Pollo Tropical continues its Texas expansion with the opening of its first Allen location this month. The restaurant is the sixth Pollo Tropical in the DFW area and will be located near Allen High School at 102 S. Central Expressway.
The restaurant's grand opening celebration will be from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Jan. 16. Festivities will include calypso music, a proclamation by local officials and a robosurfer challenge, where contestants will compete for first- and second-place prizes of $500 and $300 for 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.
Pollo Tropical entered the Texas market with its first DFW-area restaurant in Addison in March 2014. The company plans to open five more locations in North Texas this year, including Richardson and Watauga.
"Texans have really embraced the taste of the island flavors that Pollo Tropical offers, with our uniquely tropical twist on fresh, healthy, hand-prepared foods," said Pollo Tropical Chief Operating Officer Danny Meisenheimer. "Our guests can visit every day to explore new items on the menu, and families can enjoy the convenience and variety of meal choices they feel better about eating."
Pollo Tropical's menu is a melting pot of culinary cultures, featuring the distinctive, bold and tangy flavors of the Caribbean. Savory island spices, mixed herbs and citrus are blended into rubs and marinades that enhance the flavors of fresh vegetables, pork, beef and signature chicken dishes. The company has built a loyal following for its fresh, never frozen, bone-in chicken that is marinated in tropical fruit juices and spices and then flame-grilled to perfection and served quartered or halved.
Guests can choose options that include Create Your Own TropiChops®, sandwiches, salads, wraps, platters, kids meals and family meals. In addition to its signature bone-in chicken, Pollo Tropical offers boneless, skinless grilled chicken breasts, Mojo Roast Pork, Calypso Beef and Grilled Tropical Wings. Made-from-scratch sides include rice, beans, yuca with garlic sauce, sweet plantains and many more. The restaurant uses ingredients without added trans fats or hormones.
Pollo Tropical's 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 sauces allow diners to further customize their meals and tempt their taste buds with craveable, zesty, tropical flavors.
To complement its menu, Pollo Tropical also offers diners a variety of island-inspired beverages, ranging from a selection of Caribbean beers to coconut water and popular Refrescas in tropical breeze, mango peach and superfruit punch flavors. Diners can add rum for a tropical cocktail or enjoy a Cuba Libre made with Coca-Cola® and a fresh squeeze of lime.
Guests can watch as fresh food is prepared all day in the restaurant's open kitchen. The 3,400-square-foot restaurant will feature a design influenced by tropical blues and greens, island-inspired lighting and plants, indoor and outdoor seating for 90+ with limited table service, and a convenient drive-thru.
To serve its guests, the Allen restaurant plans to hire more than 40 hourly team members.
Pollo Tropical, a subsidiary of Fiesta Restaurant Group®, 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 124 locations in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Texas, plus five licensed restaurants on college campuses and more than 32 franchised locations throughout the Caribbean, Central America, South America and Puerto Rico.
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