May 7, 2013

Pollo Tropical®, famous for its Caribbean-inspired flame grilled chicken, will open its newest restaurant on Friday, May 17 by bringing the beach to Gainesville – in a 12-hour party that will celebrate the brand’s flavor and beach lifestyle, and raise $1,000 for a local charity.

The new Pollo Tropical, located in Butler Plaza at 3900 S.W. Archer Road, will feature its famous Grilled Chicken, Create Your Own TropiChop® Bowls, savory Mojo Roast Pork, an assortment of sides and much more.

The Grand Opening Beach Party begins at 9:00 a.m. and will run through 9:00 p.m.  As part of its grand opening festivities, Pollo Tropical will bring surfing and a virtual beach to Butler Plaza.  The surfing takes place on a surfing simulator that rides atop a wide, cushiony virtual wave.  Surf is up early on Grand Opening morning, setting the stage for the restaurant’s opening at 10:30 a.m.

As part of the festivities, the first 100 guests in line for the restaurant’s 10:30 a.m. opening will have a chance to win Free Pollo Tropical Chicken for a Year!* The beach party will also feature live music, spin & win prize giveaways, appearances by Gainesville media personalities, and a 2:00 p.m. surfing simulator media challenge with the winning media personality donating $1,000 to the charity of their choice, and much more!

Guests will also enjoy the complimentary Salsa Bar, stocked with all the Pollo Tropical favorite sauces including the new Spicy Poyo Poyo Sauce, Cilantro Garlic, Fresh Salsa, Salsa Fuego, Curry Mustard, Guava BBQ and more.  The new Pollo Tropical also features beer, wine, sangria, servers, and the elevated “Pollo on the Go” drive thru.  Pollo Tropical in Gainesville will open daily at 10:30 a.m., seven days a week.

“An all new Pollo Tropical will be the talk of Gainesville,” said Danny Meisenheimer, Pollo Tropical Chief Operating Officer. “Our passion for creating great food and exceptional price-value will keep our guests coming back for years to come.”

For more information about the Pollo Tropical Grand Opening Beach Party in Gainesville, visit pollotropical.com.

A schedule of Grand Opening festivities is as follows:

Pollo Tropical           3900 S.W. Archer Road in Butler Plaza

8:00 a.m.                 Surf’s up!  Morning surfing practice commences

8:00 a.m.                 Line begins to form for Free Pollo Tropical for a Year Giveaway!

(Be among the first 100 guests for a chance to win: only one winner)

9:00 a.m.                 Kiss 105.3 FM features live music

10:30 a.m.               Doors open!

11:00 a.m.               Free Pollo Tropical for a Year! Giveaway winner announced, live music featuring DJ Frankie

11:00 a.m.               Morning surfing practice ends, first surfing contest begins

2:00 p.m.                 Pollo Tropical Gainesville surfing media challenge begins

3:00 p.m.                 Awards ceremony and media challenge charity winner announced

4:00 p.m.                 Surf’s up!  Afternoon surfing practice commences

5:00 p.m.                 Afternoon surfing contest begins

6:00 p.m.                 Live music featuring DJ Frankie continues

7:00 p.m.                 Surf’s up!  Twilight surfing practice commences

8:00 p.m.                 Evening surfing contest begins!  Glow sticks and neon prevail in this unique contest!

9:00 p.m.                 Beach party ends, but Life Under the Palm at Pollo Tropical Begins!

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