominent location in your Rubio's Store.

7.       STORE RECORDS AND REPORTING

         7.1.     BOOKKEEPING AND ACCOUNTING. You'll establish and maintain at
your own expense a bookkeeping, accounting, recordkeeping and records retention
system conforming to requirements prescribed by us from time to time (including,
without limitation, requirements for timely entering of information into
databases of a computer program designated by us and periodic printouts of
reports generated by such computer program).

         Each transaction related to your Rubio's Store will be processed on a
computer system as prescribed by us. You will use (and only use) the cash
register, computer and other systems (including hardware and software) as
designated by us from time to time in the exercise of our reasonable business
judgment. We may, from time to time in the exercise of our reasonable business
judgment, designate different cash register, computer and other systems for use
in your Rubio's Store and may modify such systems, and/or may require you to
obtain management information and similar services from one or more suppliers
designated by us (which may include us and/or affiliates of ours), each of which
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         As directed by us, you will participate in our electronic reporting
system covering sales and other items, with direct interconnection to (and full,
on-line access by) our computer hardware and software systems. You will
continuously use, maintain and update electronic cash register, computer and
other systems (including point-of-sale, back-office and other systems) and
software programs which meet such specifications as we designate, from time to
time in the exercise of our reasonable business judgment, and which, in some
cases, may include components only available from us, our affiliates and/or
suppliers designated by us. You will maintain your systems on-line to provide
full access for computer systems used by us and you will promptly update and
otherwise change your electronic cash register, computer hardware and software
systems as we require from time to time in the exercise of our reasonable
business judgment, at your sole expense. We reserve the right to have full
access to such electronic cash register, computer and other systems and the
sales information and data contained therein and to retrieve, analyze, download
and use the software and all data contained therein (as well as any other
information reported to us) at any time. You will promptly and fully pay all
amounts charged by any supplier or licensor of the systems and programs used by
you, including charges for use, maintenance, support and/or update of these
systems or programs.

         We may require you to obtain specified computer hardware and/or
software, including, without limitation, a license to use proprietary software
developed by us or others. Modification of specifications for the components of
the cash register, computer and other systems may require you to incur costs to
purchase, lease and/or license new or modified computer hardware and/or software
and to obtain service and support for the cash register, computer and other
systems during the term of this Agreement. We cannot estimate the future costs
of the cash register, computer and other systems (or additions, modifications,
maintenance or support) and your related costs may not be fully amortizable over
the remaining term of this Agreement. You agree to pay all costs in connection
with obtaining, maintaining, upgrading, etc. the computer hardware and software
comprising the cash register, computer and other systems (and additions,
modifications, maintenance or support), including (but not limited to) the
services of any "help desk" or other support function, whether provided by us
and/or anyone else. Within 60 days after you receive notice from us, you will
obtain, install and thereafter use the components of the cash register, computer
and other systems that we designate from time to time. We have the right to
charge a reasonable fee for the license, modification, maintenance or support of
proprietary software that we may license to you and other goods and services
that we or any affiliates furnish to you related to the cash register, computer
and other systems.

         7.2.     REPORTS. You will provide to us such information regarding the
operation of your Rubio's Store, and in such form and format, as we specify from
time to time, including by faxed or mailed copies of reports or documents,
including through full, direct, on-line access to your cash register, computer
and other systems, or otherwise as we designate.

         Our current information requirements (which we may expand or otherwise
change from time to time) are as follows:

                  A.       daily forwarding (by hard copy, electronically or
otherwise as we designate) to us of any information from your cash register
and/or other computer systems;

                  B.       within 24 hours after the end of each week (currently
ending on Sunday) a report of Gross Volume by hard copy, electronically or
otherwise as we designate;

                  C.       within 30 days after the end of each fiscal quarter,
a period and year-to-date profit and loss statement and a balance sheet for your
Rubio's Store, prepared, verified and signed by you;

                  D.       within 45 days after the end of each of your fiscal
years, an unaudited fiscal year-end balance sheet, income statement reflecting
all year-end adjustments and statement of changes in financial position, in each
case for your Rubio's Store, prepared in accordance with generally accepted
accounting principles consistently applied, and verified and signed by you. (We
reserve the right to require you, at your own expense, to have audited annual
financial statements prepared by a certified public accountant on an annual
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                  E.       on request by us, such other data, information and
supporting records for such periods as we from time to time require, including
period financial statements, sales tax returns and state and federal income tax
returns. Each report and financial statement submitted by you to us will be
verified as correct and signed by you personally if a sole proprietorship, by a
general partner if a partnership, or by an executive officer if a corporation or
a limited liability company.

         You'll maintain and furnish to us, on request, complete copies of: (1)
all records of or relating to your Rubio's Store; and (2) all income, sales and
other tax returns filed by you reflecting activities of your Rubio's Store for
the most recently completed fiscal years, you hereby waiving any privileges with
regard to any records and/or tax returns.

         7.3.     AUDIT AND INSPECTION. We and/or our designees will have the
right at any time during business hours, and without prior notice to you, to
inspect and/or audit the properties, assets, premises, business records,
bookkeeping and accounting records, sales and income tax records and returns
(you waiving all privileges with respect thereto), cash register tapes,
invoices, payroll records, check stubs and bank deposit receipts, computer files
and other records of, and/or relating in any way to, your Rubio's Store and the
books and records of any person(s), corporation or partnership which holds, or
does business with, the Franchise. You'll fully cooperate with our
representatives and independent accountants/attorneys hired by us to conduct any
such inspection or audit. Our right to audit includes the right to access all
cash registers, computers and other equipment by electronic means.

         If any inspection or audit discloses an understatement of Gross Volume,
you will pay to us, within 5 days after receipt of the inspection or audit
report, the royalty fees and Marketing Fund Contributions due on the amount of
such understatement, plus interest (at the rate and on the terms provided
herein) from the date originally due until the date of payment. If any
inspection or audit is made necessary by your failure to furnish reports,
supporting records, other information or financial statements, or to furnish
reports, records, information or financial statements on a timely basis, or if
an understatement of Gross Volume for any period is determined by any audit or
inspection to be greater than 2%, you will reimburse us for the cost of the
inspection or audit, including, without limitation, the charges of any
independent accountants, and the travel expenses, room and board and applicable
per diem charges for our and their employees. Should any audit reveal an
intentional understatement of Gross Volume for any period in any amount, or an
understatement (whether intentional or not) of Gross Volume for any period to be
greater than 5%, or any other violation of this Agreement, we may terminate all
of your rights, and our obligations, hereunder, in addition to exercising any
other remedies we may have. These remedies are in addition to all other remedies
and rights of ours hereunder or under applicable law, including termination.

8.       COMPUTER HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE SYSTEMS

         8.1.     USE AND MAINTENANCE. Since the effective and efficient
operation of a Rubio's Store is closely connected with the use and maintenance
of appropriate computer hardware and software systems as specified by us, with
direct interconnection to (and access by) our computer hardware and software
systems, you must purchase, use, maintain and update computer and other systems
(including point-of-sale, back-office and other systems) and software programs
which meet our specifications as they evolve over time and which, in some cases,
may only be available through us and/or Rubio's Affiliates. You must maintain
your systems on-line to provide full access for computer systems used by us and
you must promptly update and otherwise change your computer hardware and
software systems as we require from time to time, at your expense. You'll pay
all amounts charged by any supplier or licensor (which may be us or a Rubio's
Affiliate) of the systems and programs used by you, including charges for use,
maintenance, support and/or update of these systems or programs.

         Neither we nor any supplier designated by us or otherwise will have any
liability and/or obligation (and neither you, nor any Affiliate of yours, will
make any claims) with respect to, any failures, errors or otherwise, of or by
(and/or any loss, damage, liability, expense or otherwise caused by or related
to) any computer systems, software, hardware or otherwise, whether or not
provided and/or specified by us, any Rubio's Affiliate and/or any supplier.

         8.2.     RUBIO'S RESTAURANT INFORMATION SYSTEM HELP DESK FEE. On
signing this Agreement, and by January 2 of each year during its term, you will
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("RRIS") Help Desk Fee, pro-rated for any period of less than 12 months, to
compensate us for access to our RRIS Help Desk. As of the date of this
Agreement, the annual RRIS Help Desk Fee is $1,800. We may adjust this fee on an
annual basis to cover the RRIS Help Desk costs we expect to incur in that year.
This fee entitles you to 24 hour per day/7 days per week support for the RRIS,
which currently includes software for a POS system, Back Office System,
Communications/Polling, and Decision Support tools, but may be changed by us
(including deletion/addition/modification of features, benefits or otherwise) in
the future in the exercise of our reasonable business judgment. Hardware costs
and all software/hardware maintenance fees and costs are in addition to this fee
and will be your sole responsibility. If, in our reasonable judgment, the
support required by you is beyond that appropriate for such fee, we may
terminate all such support (and such fee) and/or increase this fee to a level
reasonably appropriate to the service and benefits to be provided.

9.       MODIFICATIONS OF THE SYSTEM

         9.1.     We shall be entitled from time to time, in the exercise of our
reasonable business judgment, to change or modify the System, including
modifications to the Manuals, the menu and menu formats, the Designated
Equipment, the signage, the building and exterior areas of your Rubio's Store
(including the Trade Dress, decor and color schemes), the presentation of the
Marks, the adoption of new administrative forms and methods of reporting and of
payment of any monies owed to us and the adoption and use of new or modified
Marks or copyrighted materials. You shall accept and use or display in your
Rubio's Store any such changes or modifications in the System as if they were a
part of the System at the time this Agreement was executed, and you will make
such expenditures as the changes or modifications in the System may reasonably
require.

         9.2.     Within 30 days after receipt of written notice from us, you
shall begin selling any newly authorized menu items and cease selling any menu
items that are no longer authorized. All food, beverage and merchandise items
authorized for sale at your Rubio's Store shall be offered for sale under the
specific name designated by us. If you have a suggestion for a new menu item or
for a change to an authorized menu item or you desire to participate in a test
market program, you must provide us written notice, and obtain our written
consent, prior to implementation. You shall purchase any additional equipment
and smallwares as we deem reasonably necessary in connection with new menu
items. If we require you to begin offering a new menu item which requires the
purchase of additional equipment, a reasonable period of time, as determined in
the exercise of our reasonable business judgment, shall be provided for the
financing, purchase and installation of any such equipment before such new menu
items must be offered for sale at your Rubio's Store.

         9.3.     Extensive structural changes, major remodeling and renovations
and substantial modifications to existing equipment and improvements to
modernize and conform your Rubio's Store to the image of the System for new
franchised and company restaurants shall be required at our request (but not
more often than every 5 years). Capital expenses necessary for the repair and
maintenance of your Rubio's Store are not subject to the time limitations
described in the preceding sentence. Within 60 days after your receipt of our
written notice regarding the required modernization, you shall prepare and
complete drawings and plans for the required modernization. These drawings and
plans must be submitted to, and their use approved by, us prior to the
commencement of work. You shall complete the required modernization within the
time reasonably specified by us in our written notice.

         9.4.     We shall have the right, in the exercise of our reasonable
business judgment, to waive, defer or permit variations from the standards of
the System or the applicable agreement to any franchisee or prospective
franchisee based on the peculiarities of a particular site, existing building
configuration or circumstance, density of population, business potential, trade
area population or any other condition or circumstances. We shall have the
right, in the exercise of our reasonable business judgment, to deny any such
request we believe would not be in the best interests of the System.

         9.5.     If you develop any new concepts, processes or improvements
relating to the System, whether or not pursuant to an test we authorize, you
promptly shall notify us and provide us with all information regarding the new
concept, process or improvement, all of which shall become our property and
which may be incorporated into the System without any payment to you. You, at
your expense, promptly shall take all actions deemed necessary or desirable by
us to vest in us ownership of such concepts, processes or improvements.


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10.      TRAINING AND GUIDANCE

         10.1.    TRAINING. We'll furnish to you (or a managing partner or owner
of yours consented to by us), and the initial Rubio's Store manager appointed by
you in accordance with this Agreement, an initial training program covering the
operation of a Rubio's Store. We'll furnish the initial training program at a
time and place, and for such period, as we designate in the exercise of our
reasonable business judgment (we're currently requiring approximately 25 days of
pre-opening training.) If you've been previously trained or if an Affiliate of
yours is an operator of a Rubio's Store in Good Standing, we may elect to not
provide training or may provide a revised/shortened training program. You (or a
managing partner or owner of yours consented to by us) and/or the initial
Rubio's Store manager appointed by you must each attend and complete such
training program to our satisfaction (in the exercise of our reasonable business
judgment) before beginning operation of your Rubio's Store. Each manager of your
Rubio's Store must have successfully completed all training required by us. We
may charge a reasonable fee for training of subsequent managers. We can require
successful completion of training by all of your supervisory personnel and we'll
furnish such training program at reasonable charges and at such times and places
as we designate.

         If Franchisee is a business entity, Franchisee's chief executive
officer, operating partner or similar individual must successfully complete such
portion of the initial training (and any subsequent refresher or other training)
as we designate from time to time. (We currently require a minimum of 5 days
training for such individual.)

         If we, in the exercise of our reasonable business judgment, determine
that you (or a managing partner or owner of yours consented to by us) have not
successfully completed (or are not making satisfactory progress in) the initial
training, we may cancel all of your rights (and all of our obligations) under
this Agreement and/or any other agreements with you and return the New Store
Opening Fee (less $12,500 to cover our sales, training and other expenses, among
other things) to you, and you will return all Manuals and you (and each
Affiliate of yours) will execute documentation providing for a General Release,
and we will provide you with a similar release, except that your indemnity,
noncompetition and confidentiality obligations, and the dispute resolution
provisions of this Agreement, including those of Sections 15, 19.5. and 21, will
continue in force and effect. Since the possibility of such termination exists,
you understand that if you make any investments or sign any documents prior to
completion of training, you are at risk. Alternatively, we can (in the exercise
of our reasonable business judgment) require you to hire a substitute manager
and arrange for him/her to complete the training program to our satisfaction.

         If, whether as a result of observations, test results or otherwise
during the initial training or thereafter (including during operation of your
Rubio's Store) we determine, in the exercise of our reasonable business
judgment, that it's appropriate, we can require that you (or a managing partner
or owner of yours consented to by us) and/or a manager appointed by you, at your
sole cost, re-attend and successfully complete training.

         You (or a managing partner or owner of your consented to by us) and
your supervisory personnel must attend additional and/or refresher training
programs (if we designate them as mandatory) conducted at location(s) specified
by us, including national and regional conferences, conventions and meetings,
and your other employees may be required to attend mandatory training programs
presented by us at your Rubio's Store. You and your managers and employees may
attend any additional training programs offered by us from time to time which we
designate as optional. We may charge a fee for any optional training programs.
You'll be responsible for all travel, living, incidental and other expenses and
compensation of you and your personnel attending any training program.

         10.2.    ANNUAL IN-PERSON REVIEW. Once each year, at a time designated
by us, you and your director of operations/manager will, at your expense, meet
with our representatives at our headquarters or another location designated by
us for the purpose of discussing and reviewing your Rubio's Store's operations,
status, financial performance and other matters.

         10.3.    OUR INSPECTIONS. We and/or our agents will have the right, at
any time during business hours, and without prior notice to you, to: (A) inspect
the Premises, the Designated Equipment and other equipment, furniture, fixtures,
signs, operating materials and supplies; (B) observe, photograph and video tape
(or otherwise record) the operations of your Rubio's Store for such periods as
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items for testing and analysis without paying for the samples; (D) interview
personnel of your Rubio's Store; (E) interview customers of your Rubio's Store;
(F) inspect, and/or conduct, supervise or observe a physical count of, the
inventory and assets of your Rubio's Store; and (G) inspect and copy any books,
records, documents or otherwise relating to your Rubio's Store. You'll cooperate
fully with us in connection with such matters. You'll present to your customers
such evaluation forms as are periodically prescribed by us and will participate
and/or request your customers to participate in any surveys performed by or on
behalf of us.

         10.4.    GUIDANCE AND ASSISTANCE. We'll furnish guidance to you with
respect to: (A) specifications, standards and operating procedures utilized by
Rubio's Stores, including any modifications; (B) purchasing approved equipment,
fixtures, signs, inventory, operating materials and supplies; (C) developing and
implementing local advertising and promotional programs; (D) administrative,
bookkeeping, accounting, inventory control and general operating and management
procedures; and (E) establishing and conducting employee training programs at
your Rubio's Store. This guidance can, in the exercise of our reasonable
business judgment, be furnished in the Manuals, bulletins, written reports and
recommendations, other written materials, refresher training programs and/or
telephonic consultations or consultations at our offices or at your Rubio's
Store. You'll follow and comply with this guidance.

         10.5.    MANUALS. During the term of the Franchise, we will loan you
(or allow you electronic or other access to) one copy of the Manuals, containing
mandatory and suggested specifications, standards and operating procedures
prescribed from time to time by us for a Rubio's Store and information relative
to your obligations under this Agreement. We can, in the exercise of our
reasonable business judgment, modify any aspect of the Manuals, or
specifications, standards, policies and procedures of Rubio's Stores, to, among
other things, specify brands, types and/or models of equipment which must be
used by you in the operation of your Rubio's Store, to specify changes in the
Products and Services used and/or offered by you, and/or to specify changes in
the decor, format, image, products, services, operations or otherwise of a
Rubio's Store.

         You'll promptly and continuously comply, at your sole expense, with all
provisions of, and additions/deletions/changes to, the Manuals. You have no
expectation that the Manuals will not be changed over time and you and we, in
fact, anticipate that such changes will take place, in response to competitive
challenges, commercial opportunities and otherwise. You'll keep your copy of the
Manuals current by immediately inserting all modified pages and (at our option)
destroying or returning to us all superseded material. Any such
additions/deletions/changes will take precedence over all prior communications
and in the event of a dispute, the master Manuals maintained at our office shall
control. The provisions of the Manuals as modified from time to time by us and
communicated to you constitute provisions of this Agreement and are binding upon
you. The Manuals contain proprietary information of ours and you agree to keep
the Manuals and information contained therein confidential at all times during
and after the term of this Agreement.

11.      YOUR RUBIO'S STORE -- IMAGE AND OPERATION

         Products sold and Services performed under the Marks have a reputation
for quality. This reputation has been developed and maintained by us, and it is
of the utmost importance to you, us and all other of our franchisees/licensees
that this reputation be maintained. In recognition of the mutual benefits that
come from maintaining the reputation for quality enjoyed by the System, you
covenant and agree, with respect to the operation of your Rubio's Store and the
Products and Services provided in connection with your Rubio's Store, that you
and your employees shall comply with all of the requirements of the System as
set forth in the Manuals or otherwise, and you additionally shall comply with
the following:

         11.1.    UPKEEP OF YOUR RUBIO'S STORE. You shall constantly maintain
and continuously operate your Rubio's Store and all furniture, fixtures,
equipment, furnishings, floor coverings, interior and exterior signage, the
building interior and exterior, interior and exterior lighting, landscaping and
parking lot surfaces in first-class condition and repair in accordance with the
requirements of the System, including all ongoing necessary remodeling,
redecorating, refurbishing and repairs. In addition, you shall promptly and
diligently perform all necessary maintenance, repairs and replacements to your
Rubio's Store as we may prescribe from time to time including


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periodic interior and exterior painting; resurfacing of the parking lot; roof
repairs; and replacement of obsolete or worn out signage, floor coverings,
furnishings, equipment and decor.

         You shall not make any material alterations to your Rubio's Store that
affect operations or the image of the System without our prior written approval.
You acknowledge and agree that the requirements of this Section are both
reasonable and necessary to ensure continued public acceptance and patronage of
Rubio's Stores, to assist your Rubio's Store to compete effectively in the
marketplace and to avoid deterioration of your Rubio's Store.

         11.2.    MAXIMUM OPERATION OF YOUR RUBIO'S STORE. During the term of
this Agreement, you shall use the Premises solely for the operation of your
Rubio's Store and you shall maintain sufficient inventories, adequately staff
each shift with qualified employees and continuously operate your Rubio's Store
at its maximum capacity and efficiency for the minimum number of days and hours
set forth in the Manuals (subject to the requirements of local laws and
licensing requirements). You shall immediately resolve any customer complaints
regarding the quality of food or beverages, service and/or cleanliness of your
Rubio's Store or any similar complaints. When any customer complaints cannot be
immediately resolved, you shall use best efforts to resolve the customer
complaints as soon as practical and shall, whenever feasible, give the customer
the benefit of the doubt.

         11.3.    DESIGNATED EQUIPMENT, PRODUCTS AND/OR SUPPLIERS. We've already
specified, and plan to specify in the future, various suppliers of Designated
Equipment, Products and/or Services to be used or provided by Rubio's Stores and
that meet our standards and requirements, in each case in the exercise of our
reasonable business judgment. Your Rubio's Store will purchase, use and offer
each of, and only, such types, brands and/or quality of Designated Equipment,
menu items, and other Products and Services as we designate and, where we so
require, use only suppliers as designated by us. Designated suppliers may
include, and may be limited to, us and/or companies affiliated with us. We may
designate a single supplier or limited number of suppliers, may designate a
supplier only as to certain items and may concentrate purchases with one or more
suppliers to obtain lower prices, advertising support and/or other benefits in
the exercise of our reasonable business judgment. Specification of a supplier
may be conditioned on requirements relating to frequency of delivery, standards
of service, including prompt attention to complaints, as well as payments,
contributions or other consideration to us, Rubio's Affiliates, the Marketing
Fund and/or otherwise, or other criteria, and may be temporary, pending a
further evaluation of such supplier by us, in each case in the exercise of our
reasonable business judgment.

         In particular, and without limiting the foregoing, all beverages, food
products and paper goods served, and/or used, in or from your Rubio's Store, all
suppliers thereof, and all menu items (including the specific recipes for these
items) must be only those approved by us, in the exercise of our reasonable
business judgment.

         You'll notify us in writing (and submit to us such information,
recipes, specifications, and samples as we request) if you propose to purchase,
use or offer any type, brand and/or quality of items that have not been
previously specified by us, or if you propose to use any supplier who has not
been previously specified by us for the proposed item and will arrange for
pre-payment of reasonable charges connected with our review and evaluation of
any proposal. We'll notify you within a reasonable time whether or not you're
authorized to purchase or use the proposed type, brand and/or model of such
items or to deal with the proposed supplier. We may, from time to time,
withhold, condition and/or revoke our approval of particular items or suppliers
in the exercise of our reasonable business judgment. On receipt of written
notice of revocation, you must immediately cease to sell or use any disapproved
items and cease to deal with or use items from any such suppliers.

         11.4.    SPECIFICATIONS, STANDARDS AND OPERATING PROCEDURES. You agree
to operate your Rubio's Store, and use the Marks, in prompt, continuous and full
compliance with the System and the Manuals, as each is modified by us from time
to time. In particular, you'll promptly comply with all of our ongoing
requirements, standards and operating procedures relating to the operation,
appearance, function, cleanliness, menu, products, ingredients, and otherwise of
a Rubio's Store (including, without limitation, use of specified equipment,
products, services, programs and computer hardware and software), and with our
other requirements for a Rubio's Store, as they may be developed or changed by
us from time to time. You'll purchase, use and offer each of the systems,
services, equipment and products designated by us and, where we so require, use
only suppliers specified by us and will not use or offer any systems, services,
equipment, products or suppliers not specified by us. Mandatory specifications,
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operating procedures prescribed from time to time by us in the Manuals, or
otherwise communicated to you in writing, electronically or otherwise, will
constitute provisions of this Agreement as if fully set forth herein. All
references to this Agreement include all such mandatory specifications,
standards and operating procedures.

         11.5.    COMPLIANCE WITH LAWS AND ETHICAL BUSINESS PRACTICES. You'll
secure and maintain in force, in your name, all required licenses, permits and
certificates relating to the operation of your Rubio's Store. You'll operate
your Rubio's Store in full compliance with all applicable laws, ordinances and
regulations, including, without limitation, laws relating to health regulations,
immigration and discrimination, worker's compensation insurance, unemployment
insurance, and withholding and payment of income taxes, social security taxes
and sales taxes. We make no representations or assurances as to what (if any)
licenses, permits, authorizations or otherwise may be required in connection
with your establishment or operation of your Rubio's Store and it's your sole
responsibility to determine what licenses, permits, authorizations or otherwise
are required and to obtain them, all at your sole cost. All advertising by you
will be completely factual, in good taste in the exercise of our reasonable
business judgment, and will conform to high standards of ethical advertising.
You will, in all dealings with your customers, suppliers and public officials,
adhere to high standards of honesty, integrity, fair dealing and ethical
conduct, in each case above and beyond merely legal requirements. You'll refrain
from any business or advertising practice which may be injurious to our business
and the goodwill associated with the Marks and other Rubio's Stores. You'll
notify us in writing within 5 days of the commencement of any action, suit, or
proceeding, and of the issuance of any order, writ, injunction, award, or decree
of any court, agency, or other governmental instrumentality, which relates to,
or which may affect the operation or financial condition of, you and/or your
Rubio's Store.

         11.6.    MANAGEMENT AND PERSONNEL. Your Rubio's Store must be
personally managed on a full-time basis by a person who has successfully
completed all training required by us and meets all of our other then-current
standards. Although we don't require it, we strongly recommend that you
personally manage your Rubio's Store on an "on-premises" basis: absentee
ownership is not recommended by us and exposes you to a greater risk of failure
than if you are personally involved, on a full time basis, in the on-site daily
management of your Rubio's Store. Training for the first Rubio's Store manager
is included in the New Store Opening Fee but you'll be responsible for all
travel, meals, lodging and similar costs for all persons attending training and
we may charge a reasonable training fee for training subsequent Rubio's Store
managers. You'll keep us advised of the identities of the manager and other
supervisors of your Rubio's Store, and we'll have the right to deal with the
manager on matters pertaining to day-to-day operations of, and reporting
requirements for, your Rubio's Store. We reserve the right to review any
agreements between you and your manager and to require the manager to sign
confidentiality, noncompetition and other agreements acceptable to us. We
strongly recommend, but do not require, that the manager of your Rubio's Store
have a profit participation in your Rubio's Store. You'll hire all employees of
your Rubio's Store and will be solely responsible for their supervision and
possible termination, the terms of their employment and compensation and for the
proper training of such employees in the operation of your Rubio's Store. You'll
establish and maintain at your Rubio's Store an ongoing training program,
meeting our standards, for new and continuing employees.

