Escondido, CA

El Pollo Loco opens third Escondido restaurant

El Pollo Loco has opened its third Escondido and the  32nd restaurant operated by franchisees Bill Engel, Chris Pingel, Aaron Pingel, and Angel Lara. The new restaurant, located at 350 W. El Norte Pkwy., is owned and operated by Chic Pollo, LLC, an affiliate of Peg/Lion, LLC, a longtime El Pollo Loco franchisee.

“We are very excited to offer another convenient location in Escondido for guests to enjoy our delicious food, healthier options and great service,” Aaron Pingel and Angel Lara of Chic Pollo told the Times-Advocate. “El Pollo Loco’s signature, citrus-marinated, fire-grilled chicken has been a staple in the Escondido community for years and we look forward to offering this experience to more area residents.”

“We are thrilled to have such a great partner in Chic Pollo, who has been instrumental in helping our brand expand throughout the San Diego metro area,” said Steve Sather, chief executive officer at El Pollo Loco. “This restaurant is poised for success as Chic Pollo and Peg/Lion are skilled operators and have a long history with this brand. We invite the entire Escondido community to celebrate this opening and enjoy a burrito, salad, quesadilla, or family chicken meal.”

The 2,434-square foot restaurant, which features an open kitchen layout designed for customers to watch the signature chicken as it is grilled has indoor seating for 60 guests, as well as additional outdoor seating for 16. It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The new Escondido location will offer El Pollo Loco’s new online and mobile ordering capabilities.  Guests are encouraged to download the El Pollo Loco app in the iTunes App Store or Google Play or visit to order and pay ahead, and avoid waiting in line.

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