Corpus Christi gets two El Pollo Loco restaurants

Corpus Christi fast food chicken game is getting significantly stronger.

El Pollo Loco, the popular California fire-grilled chicken chain, is looking to increase its footprint in Texas. A statement on Thursday announced that it would open two restaurants in Corpus Christi “in the next few years” during the next wave of expansion.

The exact locations of the restaurants were not disclosed.

Tension and vocal inflections tend to build up when people in Texas argue about who makes and sells the best tacos. Will they draw similar lines in the sand when it comes to chicken?

Officials at the southern California-based company clearly hope so as they unveiled plans to expand into other Texan markets as well, including Amarillo, El Paso, Laredo, Lubbock and the Midland-Odessa area.

El Pollo Loco, the long-time popular fire-grilled chicken restaurant chain in California, is expanding with two locations in Corpus Christi.

“We’re excited to expand our footprint and bring El Pollo Loco’s signature chicken, handcrafted Mexican appetizers and a selection of healthy offerings to new communities,” said Brian Carmichall, the company’s chief development officer. “The announcement of the expansion and the upcoming growth in units will certainly appeal to the growing number of consumers looking for healthier options. growing consumer demand for bolder, more flavorful flavors; and seasoned franchisees with a desire to be part of a strong franchisee family. “

El Pollo Loco was founded in Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico in 1974, but made a name for itself in Southern California serving Mexican-style chicken that was grilled over an open flame and hand sliced ​​to order. The grilled chicken serves as the base for a variety of other dishes, including tacos, burritos, quesadillas, bowls, and salads.

El Pollo Loco, the long-running fire-grilled chicken restaurant chain in California, is expanding to two locations in Corpus Christi.

Today the company operates nearly 500 restaurants across the country, including 31 in Texas.

Each restaurant in Corpus Christi will occupy 2,400 square feet and employ up to 50 people, the company said.

The restaurants also look different from most other fast dining restaurants. El Pollo Loco designed its restaurants in such a way that it believes the company is focused on the off-premise business.

A design does not have an indoor dining room. It instead has a takeaway window, double drive-through, roadside parking lot for pick-up, and patio seating, mostly for off-store sales.

The second prototype has an exceptionally small dining room that opens onto a terrace. There will also be a double drive-through and a roadside pick-up car park.

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