         11.7.    SIGNS AND LOGOS. Subject to local ordinances, you shall
prominently display in and upon the land and buildings of the Premises interior
and exterior signs and logos using the name "RUBIO'S," and those other names,
marks, advertising signs and logos, of such nature, form, color, number,
location and size, and containing that material as we may from time to time
direct. You shall not display in or upon the Premises any sign, logo or
advertising media of any kind to which we object.

         11.8.    INSURANCE. You'll maintain in force insurance policies issued
by carriers approved by us covering various risks, as specified by us from time
to time, including (but not limited to) the following: (A) comprehensive general
liability insurance against claims for bodily and personal injury, death and
property damage caused by, or occurring in conjunction with, your Rubio's Store,
under one or more policies of insurance containing minimum liability coverage
prescribed by us from time to time; (B) all risk property and casualty insurance
for the replacement value of your Rubio's Store and all associated items
(including, but not limited to, leasehold improvements, furniture, fixtures,
equipment, signs, inventory, supplies, and materials); and (C) business
interruption insurance providing for continued payment of all amounts due (or to
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         We may periodically specify the types and amounts of coverage required
under such insurance policies and require different and/or additional kinds of
insurance at any time, including excess liability insurance. Each insurance
policy must name us as an additional insured, will contain a waiver of all
subrogation rights against us, Rubio's Affiliates and any successors and
assigns, and will provide for 30 days' prior written notice to us of any
material modifications, cancellation, or expiration of such policies.

         On request by us, you'll furnish us with: (1) a copy of each renewal or
replacement insurance policy to be maintained by you for the immediately
following term; and (2) evidence of pre-payment of the premium and proof of
coverage. If you fail to maintain required insurance coverage, or to furnish
satisfactory evidence thereof and the payment of the premiums therefor, we, in
addition to our other rights and remedies hereunder, may (but aren't required
to) obtain such insurance coverage on your behalf and you'll fully cooperate
with us in our efforts to obtain the insurance policies, promptly execute all
forms or instruments required, allow any required inspections of your Rubio's
Store, and pay to us, on demand, any costs and premiums incurred by us.

         Your obligations to maintain insurance coverage will not be affected by
reason of any separate insurance maintained by us, nor will the maintenance of
such insurance relieve you of any obligations under this Agreement or otherwise.
You acknowledge that no requirement for insurance contained in this Agreement
constitutes advice or a representation by us that only such policies, in such
amounts, are necessary to protect you from losses in connection with your
business under this Agreement. Maintenance of this insurance, and your
performance of your obligations under this Section, shall not relieve you of
liability under the indemnification provisions of this Agreement.

         11.9.    PROGRAM PARTICIPATION. We may condition your participation in
any program, whether with suppliers, referral sources or otherwise (including,
but not limited to, any program involving payments from third party suppliers),
as we determine, including, but not limited to, our requiring you to be in
compliance with such standards and qualifications as we designate and/or you
(and each Affiliate of yours) being a Rubio's franchisee in Good Standing and
not in default under this, or any other, agreement with us and/or any Rubio's
Affiliate.

         11.10.   800 NUMBER, SECRET SHOPPERS. In order to (among other things)
maintain and enhance the goodwill associated with the Marks and each Rubio's
Store, we may institute various programs for verifying customer satisfaction
and/or your compliance with all operational and other aspects of the System,
including (but not limited to) an 800 number, secret shoppers or otherwise. We
will share the results of such programs, as they pertain to your Rubio's Store,
with you. You will reimburse us for all costs associated with any and all such
programs. We may fund any or all fees, costs, expenses, etc. related to such
programs from the Marketing Fund.


12.      MARKS

         12.1.    GOODWILL AND OWNERSHIP OF MARKS. Your right to use the Marks
is derived solely from this Agreement and is limited to the operation of a
single Rubio's Store at the Premises in compliance with this Agreement and all
applicable standards, specifications and procedures prescribed by us. You'll use
the Marks only as expressly authorized by us. You won't oppose, or engage in any
acts or omissions inconsistent with, our rights in and to the Marks. Any
unauthorized use of the Marks by you is a breach of this Agreement and an
infringement of our rights in and to the Marks. This Agreement, and your
operation of your Rubio's Store, does not confer any goodwill or other interests
in the Marks on you (other than the right to operate your Rubio's Store in
compliance with this Agreement), all goodwill (whether relating to the Marks or
otherwise) and such interests belonging exclusively to us. All provisions of
this Agreement applicable to the Marks will apply to any other trademarks,
service marks and commercial symbols whenever authorized for use by, and
licensed to, you by us. Any marks or other forms of identification developed by
us in the future will remain our property and you will have no rights in or to
them but we may require you to use them as we direct. You agree that if you
breach any obligation regarding the Marks, we would have no adequate remedy at
law and that we will be entitled to equitable relief with respect to any such
breach. Your rights to the Marks are non-exclusive, are only as set forth in
this Agreement, and we retain the sole right to grant other licenses for the
Marks (in addition to those already granted) and to establish and/or become


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involved with other, similar and/or related businesses and to grant them rights
with respect to the Marks without providing you with any rights.

         12.2.    LIMITATIONS AND USE OF MARKS. Unless we direct or consent (in
writing) otherwise, you will use the Marks as the sole identification in
connection with your Rubio's Store, provided that you'll identify yourself as
the independent owner of your Rubio's Store as prescribed by us. You'll not use
any Mark as part of any corporate or trade name or as your primary business name
or with any prefix, suffix, or other modifying words, terms, designs, or
symbols, or in any modified form. (For example, you wouldn't use "Rubio's of
Alabama, Inc." or "Smith's Rubio's.") You won't use any Mark in connection with
the performance or sale of any unauthorized services or products or at any
location or in any other manner not expressly authorized in writing by us. The
use of any geographic or other designation in connection with the Marks will be
only as permitted by us, you will have no exclusive or other rights with regard
to any geographic or other designation and you will not take any action
inhibiting or otherwise affecting the use of the Marks by any Rubio's franchisee
or anyone else, unless expressly authorized by us in writing. You'll display the
Marks prominently as we require (including copyright, trademark and other
notices) at your Rubio's Store and in connection with advertising and marketing
materials and you won't use any of the Marks so as to negatively affect the
goodwill associated with the Marks. You won't provide any goods or services from
your Rubio's Store or otherwise under any identification or trade name, other
than the Marks. You'll give such trademark and other notices (including notices
of independent ownership) as we direct and will, at your expense, obtain
fictitious or assumed name registrations as may be required under law. You'll
sign such documents and act as required by us from time to time to protect our
interests in the Marks and you won't take any action, or omit to take an action,
so as to jeopardize our interests or their validity or enforceability of the
Marks.

         12.3.    NOTIFICATION OF INFRINGEMENTS AND CLAIMS. You'll immediately
notify us of any apparent or actual infringement of, or challenge to, your use
of any Mark, or any claim by any person of any rights in any Mark, and you won't
communicate with anyone other than us and our counsel in connection with any
such matter. We'll have sole discretion to take such action as we deem
appropriate in connection with such (or any related) matters, and the right to
control exclusively any settlement, litigation or Patent and Trademark Office or
other proceeding arising out of or related to any such matters or otherwise
relating to any Mark. You'll execute any and all instruments and documents,
render such assistance, and do such acts and things as may, in our opinion, be
advisable to protect and maintain our interests in any litigation or other
proceeding or to otherwise protect and maintain our interests in the Marks.

         12.4.    DISCONTINUANCE OF USE OF MARKS. If it becomes advisable at any
time in the exercise of our reasonable business judgment for you to modify or
discontinue the use of any of the Marks or use one or more additional or
substitute trademarks or service marks, you will promptly comply (at your sole
expense) with our directions to modify or otherwise discontinue the use of such
Marks, or use one or more additional or substitute trademarks or service marks,
including (but not limited to) replacement of all signage, etc. We won't have
any liability or obligation (whether of defense, indemnity, expense
reimbursement or otherwise) to you, and you agree to make no claim, for, or in
connection with, any modification, discontinuance or otherwise, and/or any
dispute regarding the Marks and/or your and/or our rights in or to them. We make
no guarantee that a modification, discontinuance or otherwise may not be
required, whether as a result of expiration, termination or limitation of our
rights to the Marks or otherwise.

         You understand that there is always a possibility that there might be
one or more businesses, similar to the business covered by the Franchise,
operating in or near the area(s) where you may do business or otherwise, using a
name and/or marks similar to ours and with superior rights to such name and/or
marks as a result of prior use or otherwise. We strongly urge you to research
this possibility, using telephone directories, local filings and other means,
prior to your signing this Agreement, any other documents, expending or paying
any sums or making any commitments and you understand that if you fail to do so,
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13.      ORGANIZATION OF FRANCHISEE

         13.1.    REPRESENTATIONS. If Franchisee is a corporation, a limited
liability company or a partnership, you make the following representations and
warranties: (A) you are duly organized and validly existing under the laws of
the state of your formation; (B) you are qualified to do business in the state
in which the Premises are located; (C) execution of this Agreement and the
development and operation of your Rubio's Store is permitted by your governing
documents; and (D) unless otherwise approved by us in writing, your Articles of
Incorporation, Articles of Organization or written partnership agreement shall
at all times provide that your activities are limited exclusively to the
development and operation of Rubio's Stores.

         13.2.    GOVERNING DOCUMENTS. If Franchisee is a corporation, a limited
liability company or a partnership, copies of all of Franchisee's governing
documents (E.G., Articles of Incorporation/Organization, partnership agreement,
etc.) have been furnished to us. When any of these governing documents are
modified or changed, you promptly shall provide copies to us.

         13.3.    OWNERSHIP INTERESTS. If Franchisee is a corporation, a limited
liability company or a partnership, you have provided to us a list of the name,
address and ownership interest held by each person or entity with a legal or
beneficial ownership interest in you ("Ownership List"). You shall comply with
Section 14.2. prior to any change in ownership interests and shall provide us an
updated Ownership List as changes occur in order to ensure that the Ownership
List provided to us is true, accurate and complete at all times. The
requirements of this Section 13.3 shall apply only to your Control Group
(defined in Section 13.5.) if, as of the date of the first franchise-related
agreement between Franchisee and us, Franchisee was a publicly-held entity
(I.E., an entity THAT has a class of securities traded on a recognized
securities exchange or quoted on the inter-dealer quotation sheets known as the
"pink sheets.").

         13.4.    RESTRICTIVE LEGEND. If Franchisee is a corporation, you shall
maintain stop-transfer instructions against the transfer on your records of any
voting securities. If Franchisee is a corporation, a limited liability company
or a partnership, each stock or membership certificate shall provide that any
assignment or transfer of ownership interests is subject to the restrictions
imposed by this Agreement and the Franchise Agreement(s) we and you will enter.

         13.5.    CONTROL GROUP. If Franchisee is a corporation, a limited
liability company or a partnership, Exhibit 1 lists those persons who we and you
have designated as your "Control Group" who, at all times, shall own at least
51% of all legal and beneficial ownership interests in you. In the event of any
change in the Control Group or in the ownership interests of any member of the
Control Group, you shall timely provide us written notice of the change.

         13.6.    GUARANTEES. All members of the Control Group shall jointly and
severally guarantee payment and performance under this Agreement and shall bind
themselves to the terms of this Agreement pursuant to the attached Guarantee and
Assumption of Franchisee's Obligations ("Guarantee"). Unless Franchisee is a
publicly-held entity, all of your executive officers and holders of a legal or
beneficial interest of 10% or more ("10% Owners") also shall bind themselves to
the terms of this Agreement pursuant to the attached Guarantee. Notwithstanding
the foregoing, we reserve the right, in the exercise of our reasonable business
judgment, to waive the requirement that some or all of the previously described
individuals execute the attached Guarantee. We also reserve the right to require
any guarantor to provide personal financial statements to us from time to time.

         13.7.    AUTHORIZED AGENT. Franchisee shall designate and retain an
individual to serve as your Authorized Agent to act on your behalf and to make
any and all commitments on your behalf. The Authorized Agent, as of the date if
this Agreement, is identified in Exhibit 1. We may deal exclusively with the
Authorized Agent on all matters pertaining to this Agreement until we receive
written notice from you of the appointment of a new Authorized Agent who we have
approved. The Authorized Agent shall meet all of the following qualifications:

                  A.       The Authorized Agent, at all times, shall have an
equity ownership interest in you unless you were a publicly-held entity or a
wholly-owned subsidiary of a publicly-held entity as of the date of the first
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                  B.       The Authorized Agent, at all times, shall be a member
of the Control Group and have full control over the day-to-day operation of the
your Rubio's Store.

                  C.       The Authorized Agent shall devote best efforts to
supervising the operation of your Rubio's Stores.

                  D.       The Authorized Agent shall be responsible to ensure
that your Rubio's Store is staffed at all times by an individual(s) that have
successfully completed our training program and will ensure that those
individuals maintain a certified trained status and will obtain additional or
remedial training as we may require.

         If the Authorized Agent no longer meets these qualifications, you shall
designate another person to act as Authorized Agent within 30 days of the date
of failing to remain qualified.

