Restaurant Development & Design

FALL 2014

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1 2 • R E S T A U R A N T D E V E L O P M E N T + D E S I G N • F A L L 2 0 1 4 BUZZ who's doing what Royale Your partner for bringing concepts to reality With more than 25 years of furniture manufacturing experience, our consultative process ensures unique designs are engineered to exceed durability standards, are delivered on time, and within budget. Begin today! 800-837-1456 | MityLite.com Fire-grilled chicken chain El Pollo Loco has signed multi-brand franchise group AA Pollo Inc. to a 20-restaurant development agree- ment. It's the frst step in a multi- year franchising initiative designed to expand the chain's presence in the greater Southwest. As part of the agreement, AA Pollo Inc. will develop 20 new El Pollo Loco restaurants in Houston, a new development market, and San Antonio. The franchisee company has also purchased six El Pollo Loco res- taurants in San Antonio. AA Pollo Inc. is owned by Anil Yadav, who owns and operates more than 260 restaurants within three brands, most of which are Jack in the Box, covering multiple states. In Houston, El Pollo Loco has identifed an initial 80 trade areas for potential restaurant develop- ment over the next several years. Additionally, the company currently has more than 20 sites across the greater Houston area in various stages of negotiation for company operation. In addition to Texas, El Pollo Loco has targeted further expansion in California, Nevada and key contiguous new markets. The brand, which went public this summer, anticipates growth of 8 percent to 10 percent per year. El Pollo Loco Targets Southwest Expansion, Signs 20-Unit Agreement " Meaningful legislation like the Save American Worker's Act and the American Small Business Tax Relief Act will provide much needed assistance to restaurateurs across the country looking to grow their business, stimulate their local economies and, most importantly, create more jobs." — Scott DeFife, executive vice president of policy and government affairs, National Restaurant Association, commenting on the House passage of legislation that would restore the defnition of a full-time work week to 40 hours and allow small business owners to expense up to $500,000 of investment in new equipment and property per year. Quotable

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