Pollo Tropical has closed 30 restaurants nationwide, including all of its locations in the Austin area.
The chicken chain said Monday that it is also pulling out of the Dallas/Fort Worth and Nashville, Tenn., markets.
There were three locations in Central Texas:
- 211 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin
- 20471 S. Interstate 35, Kyle
- 1439 N. I-35, San Marcos
It had initially announced plans to also open restaurants in Cedar Park, Lakeway and near the Mueller redevelopment project in East Austin.
The closures are part of parent company Fiesta Restaurant Group’s “strategic renewal plan.” Fiesta also owns the Taco Cabana chain.
“Fiesta’s recent growth initiatives diverted resources from our core markets and some amount of renewal is required to restore momentum in these markets,” Fiesta president and CEO Richard Stockinger said in a written statement. “While the decision to close restaurants is never easy, we believe it is vital to focus the company’s resources and efforts on markets and locations that have proven successful for our brands.”
Some of the closed Pollo Tropicals may reopen at a later date as Taco Cabana locations, Fiesta said.