14.      TRANSFERABILITY OF INTEREST

         14.1.    TRANSFERS BY US. We have the absolute, unrestricted right,
exercisable at any time, to transfer and assign all or any part of our rights
and obligations under this Agreement to any person or legal entity without your
consent. If we transfer this Agreement, or any and/or all of our rights and/or
obligations under it, all our past, current and future obligations to you will
cease and be forever extinguished. We also have the right, from time to time, to
delegate the performance of any portion or all of our obligations and duties
under this Agreement to designees, whether affiliates, agents or independent
contractors with whom we have contracted to provide this service.

         You expressly recognize that we, without your consent, may sell our
assets, the Marks or the System outright to a third party; may merge, acquire
other corporations or entities, or be acquired by another corporation or other
entity; may undertake a refinancing, recapitalization, leveraged buy-out or
other economic or financial restructuring; and, with regard to any or all of the
above sales, assignments and dispositions, you expressly and specifically waive
any claims, demands or damages regarding the loss of the Marks (or any
variation) and/or the loss of association with or identification of us as the
franchisor under this Agreement.

14.2.    TRANSFERS BY YOU.

                  A.       You understand and acknowledge that the rights and
duties set forth in this Agreement are personal to you and that we have entered
into this Agreement in reliance on your business skill, financial capacity,
personal character, experience and demonstrated or purported ability in
developing and operating high quality foodservice operations. Accordingly,
neither you nor any immediate or remote successor to any part of your interest
in this Agreement, nor any individual, partnership, corporation or other legal
entity which directly or indirectly controls you shall sell, assign, transfer,
convey, give away, pledge, mortgage, or otherwise encumber any interest in you,
this Agreement or any other assets pertaining to your operations under this
Agreement (collectively "Transfer") without our prior written consent.

         Except as otherwise provided in this Agreement, any purported Transfer,
by operation of law or otherwise, not having our prior written consent shall be
null and void and shall constitute a material breach of this Agreement, for
which we may terminate this Agreement without providing you an opportunity to
cure the breach.

                  B.       You shall advise us in writing of any proposed
Transfer, submit (or cause the proposed transferee to submit) a franchise
application for the proposed transferee, and submit a copy of all contracts and
all other agreements or proposals, and all other information requested by us,
relating to the proposed Transfer. If we do not exercise our right of first
refusal, the decision as to whether or not to approve a proposed Transfer shall
be made by us in the exercise of our reasonable business judgment and shall
include numerous factors deemed relevant by us. These factors may include, but
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                           (1)      The proposed transferee (and if the proposed
transferee is other than an individual, such owners of an interest in the
proposed transferee as we may request) must demonstrate that it has extensive
experience in high quality restaurant operations of a character and complexity
similar to Rubio's Stores; meets the managerial, operational, experience,
quality, character and business standards for a franchisee promulgated by us
from time to time; possesses a good character, business reputation and credit
rating; has an organization whose management culture is compatible with our
management culture; and has adequate financial resources and working capital to
meet the obligations under this Agreement.

                           (2)      The sales price shall not be so high, in our
reasonable judgment, as to jeopardize the ability of the transferee to develop,
maintain, operate and promote the Rubio's Store and meet financial obligations
to us, third party suppliers and creditors. Our decision with respect to a
proposed Transfer shall not create any liability on our part: (A) to the
transferee, if we approves the Transfer and the transferee experiences financial
difficulties; or (B) to the transferor or the proposed transferee, if we
disapprove the Transfer pursuant to this Section 14.2.B.(2) or for other
legitimate business reasons. We have the right, in the exercise of our
reasonable business judgment and without any liability to the transferor or the
proposed transferee, to communicate and counsel with the transferor and the
proposed transferee regarding any aspect of the proposed Transfer.

                           (3)      All of your accrued monetary obligations to
us and Rubio's Affiliates (whether arising under this Agreement or otherwise)
and all other outstanding obligations related to the Rubio's Store (including,
but not limited to, bills from suppliers, taxes, judgments and any required
governmental reports, returns, affidavits or bonds) have been satisfied or, in
our reasonable judgment, adequately provided for. We reserve the right to
require that a reasonable sum of money be placed in escrow to ensure that all of
these obligations are satisfied.

                           (4)      You are not then in material default of any
provision of this Agreement or any other agreement between you and us and/or
Rubio's Affiliates, are not in default beyond the applicable cure period under
any real estate lease, equipment lease or financing instrument relating to the
Rubio's Store and are not in default beyond the applicable cure period with any
vendor or supplier to the Rubio's Store.

                           (5)      You and all guarantors of your obligations
to us execute a General Release.

                  C.       If we approve a proposed Transfer, prior to the
Transfer becoming effective:

                           (1)      The transferor shall pay us a nonrefundable
Transfer fee in an amount not to exceed $5,000 in connection with our review of
the Transfer application.

                           (2)      You and the proposed transferee shall
execute, as directed by us, either an assignment agreement and any amendments to
this Agreement deemed necessary or desirable by us to reflect the Transfer or
our then-current standard form of franchise agreement for a term ending on the
expiration of the Initial Term. In either event, a guarantee of the type
required by Section 13.6. shall be executed by those individuals identified in
Section 13.6. with an interest in the proposed transferee.

                           (3)      The transferor shall remain liable for all
obligations to us incurred before the date of the Transfer and shall execute any
and all instruments reasonably requested by us to evidence that liability.

                  D.       If you are an individual or a partnership and desire
to Transfer this Agreement to a corporation (or limited liability company)
formed for the convenience of ownership, the requirements of Section 14.2.B.
shall apply to such a Transfer, however, you will not be required to pay a
Transfer fee. Notwithstanding such a Transfer, the individual or individuals
that comprise Franchisee shall continue to be jointly and severally bound by,
and personally liable for the timely and complete performance and breach of each
and every provision of this Agreement. Approval by us also will be conditioned
on the following: (1) the corporation (or limited liability company) must be
newly organized; (2) prior to the Transfer, we must receive a copy of the
documents specified in Section 13.2. and the transferee shall comply with the
remaining provisions of Section 13; and (3) you must own all voting securities
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company) or, if you are comprised of more than one individual, each person shall
have the same proportionate ownership interest in the corporation (or the
limited liability company) as prior to the Transfer.

                  E.       On your death or permanent disability or, if
Franchisee is a corporation, limited liability company or partnership, on the
death or permanent disability of the owner of a controlling interest in
Franchisee, the executor, administrator, conservator, guardian or other personal
representative of such person will Transfer his or her interest in this
Agreement and the Franchise, or such interest in Franchisee, to a third party
subject to our approval and all of the provisions of this Section 14.2. Such
disposition of this Agreement and the Franchise, or such interest in Franchisee
(including, without limitation, Transfer by bequest or inheritance), will be
completed within a reasonable time, not to exceed 6 months from the date of
death or permanent disability and will be subject to all the terms and
conditions applicable to Transfers contained in this Section 14.2. Failure to so
Transfer the interest in this Agreement and the Franchise, or such interest in
Franchisee, within said period of time will constitute a breach of this
Agreement. A person shall be deemed to have a "permanent disability" if his
personal, active participation in management of the Rubio's Store is for any
reason curtailed for a continuous period of 6 months.

                  F.       Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 14.2.B.,
the issuance of options or the exercise of options pursuant to a qualified stock
option plan or a qualified employee stock ownership plan shall not be considered
a Transfer and shall not require our prior written approval; provided no more
than a total of 49% of your outstanding voting securities are subject to the
qualified stock option plan or qualified employee stock ownership plan.

                  G.       If you were a publicly-held entity as of the date of
the first franchise-related agreement between you and us, Section 14.2.B. shall
be applicable to transfers of ownership interests in you only if the proposed
Transfer would result in either: (1) 50% or more of your voting securities or
membership interests being held by different owners than as of the date of the
first franchise-related agreement between you and us or any Rubio's Affiliate;
or (2) any change in ownership of your voting securities whereby any existing
owner acquires an additional 10% or more of your voting securities or membership
interests; or (3) any change in the membership of the Control Group.

                  H.       Securities or partnership interests in you may be
sold, by private or public offering, only with our prior written consent
(whether or not our consent is required under any other provision of this
Section), which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld. In addition to the
requirements of Section 14.2.B., prior to the time that any public offering or
private placement of securities or partnership interests in you are made
available to potential investors, you, at your expense, shall deliver to us a
copy of the offering documents. You, at your expense, also shall deliver to us
an opinion of your legal counsel and an opinion of one other legal counsel
selected by us (both of which shall be addressed to us and in a form acceptable
to us) that the offering documents properly use the Marks and accurately
describe your relationship with us and Rubio's Affiliates. The indemnification
provisions of Section 19.5. shall also include any losses or expenses incurred
by us and Rubio's Affiliates in connection with any statements made by or on
behalf of you in any public offering or private placement of your securities.

                  I.       If any party holding any interest in you or in this
Agreement receives a bona fide offer (as determined by us in our reasonable
discretion) from a third party or otherwise desires to undertake any Transfer
that would require our approval (other than a Transfer for convenience of
ownership pursuant to Section 14.2.D.), it shall notify us in writing of the
terms of the proposed Transfer, and shall provide such information and
documentation relating to the proposed Transfer as we may reasonably require. We
or our designee may elect to purchase the interest that the seller proposes to
Transfer any time within 30 days after receipt of written notification, and all
documents and other information required by Section 14.2.B. by sending written
notice to the seller that we or our designee intend to purchase the seller's
interest on the same terms and conditions offered by the third party (except
that we or our designee shall not be obligated to pay any finder's or broker's
fees). In purchasing the interest, we or our designee shall be entitled to set
off any monies owed to us or Rubio's Affiliates by you and we or our designee
shall be entitled to all customary representations and warranties that the
assets are free and clear (or, if not, accurate and complete disclosure) as to:
(1) ownership, condition and title; (2) liens and encumbrances; (3)
environmental and hazardous substances; and (4) validity of contracts inuring to
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         If the offer you receive involves assets in addition to this Agreement,
the Rubio's Store at the Premises and other Rubio's Stores operated by you, the
notice to us shall state the cash value of that portion of the offer received by
you relating to this Agreement, the Rubio's Store at the Premises and those
other Rubio's Stores. If the proposed Transfer provides for payment of
consideration other than cash or it involves intangible benefits, we or our
designee may elect to purchase the interest proposed to be sold for the
reasonable equivalent in cash. If the parties are unable to agree within 30 days
on the reasonable equivalent in cash of the non-cash part of the offer received
by you, or the cash value of the offer received by you relating to this
Agreement, the Rubio's Store at the Premises and other Rubio's Stores operated
by you, the amount shall be determined by two professionally certified
appraisers, you selecting one and we or our designee selecting one. If the
amounts set by the 2 appraisers differ by more than 10%, the 2 appraisers shall
select a 3rd professionally certified appraiser who also shall determine the
amount. The average value set by the appraisers (whether 2 or 3 appraisers as
the case may be) shall be conclusive and we or our designee may exercise the
right of first refusal within 30 days after being advised in writing of the
decision of the appraisers. The cost of the appraisers shall be shared equally
by the parties.

         Our failure to exercise the right of first refusal shall not constitute
approval of the proposed Transfer nor a waiver of any other provision of this
Section 14.2. with respect to a proposed Transfer. If we do not exercise the
right of first refusal, you may not thereafter Transfer the interest at a lower
price or on more favorable terms than those that have been offered to us. We
shall again be given a right of first refusal if a transaction does not close
within 6 months after we elected not to exercise our right of first refusal. In
no event shall you offer the interest for sale or transfer at public auction,
nor at any time shall an offer be made to the public to sell, transfer or
assign, through any advertisement, either in the newspapers or otherwise,
without first having obtained our written approval to the auction or
advertisement.

                  J.       Our consent to any Transfer shall not constitute a
waiver of any claims we may have against the transferring party, nor shall it be
deemed a waiver of our right to demand exact compliance with any of the terms of
this Agreement by the transferee, nor will it be deemed a waiver of our right to
give or withhold approval to future Transfers.

15.      COVENANTS

         15.1.    CONFIDENTIALITY. You acknowledge and agree that we own all
right, title and interest in and to the System. You also acknowledge and agree
that: (A) the System consists of trade secrets and confidential and proprietary
information and know-how that gives us a competitive advantage; (B) we have
taken all measures necessary to protect the trade secrets and the
confidentiality of the proprietary information and know-how comprising the
System; (C) all material or other information now or hereafter provided or
disclosed to you regarding the System is disclosed in confidence; (D) you have
no right to disclose any part of the System to anyone who is not your employee;
(E) you will disclose to your employees only those parts of the System that an
employee needs to know; (F) you will have a system in place to ensure your
employees keep confidential our trade secrets and confidential and proprietary
information and, if requested by us, you shall obtain from those of your
employees reasonably designated by us an executed confidential disclosure
agreement in the form we prescribe; (G) you will not acquire any interest in the
System; and (H) the use or duplication of the System or any part of the System
in any other business would constitute an unfair method of competition, for
which we would be entitled to all legal and equitable remedies, including
injunctive relief, without posting a bond.

         You shall not, during the term of this Agreement or at any time
thereafter, communicate or disclose any trade secrets or confidential or
proprietary information or know-how of the System to any unauthorized person, or
do or perform, directly or indirectly, any other acts injurious or prejudicial
to the Marks or the System. Any and all information, knowledge, know-how and
techniques, including all drawings, materials, equipment, specifications,
recipes, techniques and other data that we designate as confidential shall be
deemed confidential for purposes of this Agreement.

