Carrie Rengers

First El Pollo Dorado restaurant to open this week

Roasted chicken at the El Pollo Dorado food truck on 21st Street between Main and Waco.
Roasted chicken at the El Pollo Dorado food truck on 21st Street between Main and Waco. File photo

The popular El Pollo Dorado chicken truck finally is opening a sister restaurant, but it’s not at 460 N. West St., as first planned.

“That one will be open in two months,” says Manuel Osorio, who is a partner in the business with Adrian Santiago Hernandez.

Instead, the first restaurant will open at 2117 E. Central, where a Salvadoran restaurant used to be.

“We put a lot of time and thinking into it,” Osorio says.

He says a lot of El Pollo’s customers seemed to be coming from the north and east sides of Wichita.

“That’s where our main clientele is.”

So the restaurant will offer delivery east to Rock Road, north to 29th Street, west to Meridian and south to Pawnee to cater to more customers than the West Street address would have allowed.

“We wanted to put a central location,” Osorio says.

There will be a $2.95 charge for delivery.

The restaurant also will have seating for 45.

The building has been a bright blue color.

“It’ll be orange by Wednesday,” Osorio says.

For anyone who hasn’t tried El Pollo, the business is known for its grilled chicken.

“There really isn’t a word to describe what we do,” Osorio says. “It’s one of the most amazing grilled chickens that you can taste.”

At the restaurant, he says, there also will be fried chicken along with salads and other items not available at the truck.

The restaurant will be modeled after the El Pollo Loco chain, Osorio says, and won’t have traditional Mexican fare.

“We’re wanting to stay away from that stereotype.”

The restaurant will serve beer.

Osorio says staff members will be trained on Thursday and Friday, and the restaurant will open on Saturday.

“It’s exciting.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers