Their main dish is pollo asado, a grilled marinated chicken. Over time the chain has expanded into burritos and salads, and serve items that compete with Taco Bell, Del Taco and other Mexican style restaurants.
Juan Francisco Ochoa started the restaurant in Guasave, Mexico, in 1975. By 1979, the chain had expanded over northern Mexico. In 1980, the first U.S. restaurant opened in LA, California. In 1983, the American restaurants in the chain were acquired by Denny's, with an agreement where the Ochoa family could operate the restaurants in Mexico. American Securities Capital Partners acquired the restaurant in 1999, and sold it to current owner Trimaran Capital Partners in 2005.
In the United States, the El Pollo Loco chain primarily operates in the Southwest and California, with an expanding scattering of locations elsewhere.
KFC primarily sells chicken pieces, wraps, salads, and sandwiches. While its primary focus is fried chicken, KFC also offers a line of grilled and roasted chicken products, side dishes, and desserts. Outside North America, KFC offers beef based products such as hamburgers or kebabs, pork based products such as ribs and other regional fare.
Maybe there should be a rule that the restaurants should be in at least 1/2 of the U.S.
Lee's Restaurants are only in California plus six other stores. Yoshinoya is in only 4 states.