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Curing tastebud boredom since 1988

What began in Miami as a simple recipe for citrus-marinated grilled chicken has evolved into a world of tropical flavors, and is quickly transforming into a lifestyle of happy, healthy, laid-back fun. And is continually proving that life’s better under the palm. Welcome to Pollo Tropical® where passion is married to freshness to create a one-of-a-kind experience. Our chickens are free of hormones and trans-fats. From our signature grilled chicken and slow roasted mojo pork, to world-renown Create Your Own TropiChops®, nothing surprises and delights like our fresh-made food served in a Caribbean inspired atmosphere.

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  • 2017
  • Pollo Tropical opens new concept.
  • Pollo Tropical opens new concept featuring a double drive-thru and walk-up counter.

  • Pollo Tropical opened 10 more locations in Florida, 11 more locations in Texas, and 6 more locations in Georgia. While rapidly expanding, Pollo Tropical opened 2 locations in the Austin, Texas-area.

  • Pollo Tropical expands to Austin, Texas.
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • New Look and Expansion
  • Pollo Tropical opened 6 more locations in Florida, 7 more locations in Texas, 2 more locations in Georgia and 2 in the Nashville area. While rapidly expanding, Pollo Tropical rolled out a new restaurant design, “Big Blue” in most markets.

  • Launched Tropical Lite menu, featuring five healthy, happy choices under 510 calories.

  • Happy choices under 510 calories
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • Million Dollar Day - Employees
  • After 26 years, one month and six days, Pollo Tropical posted its first million dollar sales day on Saturday, December 6, 2014.

  • Tim Taft, CEO of Fiesta Restaurant Group®, appeared on CNBC’s Mad Money.

    As of December 15th, Pollo Tropical opened 12 new locations in Florida, 10 locations in Texas, 2 franchisees in Panama and Guatemala and one licensed restaurant at the University of Miami.

    Pollo Tropical opened first Texas location in Addison, March 28, 2014 which we call “Big Blue.”



  • Texas 30 days after groundbreak
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • Smyrna, TN Ribbon Cutting
  • As of December 16, Pollo Tropical opened 13 corporately owned restaurants in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee and four international franchised restaurants in Panama, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Trinidad & Tobago.

    Here the team members stand in front of one of our legacy designed stores.


    Pollo Tropical expands into new international markets with franchisee openings in Costa Rica and Panama.

  • India Franchise
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • Good to Great Award
  • Carrols Corp. bifurcates Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana® to create a new, stand alone, publicly traded company: Fiesta Restaurant Group™, Inc. with CEO Tim Taft.

    A new international market is entered with a franchised unit in Barquisimeto, Venezuela.

    First restaurant in Lawrenceville, Georgia opens.

    Pollo Tropical wins the prestigious Good to Great Award®.

  • Pollo Tropical opens first restaurant in Jacksonville, FL.

    Pollo Tropical enters new international market with a franchised unit in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

    Pollo Tropical earns another Guinness World Record for creating and serving 2,000 pounds of salsa at one of the largest pre-game football parties during the 2010 NFL Super Bowl in Miami. That’s right, we won the Super Bowl of Salsa.

  • Pollo Tropical making salsa for Super Bowl.
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • PR News PR Platinum Award
  • Pollo Tropical enters new international markets with franchised units opening in Freeport, Bahamas, and Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

    PR News recognizes us for its “Helping Handhelds Campaign” with a PR Platinum Award. The campaign was a single-day cell phone collection with a free sandwich or wrap giveaway for each phone donated benefiting Women in Distress. The effort collected more than 2,000 cell phones.


    Pollo Tropical wins the Palm Beach Post Reader’s Choice Award for “Most Unique Chain Restaurant”.

  • Palm Beach Post
  • 2008
  • 2006
  • Cape Coral Opening

    Pollo Tropical goes west and opens in Cape Coral, Pinellas Park, and Tampa.


    Pollo Tropical is voted “Best Chicken Chain” by readers of the New Times.

  • Miami New Times
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • Chef Mike Garcia with Pollo

    Pollo Tropical is awarded Nation’s Restaurant News’ “Hot Concept Award” for innovation and strategy.


    Readers of the Orlando Weekly vote Pollo Tropical as Central Florida’s “Best Chicken Restaurant”.

  • Pollo Tropical Chicken
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • Golden Spoon Award

    Pollo Tropical earns a Florida Trend “Golden Spoon Award” for its unique restaurant concept and citrus marinade.

    Sales reach $100 million milestone.

  • Pollo Tropical wins the Super Bowl of black beans and rice! Created as part of the pre-game events leading up to the 1999 NFL Super Bowl in Miami, Pollo Tropical establishes a Guinness World Record for the largest serving of black beans & rice. The bowl was 10 feet in diameter, and the serving-size weighed more than 3,000 pounds.

  • Guinness World Record
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • Pollo Topical Kitchen
  • Nation’s Restaurant News honors Pollo Tropical in its annual Hot Concept Awards. Winners were recognized for their forward thinking in the foodservice industry by the publications editorial team.

    Founder Larry Harris sells Pollo Tropical to Carrols Corporation.


    Pollo Tropical expands internationally with franchised restaurant openings in Ecuador.

  • Pollo Tropical opens in Ecuador
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • Pollo Tropical on ABC Nightly News

    Pollo Tropical appears on ABC Nightly News for gathering 2,000 people to form a lunchtime conga line through downtown Miami to celebrate its newest location. The event also raised nearly $10,000 for the United Way’s downtown youth center. 


    Pollo Tropical® moves outside the continental US with a franchised restaurant opening in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.

  • Mayagüez
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • Shrimp and Rice from Pollo Tropical

    Pollo Tropical reaches $50 million sales mark.

    Headquarters moves to Dadeland, current location.


    Pollo Tropical goes public through an initial offering of 1.5 million shares.

  • Nasdaq
  • 1993
  • 1988
  • FIrst Pollo Tropical in Miami

    Brothers Larry and Stuart Harris open first Pollo Tropical in Miami at 741 NW 37th Avenue. The restaurant is still there, newly remodeled and better than ever!