         15.2.    RESTRICTIONS. You acknowledge and agree that: (A) pursuant to
this Agreement, you will have access to valuable trade secrets, specialized
training and confidential information from us regarding the development,
operation, purchasing, sales and marketing methods and techniques of the System;
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opportunities, associations and experience established and acquired by you under
this Agreement are of substantial and material value; (C) in developing the
System, we have made and continue to make substantial investments of time,
technical and commercial research and money; (D) we would be unable adequately
to protect the System and our trade secrets and confidential and proprietary
information against unauthorized use or disclosure and would be unable
adequately to encourage a free exchange of ideas and information among Rubio's
Stores if franchisees were permitted to hold interests in competitive
businesses; and (E) restrictions on your right to hold interests in, or perform
services for, competitive businesses will not hinder your activities.

         Accordingly, you covenant and agree that during the term of this
Agreement and for a period of 24 months following its expiration or earlier
termination, you shall not, either directly or indirectly, for yourself, or
through, on behalf of, or in conjunction with, any person, firm, partnership,
corporation, or other entity, own, maintain, operate, engage in, advise, help,
make loans to, or have any interest in, either directly or indirectly, any: (1)
quick casual or quick service Mexican-themed restaurant; or (2) any restaurant
at which fish tacos comprise more than 10% of sales. During the term of this
Agreement, there is no geographical limitation on this restriction. Following
the expiration or earlier termination of the term of this Agreement, this
restriction shall apply at the Premises and within a 10 mile radius of the
Premises, except as we otherwise approve in writing. This restriction shall not
apply to your existing restaurant operations, if any, which are identified in
Exhibit 1.

         If any part of these restrictions is found to be unreasonable in time
or distance, each month of time or mile of distance may be deemed a separate
unit so that the time or distance may be reduced by appropriate order of the
court to that deemed reasonable. If we file arbitration or litigation to enforce
the post-termination portion of these restrictions, the 24-month period shall
begin running upon the entry of a final, non-appealable judgment.

         15.3.    MODIFICATION. We shall have the right, in the exercise of our
reasonable business judgment, to reduce the scope of any covenant in this
Section 15 effective immediately upon your receipt of written notice, and you
agree that you shall comply forthwith with any covenant as so modified, which
shall be fully enforceable notwithstanding the provisions of Section 19.10.

         15.4.    APPLICABILITY. The restrictions contained in this Section 15
apply to you and all guarantors of your obligations to us, but do not apply to
ownership of less than a 3% legal or beneficial ownership in the outstanding
equity securities of any publicly held corporation by you or any guarantor. The
existence of any claim you or any guarantor may have against us or any Rubio's
Affiliate, whether or not arising from this Agreement, shall not constitute a
defense to the enforcement by us of the provisions of this Section 15.

16.      TERMINATION

         16.1.    GROUNDS FOR TERMINATION. In addition to the grounds for
termination that may be stated elsewhere in this Agreement, we may terminate
this Agreement, and the rights granted by this Agreement, upon written notice to
you without an opportunity to cure upon the occurrence of any of the following
events:

                  A.       You cease to continuously operate your Rubio's Store
for a period in excess of 5 consecutive days, unless the closing is due to an
act of God, fire or other natural disaster or is approved in writing in advance
by us.

                  B.       Execution is levied against your business or
property; suit to foreclose any lien or mortgage against the Premises or
equipment of your Rubio's Store is instituted against you and is not dismissed
(or a bond posted) within 60 days; or the real or personal property of your
Rubio's Store is sold after levy thereupon by any sheriff, marshal or constable.

                  C.       You are insolvent or unable to pay your creditors
(including us); file a petition in bankruptcy, an arrangement for the benefit of
creditors or a petition for reorganization; there is filed against you a
petition in bankruptcy, an arrangement for the benefit of creditors or petition
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dismissed within 60 days of the filing; you make an assignment for the benefit
of creditors; or a receiver or trustee is appointed for you and not dismissed
within 60 days of the appointment.

                  D.       There is a material breach of any obligation under
Section 15.

                  E.       Any Transfer that requires our prior written consent
occurs without you having obtained that prior written consent.

                  F.       We discover that you made a material
misrepresentation or omitted a material fact in the information that was
furnished to us in connection with our decision to enter into this Agreement.

                  G.       You knowingly falsify any report required to be
furnished to us or make any material misrepresentation in your dealings with us.

                  H.       You fail to open your Rubio's Store for business
within 60 days after we first authorize the opening of your Rubio's Store.

                  I.       We make a reasonable determination that continued
operation of your Rubio's Store by you will result in an imminent danger to
public health or safety.

                  J.       You lose possession of the Premises through your own
fault or your failure to extend the lease for the Premises through the Initial
Term of this Agreement.

                  K.       You or any member of the Control Group are convicted
of, or plead no contest to, a felony charge; a crime involving moral turpitude;
or any other crime or offense that is reasonably likely, in our sole opinion to
adversely affect us or the System.

                  L.       You or any member of the Control Group remain in
default beyond the applicable cure period under any other agreement with us or
any Rubio's Affiliate; provided that, if the default is by a member of the
Control Group, you receive written notice of the default and a 30 day period to
cure the default.

                  M.       You fail or refuse to comply with any other provision
of this Agreement and do not correct the failure or refusal within 30 days (10
days for monetary defaults) after receiving written notice of default. Except
for monetary defaults, if the default cannot be corrected within 30 days, you
shall have that additional time to correct the default as reasonably required
(not to exceed 90 days) provided that you begin taking the actions necessary to
correct the default during the 30-day cure period and diligently and in good
faith pursue those actions to completion. You will be in default under this
Section 16.1M. for any failure to materially comply with any of the requirements
imposed by this Agreement, or to carry out the terms of this Agreement in good
faith. If you have received 2 or more notices of default pursuant to this
Section 16.1.M. within the previous 12 months, we shall be entitled to send you
a notice of termination upon your next default under this Section 16.1.M. in
that 12-month period without providing you an opportunity to remedy that
default.

         16.2.    TERMINATION FOLLOWING INSPECTION. We have the right to
periodically conduct inspections of your Rubio's Store to evaluate your
compliance with the System and this Agreement. Following each inspection, we
will provide you an inspection report listing your score on the inspection and
those conditions at your Rubio's Store that must be rectified. If you fail to
achieve a passing Systems Standards Score on an inspection, the inspection
report shall constitute a notice of default. If you fail to achieve a passing
Systems Standards Score on the next inspection (which shall be conducted at
least 30 days after your receipt of the inspection report for the prior
inspection), we may terminate this Agreement, without opportunity to cure, by
providing you written notice of termination along with the inspection report.

         16.3.    STATUTORY LIMITATIONS. If any valid, applicable law or
regulation of a competent governmental authority with jurisdiction over this
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forth in this Section, this Agreement will be deemed amended to conform to the
minimum notice or cure period required by the applicable law or regulation.

         16.4.    EXTENDED CURE PERIOD. Notwithstanding anything contained
herein to the contrary, where we have the right to terminate this Agreement, we
shall have the right, to be exercised in the exercise of our reasonable business
judgment, to grant to you an extended period of time to cure the breach which
gave rise to our right to terminate. You acknowledge that our election to grant
such an extended cure period shall not operate as a waiver of any of our rights
hereunder and that, in consideration for and at the time of such an extension,
you and all guarantors of your obligations to us will execute a General Release.

         16.5.    OUR RIGHT TO DISCONTINUE PRODUCTS/SERVICES TO YOU AFTER
ISSUANCE OF NOTICE OF DEFAULT. If we issue a notice of default, we and each
Rubio's Affiliate will have the right, in addition to our other rights and
remedies, to discontinue selling and/or providing any goods and/or services to
you until you have cured all defaults and we and/or Rubio's Affiliates may cease
providing such items to you or require you to pay cash on delivery by certified
check until such time as you correct this problem.

17.      OBLIGATIONS ON TERMINATION OR EXPIRATION

         Upon termination or expiration of this Agreement:

         17.1.    Since your ownership of the Franchise is controlled by the
provisions of this Agreement, you will have no equity or other continuing
interest in the Franchise, any goodwill associated with it or otherwise, or any
right to compensation, return of amounts paid or otherwise.

         17.2.    You immediately shall pay us and each Rubio's Affiliates all
sums due and owing us and each Rubio's Affiliate pursuant to this Agreement.

         17.3.    You promptly shall return to us the Manuals, any copies of the
Manuals and all other materials and information furnished by us or a Rubio's
Affiliate and you promptly shall return to us, in good condition and repair
excepting normal wear and tear, all computer software, disks, tapes and other
magnetic storage media.

         17.4.    You and all persons subject to the covenants contained in
Section 15 shall continue to abide by those covenants and shall not, directly or
indirectly, take any action that violates those covenants. If the noncompetition
covenant contained in Section 15.2. is unenforceable or is reduced to a level
which we, in the exercise of our reasonable business judgment, find
unacceptable, we may, in the alternative, require you to pay a fee (either on a
present value basis or over time, as we select) of 1/2 of the royalty fees which
would be payable if the business in question was a franchised Rubio's Store, for
a period of 24 months after termination, expiration or repurchase, such amount
having been jointly selected by you and us as fair and appropriate damages and
in consideration of: (A) the difficulty of accurately predicting actual damages;
(B) the fact you will inevitably benefit in the operation of such business from
your training and experience as a Rubio's franchisee; (C) the possible impact on
the expansion and operation of the System, including the expense and difficulty
of a sale of a franchise in the area of operation of such a business; and (D)
you not having any rights, nor we having any obligations, under this Agreement
or otherwise during such period.

         17.5.    You immediately shall discontinue all use of the Marks in
connection with your Rubio's Store and of any and all items bearing the Marks;
remove the Marks from your Rubio's Store and from clothing, signs, materials,
motor vehicles and other items owned or used by you in the operation of your
Rubio's Store; cancel all advertising for your Rubio's Store that contains the
Marks (including telephone directory listings); and take such action as may be
necessary to cancel any filings or registrations for your Rubio's Store that
contain any Marks.

         17.6.    You promptly shall make such alterations and modifications to
the Premises as may be necessary to clearly distinguish to the public the
Premises from its former appearance and also make those specific additional
changes as us may request for that purpose. If you fail to promptly make these
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have the right (at your expense, to be paid upon your receipt of an invoice from
us) to do so without being guilty of trespass or other tort.

         17.7.    You shall furnish us, within 30 days after the effective date
of termination or expiration, evidence (certified to be true, complete, accurate
and correct by your chief executive officer) reasonably satisfactory to us of
your compliance with Sections 17.2. through 17.6.

         17.8.    You shall not, except with respect to a restaurant franchised
by us or a Rubio's Affiliate which is then open and operating pursuant to an
effective franchise agreement: (A) operate or do business under any name or in
any manner that might tend to give the public the impression that you are
connected in any way with us or Rubio's Affiliates or have any right to use the
System or the Marks; (B) make use or avail yourself of any of the materials or
information furnished or disclosed by us or a Rubio's Affiliate under this
Agreement or disclose or reveal any such materials or information or any portion
thereof to anyone else; or (C) assist anyone not licensed by us or Rubio's
Affiliates to construct or equip a foodservice outlet substantially similar to a
Rubio's Store.

18.      OPTION TO PURCHASE

         18.1.    Upon the expiration or termination of this Agreement for any
reason, we shall give written notice to you, within 30 days after the effective
date of termination or expiration, if we intend to exercise our option to
purchase from you some or all of the assets used in your Rubio's Store
("Assets"). As used in this Section 18, "Assets" shall mean and include, without
limitation, leasehold improvements, equipment, vehicles, furnishings, fixtures,
signs and inventory (non-perishable products, materials and supplies) used in
your Rubio's Store, and the real estate fee simple or the lease or sublease for
the Premises. We shall have the unrestricted right to assign this option to
purchase the Assets. We or our assignee shall be entitled to all customary
representations and warranties that the Assets are free and clear (or, if not,
accurate and complete disclosure) as to: (A) ownership, condition and title; (B)
liens and encumbrances; (C) environmental and hazardous substances; and (D)
validity of contracts and liabilities inuring to us or affecting the Assets,
whether contingent or otherwise.

         18.2.    The purchase price for the Assets ("Purchase Price") shall be
their fair market value, (or, for leased assets, the fair market value of your
lease) determined as of the effective date of purchase in a manner that accounts
for reasonable depreciation and condition of the Assets; provided, however, that
the Purchase Price shall take into account the termination of this Agreement.
Further, the Purchase Price for the Assets shall not contain any factor or
increment for any trademark, service mark or other commercial symbol used in
connection with the operation of your Rubio's Store nor any goodwill or "going
concern" value for your Rubio's Store. We may exclude from the Assets purchased
in accordance with this Section any equipment, vehicles, furnishings, fixtures,
signs, and inventory that are not approved as meeting then-current standards for
a Rubio's Store or for which you cannot deliver a Bill of Sale in a form
satisfactory to us.

