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.

The Johns Creek restaurant, based on the prototype launched in Texas last year, will boast bright tropical blues and greens, island-inspired lighting and plants and a relaxing patio area. The company plans to open several additional locations featuring the new design in Georgia this year, including in Austell, Woodstock and East Cobb.

"Our new Caribbean-inspired restaurant design transports our guests to the islands, where they can enjoy Life Under the Palm and the flavors of the islands in our fresh and healthy menu items," says Pollo Tropical COO Danny Meisenheimer. "Our guests can visit the new location every day to explore the menu, and families can enjoy the convenience and variety of meal choices they feel better about eating."

Pollo Tropical's menu is a melting pot of culinary cultures, featuring the distinctive, bold, and tangy flavors of the Caribbean. The company has built a following for its fresh, never frozen, bone-in chicken that is marinated in tropical fruit juices and spices and then flame-grilled in the restaurant's open kitchen. Menu choices include Create Your Own TropiChops, tropical chicken, sandwiches and salads, wraps, platters, kids meals and family meals.

To complement its menu, Pollo Tropical also offers a variety of island-inspired beverages, ranging from a selection of Caribbean beers to coconut water and popular Refrescas in tropical breeze, mango peach, and superfruit punch flavors. Diners can add rum to create a tropical cocktail or enjoy a Cuba Libre made with Coca-Cola and a fresh squeeze of lime.

The restaurant will host a grand opening celebration from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, February 27. Festivities will include calypso music, a proclamation by local officials, and a “robosurfer” challenge, where contestants will compete for first- and second-place prizes of $500 and $300 for their favorite charity. One lucky guest will win Free Chicken for a Year, and the first 100 guests will receive a coupon for a free Create Your Own Family Meal, redeemable on a future visit.

To serve its guests, the Johns Creek restaurant plans to hire more than 40 hourly team members. The 3,400-square-foot restaurant will feature indoor and outdoor seating for more than 90, with limited table service, and a convenient drive-thru.

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