Pollo Tropical

Pollo Tropical Promotes Danny Meisenheimer to Interim COO

Pollo Tropical, the Caribbean-inspired quick-casual restaurant chain known for its marinated chicken on the grill, recently announced the promotion of Danny Meisenheimer to the position of interim chief operating officer, succeeding Jim Tunnessen following his retirement from the company as COO in January 2013.

Meisenheimer joined Pollo Tropical in early 2012 as its chief brand officer after more than 20 years of brand and operations leadership experience, having previously served as chief brand efficer and COO in the family-dining and quick-service restaurant categories.

Pollo Tropical Heads to India

Pollo Tropical announced that it has entered into its first franchise development agreement outside the Western Hemisphere—a 10-unit deal to bring the popular quick-casual chain of tropical flame-grilled chicken restaurants to northern India.

This marks the brand’s 11th international franchised market, extending its presence beyond the Latin America and Caribbean trade regions.

Fiesta Restaurant Group Appoints Schweinfurth as CFO

Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc., the owner, operator, and franchisor of the Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana fast-casual restaurant brands, announced today that Lynn Schweinfurth has joined the company as vice president and chief financial officer, effective July 16, 2012. With her appointment, Fiesta has now completed building its senior management team.

Pollo Tropical Opens in Fourth Largest Mall in South America

Pollo Tropical announced the opening of its third franchised restaurant in Caracas, Venezuela, at the Sambil Shopping Center, the fourth-largest mall in South America. This is the third in a 10-unit development agreement with Restaurantes Internacionales C.A.  

The Venezuelan-based franchisee has opened two other Pollo Tropical restaurants in Barquisimeto and Punto Fijo since 2010. 

Fiesta Restaurant Group Names Chief Development Officer

Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc, the parent-owner of the Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana brands, has named industry veteran John Todd as its chief development officer. 

Todd, who will report to Fiesta Restaurant CEO Tim Taft, will be responsible for all facets of Fiesta’s real estate and development, including site selection, design, and construction of new restaurants and the upgrading and re-imaging of existing facilities. In addition, he will work with Taft on various franchise initiatives.

Pollo Tropical Debuts 'Create Your Own' Pork TropiChop

The wildly-popular Create Your Own Tropichop from Pollo Tropical is about to get even more famous, as the restaurant chain that shines for its fresh ingredients and flame grilling is bringing its flavorful Mojo Roast Pork to the Tropichop! 
Starting April 23, the slow-roasted Pork that Pollo Tropical customers crave and rave about will be available as the Create Your Own Pork Tropichop.

Pollo Tropical Appoints Chief Brand Officer

Pollo Tropical Chief Operating Officer, Jim Tunnessen, today announced the appointment of Danny Meisenheimer as Chief Brand Officer (CBO), reporting to him.  

Meisenheimer will oversee all strategic marketing, communications, research, and development initiatives for the company and will work closely with Tunnessen to continue to accelerate the successful growth of the organization. 

Pollo Tropical Now Accepting Google Wallet Payments

Beginning Friday, April 13, you can reach for your phone and not for your wallet when visiting Pollo Tropical. The restaurant chain will begin accepting payments from the Google Wallet smart phone platform for all purchases.

Simply tap your phone at the payment reader at any company-owned Pollo Tropical during time of purchase, and your transaction is complete.

Pollo Tropical Hosts Teachers of the Year Campaign

Pollo Rewards, the loyalty rewards program of Pollo Tropical, is honoring teachers throughout May with its Pollo Tropical “Teachers of the Year” campaign.

Fifteen winning teachers from 15 counties will win free Pollo Tropical for a year by earning the most nominations from students and parents in their respective county.  

Additionally, the school in each county generating the most nominations will win a $500 Pollo Tropical donation to its student activities fund.