|Founded||1988 (original) (Miami, Florida)|
|Founder(s)||Larry & Stuart Harris|
|Number of locations||more than 125|
|Key people||SR VP INTL) |
|Products||Marinated chicken, grilled chicken, unique side dishes and fresh favorites such as black beans, yellow rice with vegetables, waffle fries and more.|
|Parent||Fiesta Restaurant Group|
Pollo Tropical (lit. Tropical Chicken in English) is a restaurant chain specializing in the cuisine of the Caribbean. The chain has its headquarters in Kendall, Miami-Dade County, Florida. The restaurant chain is best known for its marinated and grilled chicken served with black beans and rice.
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Pollo Tropical®, a part of Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc., owns and operates more than 95 locations in the United States (Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee) plus four licensed units located on college campuses in Florida. The company has more than 30 international franchised locations in Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela, and N. India and has agreements in place for additional franchised units in Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao and Guatemala. The first Pollo Tropical restaurant opened in 1988 in Miami, Florida. The unique restaurant concept is known for its fresh, never frozen, open flame grilled chicken, marinated in a proprietary blend of tropical fruit juices and spices, as well as authentic “made from scratch” side dishes.
Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. owns, operates and franchises the Pollo Tropical® and Taco Cabana® restaurant brands with more than 260 company-owned and operated restaurants and more than 45 franchised restaurants in the U.S., Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela, and N. India as of June 1, 2013. The brands specialize in the operation of fast-casual, ethnic restaurants that offer distinct and unique flavors with broad appeal at a compelling value. Both brands feature made-from-scratch cooking, fresh salsa bars, and drive-thru service and catering. Fiesta common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol FRGI.
Pollo Tropical operates more than 125 locations in the United States (Florida, Georgia (U.S. State), and Tennessee, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Republica Dominicana and N. India (Saket, New Delhi).
Within the United States, Pollo Tropical owns and operates all of its restaurants, with the exception of "institutional" locations such as airports and universities. Universities which have franchised locations include Florida International University, University of Florida, Florida State University and University of South Florida.
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- "POLLO TROPICAL SIZZLES UP HOT NEW CARIBBEAN CHICKEN FAJITAS AT AN UNBEATABLE $5.99." Pollo Tropical. May 18, 2009. Retrieved on January 9, 2010.
- "Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. 2010 Annual Report." Carrols Restaurant Group. 38. Retrieved on February 2, 2012.
- "SOMERSET ACADEMY SHARKS TAKE A BITE AT FUNDRAISING, BENEFIT AT POLLO TROPICAL® ON APRIL 14." Pollo Tropical. April 6, 2010. Retrieved on February 2, 2012. "7300 NORTH KENDALL DRIVE, EIGHTH FLOOR MIAMI, FLORIDA 33176"
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