Juan Francis Ochoa opened the first restaurant in Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico in 1975. Later on, in 1979, the chain had successfully expanded through northern Mexico and in 1980 its restaurant had been successfully opened in U.S. (L.A., California). In 1983, the American chains were acquired by Denny’s, with the agreement that the Ochoa family will continue to operate their restaurants in Mexico. Later, in 1999, El Pollo Loco had been acquired by American Securities Capital Partners, which in 2005 sold it to Trimaran Capital Partners (the current owners). The dish, El Pollo Loco’s is famous about is a grilled marinated chicken – Pollo Asado in Spanish (the image is also used for El Pollo Loco coupons). With time the chain also added burritos and salads to their menu and serves dishes that compete with franchises like Del Taco and Taco Bell and other Mexican-style restaurants.
In the United States, the El Pollo Loco chains were operating in Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Illinois and California. El Pollo Loco and its franchisees had briefly operated in metro Atlanta, New Jersey, Boston and in Hampton Roads area of Virginia (these branches were closed in 2011). There were other chains in Portland, Oregon Metropolitan area, which were also closed in 2011. Also, by 2011, only 1 of 4 Chicago stores were still operating and the branch in Foxwoods Resort Casino (Connecticut) but then they were closed in spring, 2012.
As it was mentioned before, El Pollo Loco has its “polo loco coupon” system. If you don’t what are those coupons, or where to find them, don’t worry. Pollo Loco coupons look like any other coupon of similar restaurants and you’ll recognize it by the Pollo Loco image on it. Usually, El Pollo Loco coupon provides you with a $2-5 discount for a specific dish, like pork sanitas, tostada salad, chicken nuggets, etc. There are also coupons that give you a discount up to 80% or allow you to buy 10 pieces for $10. So, if you like Pollo Loco and you would like to get some coupons for El Pollo Loco, their official web site would be the best place to start your search. And by registering there, the coupons (as well as news and special offers) will be sent to you by e-mail.