Pollo Tropical® Continues Texas Expansion In 2015

Miami's iconic island-inspired chicken restaurant to celebrate another San Antonio location opening May 20

May 18, 2015, 13:39 ET from Pollo Tropical

MIAMI, May 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Pollo Tropical will further its presence in Texas with the May 20 opening of its fourth San Antonio-area location at 20518 U.S. Highway 281 N. Since making its Texas debut in Addison last March, the fast-casual concept has opened more than 15 restaurants statewide, deepening its roots in the home state of its Addison-based parent company, Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. Texas is also home to Pollo Tropical's San Antonio-based sister brand, Taco Cabana®.

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The new restaurant will boast a Caribbean-style design that incorporates bright island colors and details, which help guests soak up the feel of a shoreside retreat while enjoying handmade, island-inspired cuisine. It will host a grand opening celebration from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on May 29. The celebration will include calypso music, prizes and a robosurfer challenge where contestants will compete for first- and second-place prizes of $500 and $300 to go to their favorite charity. One lucky guest will win Free Chicken for a Year*, and the first 100 guests will receive a coupon for a free Create Your Own Family Meal, redeemable on a future visit.

"The San Antonio community has embraced Taco Cabana's sister restaurant with open arms as we continue our expansion in this area," said Pollo Tropical Chief Operating Officer Danny Meisenheimer. "The Spring Branch community can get a real taste of the tropics every day at Pollo Tropical, and we hope to see many new friends at the grand opening celebration on May 29."

Pollo Tropical's menu centers on its signature citrus-marinated grilled chicken and also includes Mojo Roast Pork, Calypso Beef, Grilled Tropical Wings and made-from-scratch sides like rice, beans, yuca and sweet plantains. For a limited time, guests can enjoy new Cheese Empanadas – crispy, sweet corn empanadas filled with creamy, melted cheese – and Tangy Pineapple Chicken, which can be ordered in a wrap or salad.

At Pollo Tropical, savory island spices, herbs and citrus juices are blended into rubs and marinades that enhance the flavors of the fresh dishes. The famous Saucing Island® brings on the flavor – and a little heat – with 10 signature sauces including Curry Mustard, Guava BBQ, Pineapple Rum, Cilantro Garlic and Spicy Poyo-Poyo.

The Tropical Lite menu offers guests tasty, lighter options ranging from 340 to 510 calories that are built around the core Caribbean flavors of the Pollo Tropical menu.

To complement its menu, Pollo Tropical also offers a variety of island-inspired beverages, ranging from Caribbean beers to coconut water and popular Refrescas in tropical breeze and mango peach flavors. Diners can add rum to create a tropical cocktail or a Cuba Libre made with Coca-Cola® and a fresh squeeze of lime.

The 3,400-square-foot restaurant will feature indoor and outdoor seating for more than 90 guests, with limited table service and a convenient drive-thru. Guests can receive a coupon for either a buy one, get one free small TropiChop® or $3 off a family meal by signing up for the Pollo Reward$® loyalty program.

The restaurant is actively recruiting for all positions and plans to hire more than 40 hourly team members. Applications are being accepted at http://pollotropical.com/careers/job-postings/.

*Complete details including contest rules, odds of winning and eligibility can be found online at www.pollotropical.com/community.

About Pollo Tropical
Pollo Tropical, a subsidiary of Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc., is a Caribbean-inspired fast-casual concept known for its fresh, flame-grilled chicken marinated in a proprietary blend of tropical fruit juices and spices. Other craveable island favorites include Mojo Roast Pork and made-from-scratch sides including rice, beans, yuca with garlic sauce, sweet plantains and more. Menu items like the Tropical Citrus Chicken Salad, Guava BBQ Pork Sandwich and Create Your Own TropiChops® can be customized with 10 zesty tropical signature sauces on Pollo Tropical's famous Saucing Island®. Founded in 1988, the Miami-based company currently owns and operates more than 130 locations in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Texas, plus five licensed restaurants on college campuses and 35 franchised locations throughout the Caribbean, Central America, South America and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit Pollo Tropical's website at www.pollotropical.com.

About Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc.
Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc., owns, operates and franchises Pollo Tropical, Taco Cabana® and Cabana Grill® restaurant brands. The brands specialize in the operation of fast-casual, ethnic restaurants that offer distinct and unique flavors with broad appeal at a compelling value. The brands feature made-from-scratch cooking, fresh salsa bars, drive-thru service and catering. For more information about Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc., visit the corporate website at www.frgi.com.

Kerrie Sparks or Lainie Harber


SOURCE Pollo Tropical