December 21 Marks The “Beginning of the World” in Palm Bay, as the Arrival of the Newest Pollo Tropical® Dismisses All Doomsday Predictions!

First 100 Customers To Make A Purchase For The “Beginning Of The World” Grand Opening Event will Receive Certificates for a Free Pollo Tropical Create Your Own Family Meal!*

PALM BAY, FL (DEC. 10, 2012) – Friday, December 21 may mark the end of the Mayan calendar, but for Pollo Tropical® fans it’s the beginning of something great! The restaurant chain famous for its marinated, flamegrilled chicken and other menu varieties is celebrating the Grand Opening of its newest restaurant in Palm Bay by throwing an all-day “Beginning of the World” Grand Opening Party at the new restaurant in the Shops at Hammock Landing, 4355 Norfolk Parkway.

The Pollo Tropical “Beginning of the World” Grand Opening Party has events throughout the day. The party starts at 9:00 a.m. and is hosted by Adam Alexander of MIX105 FM Radio’s Morning Mix Show. The first 100 customers to make a purchase for the 10:30 a.m. opening of Pollo Tropical will be entered for a chance to win free Pollo Tropical for a Year and will receive certificates good for a Create Your Own Family Meal on their next visit.

The winner of the free Pollo Tropical for a Year will be drawn at random, on-site at 11:00 a.m. The winner must be present to win and claim their prize.

Other grand opening activities include “Beginning of the World” prize drawings hourly from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for those enrolling in PolloReward$™, the rewards program that delivers discounts and special offers via email or mobile text to Pollo Tropical customers; live tropical music throughout the day; and a free evening “Beginning of the World” concert appearance by The Landsharks – beginning at 6:00 p.m.

“We’re excited and proud to bring the famous flavor of Pollo Tropical to the people of Palm Bay, said Danny Meisenheimer, Chief Operating Officer of Pollo Tropical. “This new location broadens the Florida reach of our fresh ingredients, Caribbean inspired side dishes, salsa bar and unique dining experience.”

The Palm Bay Pollo Tropical location in the Shops at Hammock Landing, 4355 Norfolk Parkway, will offer the popular marinated, grilled chicken and made-from-scratch side dishes guests have come to expect from the quick casual chain. Other highlights include table service, complimentary Wi-Fi, as well as beer, wine, sangria and much more. Customers can dine in, take out or use the restaurant’s convenient “Pollo on the Go” drive thru. The restaurant will open daily at 10:30 a.m., seven days a week.

The menu variety includes the famous Pollo Tropical marinated, flame-grilled chicken in addition to Create Your Own TropiChop® Bowls, savory Mojo Roast Pork pulled and served with sautéed onions, Guava BBQ Riblets, Caribbean Fajitas, plus generous portion Family Meals and even Kids’ Meals. An assortment of signature sandwiches and wraps also highlight the menu, including the Chipotle Chicken Sandwich, Classic Chicken Sandwich with Peppadew® Sauce, Guava Pork BBQ Sandwich, Chicken Caesar Wrap, and a Chicken Quesadilla Wrap.

The complimentary salsa bar is 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. Mix and match to your liking with these sauces that are available right at your fingertips.

About Pollo Tropical

Pollo Tropical® , a part of Fiesta Restaurant Group™, owns and operates 90 locations in the United States (Florida and Georgia) plus three licensed units located on college campuses in Florida. The company has 35 international franchised locations in Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Ecuador, Honduras, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela, and Costa Rica and has agreements in place for additional franchised units in Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Guatemala, and N. India. 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. For more information on Pollo Tropical, including menu items and nutritional information as well as information about international franchising, visit online at www.pollotropical.com.

About Fiesta Restaurant Group

Fiesta Restaurant Group owns and operates the Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana® restaurant brands with 250 company-owned and operated restaurants and 43 franchised restaurants in the U.S., Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Trinidad and Venezuela. The brands specialize in the operation of fast-casual, ethnic restaurant brands that offer distinct and unique flavors with a 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. For more information about Fiesta Restaurant Group, visit the company's website at www.frgi.com.

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

SOURCE Pollo Tropical

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Jack Wolfe
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Ashley Wojnar
305-319-0429
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