         18.3.    If we and you are unable to agree on the fair market value of
the Assets within 30 days after your receipt of our notice of intent to exercise
our option to purchase the Assets, the fair market value shall be determined by
2 professionally certified appraisers, you selecting one and we selecting one.
If the valuations set by the two appraisers differ by more than 10%, the 2
appraisers shall select a 3rd professionally certified appraiser who also shall
appraise the fair market value of the Assets. The average value set by the
appraisers (whether 2 or 3 appraisers as the case may be) shall be conclusive
and shall be the Purchase Price.

         18.4.    The appraisers shall be given full access to your Rubio's
Store, the Premises and your books and records during customary business hours
to conduct the appraisal and shall value the leasehold improvements, equipment,
furnishings, fixtures, signs and inventory in accordance with the standards of
this Section 18. The appraisers' fees and costs shall be borne equally by us and
you.

         18.5.    Within 10 days after the Purchase Price has been determined,
we may exercise our option to purchase the Assets by so notifying you. The
Purchase Price shall be paid in cash or cash equivalents at the closing of the
purchase ("Closing"), which shall take place no later than 60 days after our
receipt of the valuations set by the appraisers. At the Closing, you shall
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merchantable title to the Assets purchased, free and clear of all liens and
encumbrances (other than liens and security interests acceptable to us or our
assignee), with all sales and other transfer taxes paid by you; (B) all licenses
and permits for your Rubio's Store that may be assigned or transferred, with
appropriate consents, if required; and (C) the lease or sublease for the
Premises, with appropriate consents, if required. If you cannot deliver clear
title to all of the purchased Assets as indicated in this Section, or if there
are other unresolved issues, the Closing shall be accomplished through an
escrow.

         18.6.    Prior to Closing, you and we shall comply with all applicable
legal requirements, including the bulk sales provisions of the Uniform
Commercial Code of the state in which your Rubio's Store is located and the bulk
sales provisions of any applicable tax laws and regulations. You shall, prior to
or simultaneously with the Closing, pay all tax liabilities incurred in
connection with the operation of your Rubio's Store prior to Closing. We shall
have the right to set off against and reduce the Purchase Price by any and all
amounts owed by you to us, and the amount of any encumbrances or liens against
the Assets or any obligations assumed by us.

         18.7.    If we or our assignee exercises the option to purchase,
pending the Closing, we shall have the right to appoint a manager to operate
your Rubio's Store, effective upon your receipt of the notice from us pursuant
to Section 18.5. Alternatively, we may require you to close your Rubio's Store
during such time period without removing any Assets from the Rubio's Store. You
shall maintain in force all insurance policies required under this Agreement
until the Closing. If the Premises are leased, we agree to use reasonable
efforts to effect a termination of the existing lease for the Premises. If the
lease for the Premises is assigned to us or we sublease the Premises from you,
we will indemnify and hold you harmless from any ongoing liability under the
lease from the date we assume possession of the Premises, and you will indemnify
and hold us harmless from any liability under the lease prior to and including
that date. If you own the Premises, we, at our option, will either purchase the
fee simple interest or, upon purchase of the other Assets, enter into a standard
lease with you on terms comparable to those for which similar commercial
properties in the area are then being leased. The initial term of this lease
with you shall be at least 10 years with 4 options to renew of 5 years each and
the rent shall be the fair market rental value of the Premises. If you and we
cannot agree on the fair market rental value of the Premises, then the rental
value shall be determined by appraisers (selected in the manner described in
Section 18.3.).


19.      GENERAL MATTERS

         19.1.    NO WAIVER. Our failure to exercise any power reserved to us,
or our failure to insist upon compliance by you (or anyone else) with any
obligation or condition in this Agreement, any other agreement, any Manuals or
otherwise, and no custom or practice of the parties at variance with the terms
of this Agreement, shall constitute a waiver of our right to demand exact
compliance with the terms of this Agreement, any other agreement, any Manuals or
otherwise. Waiver by us of any of our rights in connection with any particular
default by you (or anyone else) shall not affect or impair our rights with
respect to any subsequent or other default of the same or a different nature,
nor shall any delay, forbearance or omission by us to exercise any power or
rights arising out of any breach or default by you (or anyone else) of any of
the terms, provisions or covenants of this Agreement, any other agreement, any
Manuals or otherwise, affect or impair our rights, nor shall such constitute a
waiver by us of any rights hereunder or the right to declare any subsequent
breach or default.

         Acceptance by us of any payments due to us, and/or our failure to
insist on compliance with any required signing, payment and/or opening or other
date, shall not be deemed to be a waiver by us of that, or any preceding or
other, breach by you of any terms, covenants or conditions of this Agreement or
otherwise. Our failure to give notice of default or to pursue any remedy for a
breach of this or any other agreement shall not affect our right to give notice
of termination upon subsequent defaults or to pursue any remedy upon subsequent
similar or other breaches, under this or any other agreement or in the case of
any other area developer or franchisee.

         19.2.    CONSENTS. Whenever this Agreement requires our prior approval
or consent, you shall make a timely written request to us; and any approval or
consent received, in order to be effective and binding upon us, must be obtained
in writing and be signed by one of our authorized officers. We make no
warranties or guarantees upon which you may rely by providing any waiver,
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Agreement, and we assume no liability or obligation to you in that regard, or by
reason of any neglect, delay, or denial of any request therefor. We shall not,
by virtue of any approvals, advice or services provided to you, assume
responsibility or liability to you or to any third parties to which we would not
otherwise by subject.

         19.3.    RELATIONSHIP OF THE PARTIES. The relationship between us and
you is that of franchisor and franchisee only, the parties have dealt with each
other at arm's length and as businesspersons with equivalent bargaining power
and no other relationship is intended or created hereby. You are in no sense an
agent of ours and all obligations to you are those of Rubio's Restaurants, Inc.
only, no other entity or individual having any obligations to you under this
Agreement or otherwise. Neither you nor any person employed by you shall be, or
shall at any time represent or hold itself out as being, our employee, partner,
joint venturer, subsidiary, subfranchisor, agent or affiliate. You will be an
independent contractor and are in no way authorized to make any contract,
agreement, warranty or representation on behalf of us, or to create any
obligation, express or implied, on behalf of us. You are and shall remain an
independent business entity and nothing in this Agreement or otherwise shall be
construed to create an agency or fiduciary or trust relationship, a partnership
or joint venture, between you and us or any other entity or individual (neither
you nor we intending to create, and expressly disavowing, any such or similar
relationships) and there does not, and will not, exist any fiduciary, trust or
similar special relationship between you and us. Neither you nor we shall act as
the agent of the other, and neither you nor we shall guarantee or become in any
way responsible for the obligations, debts or expenses of the other.

         We are not entitled to share in your profits nor obligated to share in
your losses or liabilities, nor do we have any ownership or equity interest in
you nor can we regulate the hiring or firing of your employees (other than as
specified in this Agreement or any Manuals issued by us) or other persons
performing functions on your behalf nor regulate working conditions or determine
whom you shall accept as customers, except to the extent necessary to protect
our Marks and the goodwill associated therewith. The conduct of your business
shall be determined by your own independent reasonable business judgment and
discretion, subject only to the provisions of this Agreement and the Manuals.

         Each of the rights and benefits of this Agreement which apply to us
shall also apply to all Rubio's Affiliates. The restrictions, obligations and
requirements of this Agreement applying to you will also apply to each Affiliate
of yours, together with each of your owners (if you are a business entity). Any
default by any Affiliate of yours in any obligation to us may be regarded as a
default by you under this Agreement and you will not use any Affiliate or other
means to avoid your obligations to us. In any case, any rights held by us under
this Agreement or otherwise may be exercised, and will benefit, each Rubio's
Affiliate and any other persons/entities we designate.

         19.4.    TAXES. We'll have no liability for any sales, VAT, GST, use,
service, occupation, excise, gross receipts, income, property or other taxes,
whether levied on you, your Rubio's Store or your property, or on us, in
connection with the sales made and/or business conducted by you (except for any
taxes we are required by law to collect from you with respect to purchases from
us.) Payment of all taxes will be your sole responsibility.

         19.5.    INDEMNIFICATION. You're the only one responsible for any
damage, loss or other claims arising out of, or related in any way to, any of
your acts, errors or omissions, whether related to you, your employees, agents
or representatives, your operations or ownership of your Rubio's Store or
otherwise arising. You will indemnify and hold harmless us and all Rubio's
Affiliates from all fines, suits, proceedings, claims, demands, actions, loss,
damages, costs, fees (including attorneys' fees and related expenses) and/or any
other expense, obligation and/or liability of any kind or nature (including, but
not limited to, claims of negligence), however arising, growing out of or
otherwise connected with and/or related to any act, error and/or omission of
yours (including, but not limited to, your ownership and/or operation of your
Rubio's Store, any act or omission of your employees and/or agents, and/or any
Transfer of any interest in this Agreement, your Rubio's Store, the Franchise,
Franchisee or otherwise.) We'll have the right to control all litigation, and
defend and/or settle any claim, against and/or including us and/or the Rubio's
Affiliates or affecting our and/or their interests, in such manner as we deem
appropriate in our reasonable discretion, in each case without affecting our
rights under such indemnity.

         With respect to anything (goods, services or otherwise) provided,
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person/company affiliated in any way with and/or referred/"approved" by us,
other than specific written warranties expressly provided by us in connection
with such items, such items are provided without any warranties, express or
implied, the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose
being expressly disclaimed, nor do there exist any express or implied warranties
on the part of us or any Rubio's Affiliate as to the design, condition,
capacity, performance or any other aspect of such items or their material or
workmanship. Any warranty or other responsibility with respect to any Designated
Equipment, Products and/or Services or otherwise will be those of the
manufacturers or service providers only.

         19.6.    DISCLOSURE. We may, in the exercise of our reasonable business
judgment, disclose, whether in offering circulars or otherwise, any information
relating to your ownership and operation of your Rubio's Store, including (but
not limited to) your name, any address and/or phone number, revenues, expenses,
results of operations or other information but, wherever practicable and legal,
we will make no public disclosures of revenues of your specific Rubio's Store
such that a recipient will be able to match such store-specific revenues with
your ownership of your specific Rubio's Store.

         19.7.    CAPTIONS. Any titles or captions contained in this Agreement
are for convenience of reference only and shall not be deemed part of the
context of this Agreement.

         19.8.    SEVERABILITY. If any provision of this Agreement is deemed to
be invalid or unenforceable for any reason and to any extent, the remainder of
this Agreement shall not be affected thereby, but rather shall be enforced to
the greatest extent permitted by law. In the event of any inconsistencies and/or
conflicts between this Agreement and any other agreement and/or document, the
agreement and/or document which gives us (and/or Rubio's Affiliates) the
greatest rights and/or benefits shall control.

         19.9.    ENTIRE AGREEMENT. This Agreement contains the entire
understanding between the parties with respect to its subject matter and
supersedes any prior understandings and agreements between you and us respecting
its subject matter. You acknowledge that you are a sophisticated businessperson
experienced in franchising, foodservice and/or other businesses, have had the
benefit of advice by your own independent legal counsel (which is strongly
recommended by us), have conducted an independent investigation of the Rubio's
Franchise and business, and recognize that the business venture contemplated by
this Agreement involves speculative business risks and any results will be
primarily dependent upon your ability as an independent businessperson. We
expressly disclaim the making of, and you acknowledge that you have not
received, any representation, promise, warranty or guarantee, express or
implied, as to the potential volume, profits, success or otherwise of any
business venture contemplated by this Agreement. THERE ARE NO REPRESENTATIONS,
WARRANTIES, EARNINGS, REVENUE OR OTHER CLAIMS, AGREEMENTS, PROMISES,
ARRANGEMENTS OR UNDERSTANDINGS, ORAL OR WRITTEN, BETWEEN OR AMONG THE PARTIES
HERETO RELATING TO THE WITHIN SUBJECT MATTER WHICH ARE NOT FULLY EXPRESSED
HEREIN OR WHICH HAVE BEEN RELIED UPON BY THE PARTIES.

         19.10.   AMENDMENTS. Any modification or change in or to this Agreement
must be in writing and signed by each of the parties thereto and this Agreement
and any modification or change thereto must be approved in a writing signed by a
corporate officer of ours before this Agreement or any modification or change
can take effect or bind us.

         19.11.   INSOLVENCY. No corporation, firm or person other than you
shall have or acquire any rights awarded to you hereunder by virtue of any
bankruptcy, insolvency or assignment for the benefit of creditors or
reorganization proceedings, or any receivership or other legal process, either
under attachment, execution or otherwise, or in any manner whatsoever growing
out of any proceeding or suit in law or in equity, without our prior written
consent.

         19.12.   REMEDIES. All rights and remedies of each party will be
cumulative and not alternative, in addition to and not exclusive of any other
rights or remedies which are provided for herein or which may be available at
law or in equity in case of any breach, failure or default or threatened breach,
failure or default of any term, provision or condition of this Agreement or
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20.      NOTICES AND PAYMENTS

         All notices and reports permitted or required to be delivered by the
provisions of this Agreement shall be in writing. All notices or reports to you
or any guarantors of your obligations to us may be addressed to your Authorized
Agent at the notice address set forth in Exhibit 1 and all notices or reports to
us shall be addressed to us at Rubio's Restaurants, Inc., 1902 Wright Place,
Suite 300, Carlsbad, California, 92008 (or our then-current headquarters), to
the attention of the President. Any party may designate a new address for
notices by giving written notice of the new address pursuant to this Section.
Notices shall be effective upon receipt (or first refusal) and may be: (A)
delivered personally; (B) transmitted by facsimile or electronic mail with
electronic confirmation of receipt; (C) mailed in the United States mail,
postage prepaid, certified mail, return receipt requested; or (D) sent via
commercial courier service. All payments required by this Agreement will be
directed to us at our address as specified above. Any required payment or report
not actually received by us during regular business hours on the date due will
be deemed delinquent. Notice to the Authorized Agent shall be deemed effective
as to you, all persons with an ownership interest in you and all guarantors of
your obligations to us.

