Pollo Tropical

Pollo Tropical Brings Caribbean Design to Georgia

Pollo Tropical, the fast-casual concept known for its citrus-marinated, flame-grilled chicken and array of authentic sauces and sides, continues its Georgia expansion with the opening of its newest location on February 27. The restaurant, located at 5815 State Bridge Road, is the sixth Pollo Tropical in the Atlanta area and the first in Georgia built with the company's new Caribbean-style design.

Pollo Tropical Goes 'LITE' with New Menu

Pollo Tropical, Florida's fast-casual concept known for its citrus-marinated, flame-grilled chicken and array of authentic sauces and sides, brings its Tropical Lite menu to all locations this month, offering five meal choices under 510 calories each.

The menu, which was first tested in Pollo Tropical's West Palm Beach restaurants in late 2013, features a new, citrus chicken entree salad, soup with a chicken wrap, a TropiChop, a grilled chicken breast platter with rice and vegetables, and a quarter chicken with citrus chicken side salad, each ranging from 340 to 510 calories.

Fiesta Restaurant Group Promotes Three Execs

Fiesta Restaurant Group Inc., which operates the fast-casual dining chains Taco Cabana, Pollo Tropical, and Cabana Grill, announced the promotions of several of its top executives.

Chief financial officer Lynn Schweinfurth was promoted to senior vice president after serving as CFO and vice president for the company since July 2012. During her tenure at Fiesta, she has helped implement new corporate systems, infrastructure, and staffing at the company’s new headquarters in Addison, Texas, 18 months ahead of schedule after the spin-out from Carrols Restaurant Group.  

Taco Cabana, Pollo Tropical Share Pad Site in San Antonio

Pollo Tropical, Florida’s fast-casual concept, continues its Texas expansion with the opening of its first San Antonio location. It will share its grand opening celebration and adjacent pad site at 6819 N. Loop 1604 W. with the newest location of its sister restaurant, San Antonio’s Taco Cabana, which will debut its new prototype restaurant design.

Fit for a Fiesta

Like a tropical storm, many different elements came together in 2013 to create a standout year for Fiesta Restaurant Group, parent company to fast-casual brands Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana. After years of climbing sales and store counts, tinkering with the store design and menu, and strategic growth and marketing initiatives, both brands landed on the Contenders list for the first time, Pollo Tropical at No. 62, Taco Cabana at No. 64.

But while the two brands share a parent company, they don’t share many other resources or even markets. Not yet, anyway.

NBA Finals Ignite Restaurant Rivalry

The NBA Finals repeat between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs have given two Fiesta Restaurant Group COOs a reason to renew a sibling-restaurant rivalry of their own.

San Antonio-based Taco Cabana COO Todd Coerver and Miami-based Pollo Tropical COO Danny Meisenheimer are wagering that their respective hometown will win the finals. The losing city's COO will have to go to the winner's city and work a busy three-hour lunch shift in a  "superfan" uniform designed by the winning city's home office.

Good Stock

Limited-service companies enjoyed a big year on the stock market in 2013.

Pollo Tropical parent Fiesta Restaurant Group topped quick serve stock prices.
Pollo Tropical parent company Fiesta Restaurant Group was the best performing quick-serve stock last year.

During any given year, a restaurant company that records a 50 percent increase in its stock price could expect to crow pretty loudly about the accomplishment. But even that type of gain wasn’t good enough to crack the top 10 among publicly held limited-service restaurant operators in 2013, as equities market soared.

“It’s been a very good year for the market and for many restaurant companies,” says R.J. Hottovy, a dining industry analyst at Chicago’s investment firm Morningstar. “There were some pockets of weakness, but most restaurant [stock] values have had good gains.”