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El Pollo Loco Coming To SLO

October 21,2017-

Screen Shot 2017-10-22 at 7.27.56 AMThe company was launched in Sinaloa Mexico in 1975.  Maybe that’s why El Pollo Loco (the crazy chicken) faire – ie, grilled, not fried chicken – taste authentically Mexican.

The company says its chicken is “citrus-marinated and fire-grilled.” They also offer other typical Mexican-style food.

Headquartered today in Costa Mesa, California, El Pollo Loco is now publicly traded, under the loco symbol. The chain has changed hands several times but now has grown to over 400 company-owned and franchised restaurants in Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Texas, and California.

Of course there are plenty of fans in San Luis Obispo who have pined for a location in town with the closest store in Paso Robles where they can get approval for a drive-thru.

Similar to SLO residents frustration over not getting an In-N-Out Burger location because of the city’s ‘no drive-thru’ rule, our long wait is apparently over when it comes to El Pollo Loco.

The company has signed a lease to take part of vacant space, about 2500sf, in the Target shopping center where the former Mac Superstore had been – on Los Osos Valley Rd.  Another 2700sf is still for lease next door, listed by the Rossetti Company in SLO.

Broker with Rossetti Co, John Hans, says he expects the restaurant could open by the end of the first quarter of 2018 after they get all permits and they remodel the space.

There will be plenty of parking but no drive-thru, so you will just have get out of your car like they do in Santa Barbara where the eatery has a walk-in only store on State Street.

“Some of the companies who say they won’t come here now because of the ‘no drive-thru’ rule will just have to get used to the restriction” if they want to be in our market, expects Hans

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