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All of Fiesta’s Pollo Tropical Restaurants are Closing in Texas

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KSAT reports that due to “…ongoing uncertainty in South Texas including the effects of Hurricane Harvey and limited awareness of the Pollo Tropical brand,” all Pollo Tropical restaurants in the South Texas area will be shutting down. The fast-food franchise that started out in Florida serves meals with tropical touches like Mojo Roast Pork, Caribbean Ribs, and delicious sweet plantains.

Pollo Tropical restaurants are owned by parent company Fiesta who also owns Taco Cabana. According to KSAT, 43 Taco Cabana locations had to close right after Harvey hit, but all have reopened except for one. Pollo Tropical, on the other hand, wasn’t able to regain footing after the flood.

This news comes months after Austin 360 reported that all Pollo Tropical locations in Dallas/Fort Worth, Nashville (Tennessee), and Austin were shut down as part of a “…strategic renewal plan.” At that time, they closed 30 locations and canceled plans in the works to open several new locations throughout Austin.

Due to all of the closures, Nation’s Restaurant News says that Pollo Tropical has completely pulled out of Texas. Their Florida and Georgia locations were impacted by Irma, and so far, 119 out of their 149 locations have successfully reopened. It remains to be seen what the effect of Hurricane Irma will be on Pollo Tropical in these two states.