November 15, 2013
Pollo Tropical, the Caribbean-inspired fast casual concept known for its citrus-marinated, fresh, flame-grilled chicken, breaks ground on its first Texas location on Monday, Nov. 18.
The 3,400-square-foot restaurant will be built at 5290 Belt Line Road (at Montfort) with a planned opening in April 2014. It is located near the corporate offices of parent company Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc., which also owns the Taco Cabana brand.
Miami-based Pollo Tropical currently has more than 100 locations in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee, plus more than 30 international franchised locations. The company plans to open between 20-22 new restaurants in 2014.
“Bringing Pollo Tropical to Texas is a huge step in our expansion plans for this brand and of course exciting for us at the home office because it’s right down the street,” said Fiesta Restaurant Group President and CEO Tim Taft. “There is nothing like Pollo Tropical currently in the Texas market, and we feel strongly that Texans will embrace our concept featuring fresh, healthy, hand-prepared foods with a Caribbean twist.”
The extensive menu includes platters, sandwiches, salads, wraps, kids meals and family meals. In addition to grilled chicken, Pollo Tropical offers Mojo Roast Pork and Grilled Tropical Wings, and made-from scratch sides including rice, beans, yuca with garlic sauce, sweet plantains and much more. Pollo Tropical has 10 signature sauces, including Curry Mustard, Guava BBQ, Pineapple Rum and Cilantro Garlic.
The restaurant will bring 45 new jobs to the area. Pollo Tropical is actively recruiting for new management positions for the market.