Pollo Tropical

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Pollo Tropical
Subsidiary
Industry Restaurants
Genre Caribbean cuisine
Founded 1988 (original) (Miami, Florida)
Founder Larry & Stuart Harris
Headquarters Kendall, Florida
Number of locations
more than 160
Key people

Tim Taft (CEO)

Danny Meisenheimer (COO)
Products Marinated chicken, grilled chicken, unique side dishes and fresh favorites such as black beans, yellow rice with vegetables, yuca and more.
Number of employees
5,200 (2015)
Parent Fiesta Restaurant Group
Website pollotropical.com

Pollo Tropical (literally 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.[1][2] It is best known for marinated and grilled chicken and various sides including black beans and rice.

History[edit]

Pollo Tropical, a subsidiary of Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc., 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 160 locations in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Texas, plus six licensed restaurants on college campuses and 35 franchised locations throughout the Caribbean, Central America, South America and Puerto Rico.

Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. owns, operates and franchises the Pollo Tropical® and Taco Cabana® restaurant brands. The brands specialize in the operation of fast-casual, ethnic restaurants that offer distinct flavors with broad appeal at a compelling value. Both brands feature made-from-scratch cooking, fresh salsa bars, drive-thru service and catering. Fiesta common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol FRGI.

Corporate affairs[edit]

The chain has its headquarters in Miami.[3][4] The headquarters have been located in the Dadeland area of Kendall since 1994.[5]

Locations[edit]

Pollo Tropical operates more than 160 locations in the United States (Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, and Texas), Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, and Guatemala.[6]

Within the United States, Pollo Tropical owns and operates all of its restaurants, with the exception of "institutional" locations such as airports, universities and hospitals. Universities which have franchised locations include Florida International University, University of Florida, Florida State University, University of Miami, University of South Florida and University of Central Florida.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kendall CDP, Florida." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on June 17, 2009.
  2. ^ "POLLO TROPICAL SIZZLES UP HOT NEW CARIBBEAN CHICKEN FAJITAS AT AN UNBEATABLE $5.99." Pollo Tropical. May 18, 2009. Retrieved on January 9, 2010.
  3. ^ "Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. 2010 Annual Report." Carrols Restaurant Group. 38. Retrieved on February 2, 2012.
  4. ^ "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"
  5. ^ a b "About Us."
  6. ^ Pollo Tropical Franchise - Market Penetration

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