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Pollo Tropical

Financing

October brings restaurants some sales relief

Traffic still declined, but by the slightest amount in more than a year, according to the latest snapshot from researcher TDn2K.

Financing

Pollo Tropical same-store sales start to recover

Sister chain Taco Cabana’s transactions fell 11.3% as the company moves away from discounts.

Peruvian cuisine may be a latecomer to America’s tables, but it’s gaining a foothold. “The healthy, fresh ingredients and unique flavor profiles are creating a surge of interest in Peruvian food and restaurants,” confirms Marcella Guzman, an instructor at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.

The company has named Willie Romeo its first corporate director of off-premise consumption as part of its effort to double off-site business during the next decade.

As consumers increase their off-premise dining, limited-service operators will continue to study their priorities and habits, as well as borrow ideas from chains who are doing it right.

The Latin chicken chain is pulling out of two core markets as part of a sweeping new turnaround plan by Fiesta Restaurant Group, which also owns the Taco Cabana brand.

The limited-service chicken category overall increased total sales by 8% to $22.2 billion and grew units by 4% to 14,166.

The twin chains’ new owners have tapped a turnaround vet to reinvigorate the buffet brands.

The new items are part of the chain’s initiative to offer fresher, higher-quality dishes.

El Pollo Loco, Pollo Tropical and Del Taco all struggle in the Lone Star State.

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