Pollo Tropical® Expands to India, Opening Its First Restaurant Outside the Western Hemisphere
MIAMI - May 30. 2013 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Pollo Tropical®, the U.S. based, Caribbean-inspired fast-casual restaurant chain, has opened its 33rd internationally franchised location and its first restaurant in India. This marks the brand’s first opening outside the Western Hemisphere.
“Bringing the flavor of Pollo Tropical to the people of India has been a dream come true for our whole team”
India’s first Pollo Tropical is located in Delhi in the DLF Place shopping plaza, which is one of the most prestigious shopping and dining centers in the region. The restaurant is the first of a 10-restaurant development agreement between Pollo Tropical and Delhi-based Paramount Cuisines Pvt. Ltd. As part of the agreement, Paramount Cuisines will open at least ten Pollo Tropical locations in the National Capital Region, Punjab, Chandigarh and Haryana by 2016.
“Bringing the flavor of Pollo Tropical to the people of India has been a dream come true for our whole team,” said Paramount CEO Manjit Singh Saini. “It is both a pleasure and a privilege for Paramount Cuisines to expand the customer base of Pollo Tropical to our country, and provide Delhi this delicious taste of the tropics.”
The Pollo Tropical brand expansion to India is the culmination of an initiative that began with its participation in a U.S. Department of Commerce-sponsored Franchise Trade Mission to India.
“The opening of the first Pollo Tropical in India is a true testament to the fact that this brand is not bordered by hemispheres, languages or culture,” said Marc Mushkin, Senior Vice President of International Development for Pollo Tropical. “The flavor resonates with freshness and uniqueness that we believe will create loyal fans among our guests in India.”
Mushkin added that in addition to its famous marinated, grilled chicken and other Caribbean-influenced menu favorites, Pollo Tropical has created a set of unique vegetarian options featuring paneer cheese. The paneer is marinated in the same Caribbean spices and tropical fruit juices used to marinate Pollo’s signature open flame grilled chicken.
About Pollo Tropical
Pollo Tropical, a subsidiary of Fiesta Restaurant Group®, owns and operates 95 locations in the United States (Florida, Georgia and Tennessee) plus four licensed restaurants located on college campuses in Florida. The company has 33 international franchised locations in Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, India, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela and has development agreements in place for additional franchised units in those areas. Pollo also has development agreements in place for future franchised restaurants in Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, 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 flamed 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 Pollo’s website at www.pollotropical.com .
About Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc.
Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. owns and operates the Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana® restaurant brands. Fiesta’s 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. For more information about Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc., visit the company's website at www.frgi.com.
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