21.      DISPUTE RESOLUTION

         21.1.    ARBITRATION. Except as provided in Section 21.2., any monetary
claim arising out of or relating to this Agreement, or any breach of this
Agreement, or any controversies, disputes or claims arising between us and you,
including controversies, disputes or claims regarding: (A) any provision of this
Agreement or any other agreement between the parties related to this Agreement;
(B) the relationship of the parties; (C) the validity of this Agreement or any
other agreement between the parties related to this Agreement; or (D) any
specification, standard or operating procedure relating to the establishment or
operation of your Rubio's Store must be submitted to final and binding
arbitration before the American Arbitration Association ("AAA") as the sole and
exclusive remedy.

         The arbitration will be governed by the AAA commercial arbitration
rules in effect on the date the demand for arbitration is filed and shall be
conducted before one neutral arbitrator selected in accordance with the AAA
commercial arbitration rules from the AAA's national or regional arbitrator
lists. The arbitration shall be administered by the AAA office nearest to our
principal offices at the time the demand for arbitration is filed and all
hearings shall take place in the county in which our principal offices are
located at the time the demand for arbitration is filed. Any demand for
arbitration shall specify the amount of damages sought. The arbitrator shall
have no authority to amend or modify the provisions of this Agreement and any
settlement offers made by either party may not be considered by the arbitrator.
The arbitrator may award or otherwise provide for temporary restraining orders,
preliminary injunctions, injunctions, attachments, claim and delivery
proceedings, temporary protective orders, receiverships and other pre-judgment,
equitable and/or interim relief as appropriate pending final resolution by
binding arbitration of a claim, as well as in connection with any such final
resolution, and may issue summary orders disposing of all or part of a claim at
any point. The award and decision of the arbitrator shall be conclusive and
binding upon all parties thereto and judgment upon the award may be entered in
any court of competent jurisdiction, and we and you waive any right to contest
the validity or enforceability of the award.

         We and you agree that each party will provide discovery to the other in
the form of document production and depositions in accordance with the Federal
Rules of Civil Procedure. We and you also will obtain the agreement of the
arbitrator that: (1) the arbitrator shall provide a written ruling, stating in
separate sections the findings of fact and conclusions of law on which his
ruling is based; and (2) the ruling is due not later then 60 days after the
final hearing. This arbitration provision will be deemed to be self-executing
and if you fail to appear at any properly noticed arbitration proceeding, award
may be entered against you despite your failure to appear.

         21.2.    RESERVATIONS. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary
contained in Section 21.1., we may file suit with respect to claims or issues
relating primarily to: (A) the validity, or your use, of any of the Marks or our
other intellectual property; (B) our rights to obtain possession of any real
and/or personal property (including any action in unlawful detailer, ejectment
or otherwise); and (C) our rights to obtain a writ of attachment and/or other
pre-judgment remedies. In addition, either we or you may file suit for the entry
of temporary or preliminary injunctive relief, restraining orders and orders of
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pertaining to your use of the Marks and/or the System. You and we agree that any
judicial actions that either you or we may file: (1) shall, if filed by you, be
filed only in the federal or state court having jurisdiction where our principal
offices are located at the time suit is filed; and (2) may, if filed by us, be
filed in the federal or state court located in the jurisdiction where our
principal offices are located at the time suit is filed or in the jurisdiction
where you reside or do business or where your Rubio's Store is or was located or
where the claim arose.

         21.3.    PRIOR NOTICE OF CLAIMS BY YOU. Prior to you taking any legal
or other action against us and/or any Rubio's Affiliate, whether for
arbitration, damages, injunctive, equitable or other relief (including but not
limited to rescission) and whether by way of claim, counterclaim,
cross-complaint, raised as an affirmative defense, offset or otherwise, you will
first give us 60 days' prior written notice and opportunity to cure such alleged
act or omission (or, if the alleged act or omission cannot reasonably be cured
within that 60 day period, and we are diligently continuing efforts to attempt
to cure such alleged act or omission, such additional time as reasonably
necessary); provided that any dispute regarding our withholding consent with
respect to a proposed Transfer by you may be immediately submitted to
arbitration as provided in Section 21.1.

         Since we and you share a mutual interest in your possible success and
each believe that it's important that any possible business problems be
addressed as soon as possible, we and you agree that if you have any complaint
regarding our failing to perform any obligation to you (including, but not
limited to, training, marketing, operational support, representations by us or
otherwise) you will promptly advise us in writing of such problem within 90 days
of the problem arising, so that we can have an opportunity to correct the
problem. If you fail to so advise us, then, notwithstanding any provision in
this Agreement or otherwise, you'll be forever precluded from taking any legal
or other action against us and/or any of the Rubio's Affiliates, whether for
arbitration, damages, injunctive, equitable or other relief (including but not
limited to rescission) and whether by way of claim, counterclaim,
cross-complaint, raised as an affirmative defense, offset or otherwise, with
regard to the problem.

         21.4.    PERIODS IN WHICH TO MAKE CLAIMS.

                  A.       No arbitration, action or suit (whether by way of
claim, counterclaim, cross-complaint, raised as an affirmative defense, offset
or otherwise) by either we or you may be filed against the other (nor by you
against any Rubio's Affiliate), whether for damages, rescission, injunctive or
any other legal and/or equitable relief, in respect of any alleged breach of
this Agreement, or any other claim of any type, unless such party will have
commenced such arbitration, action or suit before the expiration of the earlier
of: (1) one year after the date on which the state of facts giving rise to the
cause of action comes to the attention of, or should reasonably have come to the
attention of, such party; or (2) one year after the initial occurrence of any
act or omission giving rise to the cause of action, whenever discovered.
Notwithstanding the foregoing limitations, where any federal, state or
provincial law provides for a shorter limitations period than above described,
whether on notice or otherwise, such shorter period will govern.

                  B.       The foregoing limitations may, where brought into
effect by our failure to commence an action within the time periods specified,
operate to exclude our right to sue for damages but will in no case, even on
expiration or lapse of the periods specified or referenced above, operate to
prevent us from: (1) terminating your rights and our obligations under this
Agreement as provided herein and/or under applicable law nor prevent us from
obtaining any appropriate court judgment, order or otherwise which enforces
and/or is otherwise consistent with such termination; or (2) obtaining and/or
enforcing a temporary restraining order, preliminary injunction, permanent
injunction or other equitable relief (whether by an arbitrator or a court) with
respect to any operational non-compliance by you, irrespective of when such
operational non-compliance occurred or came to our attention, in each case you
agree that such relief is appropriate so that we can, among other things,
protect the goodwill inherent in the Marks and the related investments by us and
all other Rubio's franchisees.

                  C.       The limitations set forth in this Section 21.4. will
not apply to our claims arising from or related to: (1) indemnification by you;
(2) your confidentiality, noncompetition or other exclusive relationship
obligations; and/or (3) your unauthorized use of the Marks.


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         21.5.    WAIVERS. We and you waive, to the fullest extent permitted by
law, any right or claim of any consequential, punitive or exemplary damages
against each other and agree that, in the event of a dispute between us, we and
you shall be limited to the recovery of actual damages sustained by either we or
you. We and you waive, to the fullest extent permitted by law, the right to
bring, or be a class member in, any class action proceeding (whether in
arbitration or in a judicial proceeding) and the right to trial by jury.

         21.6.    CHOICE OF LAWS. Except with respect to the applicability of
the Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. ss. 1 et seq. and the effect of federal
preemption of state law by that Act and except to the extent governed by the
United States Trademark Act and other federal laws, or as provided elsewhere in
this Agreement, you and we agree that this Agreement (including any claims,
counterclaims or otherwise by you) and all other matters concerning you and us
(and/or you and any Rubio's Affiliate), including your and our/their respective
rights and obligations, will be governed by, and construed and enforced in
accordance with, the laws of the state of Delaware, without regard to the laws
of such state relating to conflicts of laws or choice of law; except that the
provisions of any law of that state regarding franchises (including, without
limitation, registration, disclosure, or relationship, and the regulations
thereunder) shall not apply unless such state's jurisdictional, definitional and
other requirements are met independently of, and without reference to, this
Section.

         21.7.    SURVIVAL AND CONSTRUCTION. Each provision of this Section 21
will be deemed to be self-executing and continue in full force and effect
subsequent to and notwithstanding the expiration, termination, setting aside,
cancellation, rescission, unenforceability or otherwise of this Agreement (or
any part of it) for any reason, will survive and will govern any claim for
rescission or otherwise. Your noncompetition and confidentiality obligations as
set forth in this Agreement or elsewhere also shall survive the expiration
and/or termination of this Agreement according to their terms, and your
indemnity/hold harmless obligation as set forth in this Agreement or elsewhere
also shall forever survive the expiration and/or termination of this Agreement.
To the maximum extent permitted by law, you waive the effect of any statute of
limitations which would, by lapse of time, limit your duties to observe such
obligations and/or so defend and/or indemnify and/or hold harmless.

         Each provision of this Agreement (including but not limited to those
relating to mandatory arbitration, waiver of jury trial, limitation of damages,
prior notice of claims, shortened periods in which to bring claims, costs and
attorneys' fees, or otherwise) will be construed as independent of, and
severable from, every other provision and if any provisions are deemed to be
unenforceable in any way, such provisions will be modified or interpreted to the
minimum extent necessary to have them comply with the law (including making such
provision mutual in effect) and the remaining provisions of this Agreement will
remain in full force and effect, the parties agreeing that the unenforceability
of any provisions of this Section 21 will not affect the remainder of this
Section 21, notwithstanding any statutory or decisional law to the contrary.

         The rights and obligations of this Agreement run directly between you
and us, are not intended to create any third-party beneficiary or similar rights
or obligations (except for benefits to Rubio's Affiliates) and we do not have
any duty to take any legal or other actions against, or with respect to, any
other Rubio's franchisees in connection with any alleged violation of their
obligations.

         21.8.    ATTORNEYS' FEES.

                  A.       If either party is required to enforce this Agreement
in a judicial or arbitration proceeding, the party prevailing in that proceeding
shall be entitled to reimbursement of costs and expenses, including, but not
limited to, reasonable accountants', attorneys', attorneys' assistants' and
expert witness fees, the cost of investigation and proof of facts, court costs,
other litigation expenses, and travel and living expenses, whether incurred
prior to, in preparation for, or in contemplation of the filing of, any
proceeding. The prevailing party shall be the party that prevails on its claims
regardless of whether judgment is entered in its favor. If there are multiple
claims, the costs and expenses shall be reimbursed accordingly. In any judicial
proceeding, the amount of these costs and expenses will be determined by the
court and not by a jury.


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                  B.       If we are required to utilize legal counsel
(including in-house counsel employed by us or any Rubio's Affiliate) in
connection with any failure by you to comply with this Agreement, you shall
reimburse us for any of the above-listed costs and expenses incurred by us.


22.      ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

         You and each guarantor of your obligations to us expressly acknowledge
that:

         22.1.    You have entered into this agreement as a result of your own
independent investigation, after consultation with an attorney or other
advisor(s) of your choice, and not as a result of any representations of Rubio's
Restaurants, Inc., its agents, officers or employees or anyone else, except as
expressly set forth herein.

         22.2.    The possible success of your Rubio's Store is speculative and
will be largely dependent upon your abilities and efforts and the abilities and
efforts of the guarantors of your obligations, and neither Rubio's Restaurants,
Inc. nor anyone else has made any representation or guarantee to you or any
guarantor that your Rubio's Store will be successful or profitable.

         22.3.    Neither you nor any guarantor of your obligations has received
or relied on (nor have we or anyone else provided) any oral or written: sales,
income or other projections of any kind or nature or any statements,
representations, data, charts, tables, spreadsheets or mathematical calculations
or otherwise which stated or suggested any level or range of actual or potential
sales, costs, income, expenses, profits, cash flow, tax effects or otherwise
with respect to, and neither we nor anyone else has made, nor have you or any
guarantor relied on, any promises, representations or warranties as to any
profits or otherwise you may realize in the operation of, a Rubio's Store, nor
have you or any guarantor received or relied on any representations regarding
any working capital or other funds necessary to reach any "break-even" or any
other financial level. We can't reliably predict, forecast or project future
performance, revenues, profits or otherwise of any Rubio's Store, even including
one owned and/or operated by us, due to the large number of factors outside our
control, and we certainly can't reliably predict what your results might be. We
are unable, and do not attempt, to predict, forecast or project future
performance, revenues, profits or otherwise of any Rubio's Stores. If any such
information, promises, representations and/or warranties has been provided to
you or any guarantor, they haven't been authorized, they should not be relied
on, we will not be bound by them, and, if you or any guarantor does rely on such
information, promises, representations and/or warranties, you and each guarantor
do so at their own risk.

