Pollo Tropical, Florida’s beloved fast-casual concept known for its citrus-marinated, flame-grilled chicken and authentic sauces and sides, will further its presence in Jacksonville with the July 22 opening of its fifth area location near Regency Square Mall.
The restaurant will host a grand opening celebration from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 24 that will include calypso bands, spin-and-win prizes, and a robosurfer challenge where contestants will compete for first and second place prizes of $500 and $300 to go to their favorite charity. The first 100 guests at the festivities will be entered into a raffle drawing for the grand prize Free Chicken for a Year. They will also each get a coupon for a free Create Your Own Family Meal, which includes a whole grilled chicken, choice of two sides, dinner rolls, and plantains, redeemable on a future visit.
“Our new Regency-area restaurant will help us better serve the downtown Jacksonville community with a location that’s closest to the city center,” says Pollo Tropical COO Danny Meisenheimer. “Our guests can visit every day to explore our menu of meal choices they feel better about eating, or enjoy the convenience of catering a wide variety of our tropical favorites in their downtown offices.”
Pollo Tropical’s menu centers on its signature flame-grilled chicken and also includes Mojo Roast Pork, Grilled Tropical Wings, and made-from-scratch sides like rice, beans, yucca, and sweet plantains. The Tropical Lite menu offers guests tasty, lighter options ranging from 340 to 510 calories that are built around the core Caribbean flavors of the Pollo Tropical menu.
At Pollo Tropical, savory island spices, herbs, and citrus juices are blended into rubs and marinades that enhance the flavors of the fresh dishes. The famous Saucing Island brings on the flavor—and a little heat—with 10 signature sauces including Curry Mustard, Guava BBQ, Pineapple Rum, Cilantro Garlic, and Spicy Poyo-Poyo. To complement its menu, Pollo Tropical also offers a variety of island-inspired beverages, ranging from Caribbean beers to coconut water.
The 3,400-square-foot restaurant will be open from 10:30 a.m. to midnight daily, and will feature indoor and outdoor seating for more than 90 guests, with limited table service and a convenient drive thru. Guests can receive a coupon for either a buy one, get one free small TropiChop or $3 off a family meal by signing up for the Pollo Reward loyalty program.
The restaurant is actively recruiting for all positions and plans to hire more than 40 hourly team members.