I’m an unrepentant fan of the original Pollo Loco 2 piece meal with pinto beans and salad or slaw and was devastated to see my local closed. I guess I’ll have to go to the much less consistent Sunset/Crescent Heights outlet.
But on a more positive note: what will go into its old ready-for-a-chain space? What should?
Yep. Plus there’s a relatively new Zankou Chicken (where I never go anymore since discovering Ta Eem Grill).
I’d dearly love it to become a Five Guys. (or Smashburger, or best of all, a Habit!) A Del Taco even more so, but alas, it’s not a drive-thru space. Guisado’s perhaps? Panera Bread? Pokenometry? Finally a decent pizza in Hollywood? A Dog Haus? Or, ooh, a Mr. Baguette? So many exciting possibilities.
But yeah, prolly another Starbucks, one across the street notwithstanding.
About 5-6 years ago I started noticing a couple of Pollo Loco drive-thrus were selling Foster Freeze items. In particular the one on La Cienega south of Olympic. It might be a merger or buyout, not sure. But the chicken wasn’t the same.
I looked it up. Neither merger nor buyout. Just an agreement dating from 1994 for Fosters Freeze to sell/co-brand inside some Pollo Loco outlets.
Ownership-wise, according to Wikipedia, American PL outlets were purchased from Mexican family ownership by Denny’s (!) in 1983. American Securities Capital Partners acquired it in 1999 and sold it to Trimaran Capital Partners in 2005.
To my palate at least, the chicken has never changed, and at our (former) location it’s always been flame-grilled in-house.
doesn’t appear to be an ownership thing; they are actually now a publicly traded company.
El Pollo Loco enacted a master franchise contract with Fosters Freeze in 1994. Mark Hardinson, the director of marketing for the grilled-chicken chain, stated that sales increased from three percent to six percent at El Pollo Loco’s co-branded locations that served Fosters Freeze’s soft-serve desserts. There are 92 Fosters Freeze branches, not including the 163 El Pollo Loco restaurants that serve Fosters Freeze products. Over half of El Pollo Loco’s serve Fosters Freeze products. The corporate office is currently located in Rancho Cucamonga, California, a suburb of Los Angeles,.
Only downside to a Guisado’s is that the corner is already heavily weighted with Mexican, with King of Grill and Tacos El Gavilan. Would love to get some new-and-needed diversity there. Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, Italian, are all needed.
Ahhh… I see. Big business as usual. I had a friend who used to go to the La Cienega location constantly, but had a couple of ummm… experiences. I’m trying to play nice, so I’ll leave it at that. My brother loves the place though .
One of the owners a few years ago decided the chicken took to long to cook on the grill, so they started to bring in chickens that were par-cooked to save time then finished on the grill, that is when they lost me.