         22.4.    A complete ready-to-sign copy of this Agreement as signed by
you was received by you and each guarantor of your obligations at least 5
business days prior to the earlier of its execution by you and each guarantor or
payment of any amounts, and a complete copy of Rubio's Restaurants, Inc.'s
franchise offering circular, together with all exhibits, was received at least
10 business days prior to the earlier of you and each guarantor signing this
agreement or paying any amounts to us.


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         IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned have executed this Agreement to be
effective the day and year first above written.



                                             RUBIO'S:
ATTEST:                                      RUBIO'S RESTAURANTS, INC.

By:                                          By
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Title:                                       Title
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                                             Date:
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ATTEST/WITNESS:                              FRANCHISEE:

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                                             Date:
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              GUARANTEE AND ASSUMPTION OF FRANCHISEE'S OBLIGATIONS

         In consideration of, and as an inducement to, the execution of the
Rubio's Restaurants Franchise Agreement dated as of _________________
("Agreement") by Rubio's Restaurants, Inc. ("Rubio's"), entered into with
___________________________________________________________ ("Franchisee"), the
undersigned ("Guarantors"), each of whom is a member of Franchisee's Control
Group, a holder of a legal or beneficial interest in Franchisee of 10% or more
("10% Owner") or an executive officer of Franchisee, hereby personally and
unconditionally: (1) guarantee to Rubio's and its successors and assigns, for
the term of the Agreement and thereafter as provided in the Agreement, that
Franchisee shall punctually pay and perform each and every undertaking,
agreement and covenant set forth in the Agreement; (2) agree personally to be
bound by each and every provision in the Agreement, including, without
limitation, the provisions of Sections 15 and 19.5.; and (3) agree personally to
be liable for the breach of each and every provision in this Agreement,
including, without limitation, Section 15.

         Each of the undersigned waives: (A) acceptance and notice of acceptance
by Rubio's of the foregoing undertakings; (B) notice of demand for payment of
any indebtedness or nonperformance of any obligations hereby guaranteed; (C)
protest and notice of default to any party with respect to the indebtedness or
nonperformance of any obligations hereby guaranteed; (D) any right he may have
to require that an action be brought against Franchisee or any other person as a
condition of liability; (E) all rights to payments and claims for reimbursement
or subrogation which any of the undersigned may have against Franchisee arising
as a result of the execution of and performance under this Guarantee by the
undersigned; (F) any law or statute which requires that Rubio's make demand
upon, assert claims against or collect from Franchisee or any others, foreclose
any security interest, sell collateral, exhaust any remedies or take any other
action against Franchisee or any others prior to making any demand upon,
collecting from or taking any action against the undersigned with respect to
this Guarantee; (G) any and all other notices and legal or equitable defenses to
which he may be entitled; and (H) any and all right to have any legal action
under this Guarantee decided by a jury.

         Each of the undersigned consents and agrees that: (I) his direct and
immediate liability under this Guarantee shall be joint and several; (II) he
shall render any payment or performance required under the Agreement upon demand
if Franchisee fails or refuses punctually to do so; (III) such liability shall
not be contingent or conditioned upon pursuit by Rubio's of any remedies against
Franchisee or any other person; (iv) such liability shall not be diminished,
relieved or otherwise affected by any amendment of the Agreement, any extension
of time, credit or other indulgence which Rubio's may from time to time grant to
Franchisee or to any other person including, without limitation, the acceptance
of any partial payment or performance or the compromise or release of any
claims, none of which shall in any way modify or amend this Guarantee, which
shall be continuing and irrevocable during the term of the Agreement and for so
long thereafter as there are monies or obligations owing from Franchisee to
Rubio's or its affiliates under the Agreement; and (V) monies received from any
source by Rubio's for application toward payment of the obligations under the
Agreement and under this Guarantee may be applied in any manner or order deemed
appropriate by Rubio's. In addition, if any of the undersigned ceases to be a
member of the Control Group, a 10% Owner or an executive officer of Franchisee
prior to termination or expiration of the Agreement, that person agrees that his
obligations under this Guarantee shall continue to remain in force and effect
unless Rubio's in its sole discretion, in writing, releases that person from
this Guarantee. Notwithstanding the provisions of the previous sentence, unless
prohibited by applicable law, the obligations contained in Section 15.2. shall
remain in force and effect for a period of 2 years after any such release by
Rubio's. A release by Rubio's of any of the undersigned shall not affect the
obligations of any other Guarantor.

         If Rubio's is required to enforce this Guarantee in a judicial or
arbitration proceeding, the prevailing party in such proceeding shall be
entitled to reimbursement of its costs and expenses, including, but not limited
to, reasonable accountants', attorneys', attorneys' assistants' and expert
witness fees, cost of investigation and proof of facts, court costs, other
litigation expenses and travel and living expenses, whether incurred prior to,
in preparation for or in contemplation of the filing of any such proceeding. The
prevailing party shall be the party that prevails on its claims regardless of
whether judgment is entered in its favor. If there are multiple claims, the
costs and expenses shall be reimbursed accordingly. In any judicial proceeding,
these costs and expenses shall be determined by the court and not by a jury.


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         If Rubio's is required to utilize legal counsel (including in-house
counsel employed by Rubio's or any Rubio's Affiliate) in connection with any
failure by the undersigned to comply with this Guarantee, the undersigned shall
reimburse Rubio's for any of the above-listed costs and expenses incurred by it.

         If any of the following events occur, a default ("Default") under this
Guarantee shall exist: (a) failure of timely payment or performance of the
obligations under this Guarantee; (B) breach of any agreement or representation
contained or referred to in this Guarantee; (C) the death of, appointment of a
guardian for, dissolution of, termination of existence of, loss of good standing
status by, appointment of a receiver for, assignment for the benefit of
creditors of, or the commencement of any insolvency or bankruptcy proceeding by
or against, any of the undersigned; and/or (D) the entry of any monetary
judgment or the assessment against, the filing of any tax lien against, or the
issuance of any writ of garnishment or attachment against any property of or
debts due any of the undersigned. If a Default occurs, the obligations of the
undersigned shall be due immediately and payable without notice.

         This Guarantee shall inure to the benefit of and be binding upon the
parties and their respective heirs, legal representatives, successors and
assigns. Rubio's interests in and rights under this Guarantee are freely
assignable, in whole or in part, by Rubio's. Any assignment shall not release
the undersigned from this Guarantee.

         Sections 21.1. through 21.7. of the Agreement are incorporated by
reference into this Guarantee and all capitalized terms that are not defined in
this Guarantee shall have the meaning given them in the Agreement.


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         IN WITNESS WHEREOF, each of the undersigned has hereunto affixed his
signature, under seal.

                                          GUARANTORS(S):

Date:
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% Ownership Interest in                   Print Name:
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Franchisee:
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                                          Address:
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Date:
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% Ownership Interest in                   Print Name:
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Franchisee:
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                                          Address:
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Date:
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% Ownership Interest in                   Print Name:
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Franchisee:
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                                          Address:
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Date:
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% Ownership Interest in                   Print Name:
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Franchisee:
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                                          Address:
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                                    EXHIBIT 1


1        Premises:
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2        Franchisee's Control Group is comprised of the following:
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3        Franchisee's Authorized Agent:
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4        Franchisee's Existing Restaurant Operations:
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5        Franchisee's Notice Address and Facsimile Number:
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FRANCHISEE TO ACKNOWLEDGE RECEIPT OF THIS EXHIBIT BY INITIALING BELOW:



   YOUR INITIALS:  __________ / __________



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                                    EXHIBIT 2

                       CURRENT FORM OF RELEASING LANGUAGE

                               (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

         RELEASE-GENERAL PROVISIONS. Franchisee(s), jointly and severally,
hereby release and forever discharge us and each and all of the Rubio's
Affiliates (as defined below) of and from any and all causes of action, in law
or in equity, suits, debts, liens, defaults under contracts, leases, agreements
or promises, liabilities, claims, demands, damages, losses, costs or expenses,
of any nature whatsoever, howsoever arising, KNOWN OR UNKNOWN, fixed or
contingent, past or present, that Franchisee(s) (or any of them) now has or may
hereafter have against us or all or any of the Rubio's Affiliates by reason of
any matter, cause or thing whatsoever from the beginning of time to the date
hereof ("Claims"), it being the mutual intention of the parties that this
release be unqualifiedly general in scope and effect and that any Claims against
us or any of the Rubio's Affiliates are hereby forever canceled and forgiven.

         FRANCHISEE(S) ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THEY ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE PROVISIONS OF
CALIFORNIA CIVIL CODE SECTION 1542, WHICH PROVIDES AS FOLLOWS:

         "A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS WHICH THE CREDITOR DOES
         NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN HIS FAVOR AT THE TIME OF EXECUTING THE
         RELEASE, WHICH IF KNOWN BY HIM MUST HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS
         SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR."

         FRANCHISEE(S), BEING AWARE OF THIS CODE SECTION, HEREBY EXPRESSLY WAIVE
ALL OF THEIR RIGHTS THEREUNDER AS WELL AS UNDER ANY OTHER STATUTES OR COMMON LAW
PRINCIPLES OF SIMILAR EFFECT OF ANY APPLICABLE JURISDICTION, INCLUDING, WITHOUT
LIMITATION, CALIFORNIA.

         Franchisee(s) expressly assume the risk of any fact or mistake of fact
of which they may be unaware or that the true facts may be other than any facts
now known or believed to exist by Franchisee(s), and it is Franchisee(s)
intention to forever settle, adjust and compromise any and all present and/or
future disputes with respect to all matters from the beginning of time to the
date of this document finally and forever and without regard to who may or may
not have been correct in their understanding of the facts, law or otherwise. All
releases given by Franchisee(s) are intended to constitute a full, complete,
unconditional and immediate substitution for any and all rights, claims, demands
and causes of action whatsoever which exist, or might have existed, on the date
of this document. Franchisee(s) represent and warrant that they have made such
independent investigation of the facts, law and otherwise pertaining to all
matters discussed, referred to or released in or by this document as
Franchisee(s), in Franchisee(s) independent judgment, believe necessary or
appropriate. Franchisee(s) have not relied on any statement, promise,
representation or otherwise, whether of fact, law or otherwise, or lack of
disclosure of any fact, law or otherwise, by us or any of the Rubio's Affiliates
or anyone else, not expressly set forth herein, in executing this document
and/or the related releases.

         NO ASSIGNMENT OR TRANSFER OF INTEREST. Franchisee(s) represent and
warrant that there has been, and there will be, no assignment or other transfer
of any interest in any Claims that Franchisee(s) may have against us or any or
all of the Rubio's Affiliates, all Claims having been fully and finally
extinguished, and Franchisee(s) agree to forever indemnify and hold us and the
Rubio's Affiliates harmless from any liability, claims, demands, damages,
losses, costs, expenses or attorneys' fees incurred by us or any of the Rubio's
Affiliates as a result of any person asserting any voluntary, involuntary or
other assignment or transfer, or any rights or claims under such assignment or
transfer. It is the intention of the parties that this indemnity does not
require payment by us or any of the Rubio's Affiliates as a condition precedent
to recovery against Franchisee(s) under this indemnity.

         ATTORNEYS' FEES. If Franchisee(s), or anyone acting for, or on behalf
of, Franchisee(s) or claiming to have received, by assignment or otherwise, any
interest in any of the Claims, commence, join in, or in any manner seek relief
through any suit (or otherwise) arising out of, based upon or relating to any of
the Claims released hereunder or in any manner asserts against us or all or any
of the Rubio's Affiliates any of the Claims released hereunder,


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Franchisee(s) agree to pay all attorneys' fees and other costs incurred by us or
any of the Rubio's Affiliates in defending or otherwise responding to said suit
or assertion directly to us or the Rubio's Affiliates incurring such costs.

         "RUBIO'S AFFILIATES." Each and all of the following, whether past,
present and/or future: each and all company(ies) and/or person(s) acting by,
through, under, in concert, affiliated and/or associated in any way with us;
each and all of the partners, shareholders, officers, directors, agents,
attorneys, accountants, and/or employees of us; and/or any of the foregoing, as
well as each and all of the successors and/or assigns of us and/or any of the
foregoing.

         DATE OF RELEASES, JOINT AND SEVERAL LIABILITY. The releases granted
hereunder shall be deemed effective as of both the date hereof and the date of
any transaction in which they are to be issued. The liabilities and obligations
of each of Franchisee(s) (and any other person/entity providing releases to us
or the Rubio's Affiliates) shall be joint and several.

FRANCHISEE TO ACKNOWLEDGE RECEIPT OF THIS EXHIBIT BY INITIALING BELOW:


   YOUR INITIALS:  __________ / __________



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                                     RIDER 1

                       FRANCHISE AGREEMENT EXPIRATION DATE


TO:  ______________________________________________________________


         The Rubio's Store located at ___________________________________ first
opened for business on
____________________________________________________________. The initial term
of the Franchise Agreement for the Rubio's Store expires on __________________.
If you desire to remain a franchisee for the First Renewal Term, you must give
us notice no earlier than _______________ (240 days before the expiration date
of the Franchise Agreement) and no later than _______________ (180 days before
the expiration date).


RUBIO'S RESTAURANTS, INC.



By:
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Title:
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Date:
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Source: OneCLE Business Contracts.