Monday, January 28, 2013

Miami-Based Pollo Tropical Opening in Smyrna; Cool Springs Coming Soon

Posted By on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Pollo Tropical, which serves Caribbean-inspired quick-casual fare, is opening in Smyrna this Friday, Feb. 1. A Cool Springs location is planned later this year.

The location at 715 Team Blvd. in Smyrna will be the 92nd owned by the company, which specializes in "marinated flame-grilled chicken, guava barbecue riblets, roast pork and many more Caribbean-inspired favorites." They also serve mix-and-match entree and side dish combos called "Tropi-Chops."

The party starts at 10:30 a.m. Friday, and the first 100 people lined up with bags packed will enter a drawing; the winner and guest will be immediately whisked away by limo for a trip to Key West.

For more details, check out the official release after the jump.

(A version of this story appeared in my Food Biz column in today's print edition of The City Paper and online in the Nashville Post.)

Pollo Tropical's announcement:

Next Friday, February 1, Celebrate the Grand Opening of the Pollo Tropical Caribbean restaurant with a beach party!

Winter in Nashville will take a turn for the tropics on February 1, with the arrival of Pollo Tropical® to Smyrna at 715 Team Blvd. in the Smyrna Town Hall Shops. Pollo Tropical (pronounced Po-Yo Tropical) is a Caribbean-inspired quick-casual restaurant, famous for its marinated flame-grilled chicken, guava barbecue riblets, roast pork and many more Caribbean-inspired favorites.

To celebrate its arrival in Nashville, Pollo Tropical is throwing a huge, free, Winter in the Tropics Beach Party.

The festivities begin in the morning, and the first 100 customers in line with their bags packed awaiting the store’s 10:30 a.m. opening will be entered for the chance to win the Pollo Tropical Trip to the Tropics — a weekend in Key West!* The winner will be announced at 11:00 a.m. and then be whisked away in a limousine to pick up the guest of their choice (trip is for two) and then to the airport for an afternoon departure. Additionally, the first 100 customers lined up for the restaurant opening will receive certificates good for a Create Your Own Family Meal on their next visit. Participants are urged to line up early for the opening to be among the first 100 customers eligible to win the prize package.

The fun goes on all day at the sand beach adjacent to the Pollo Tropical, with heaters to keep beach-goers warm, bright sunny lights, a Jimmy Buffett tribute band concert from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and much more! The warm beach at Pollo Tropical will remain open through the weekend for sand, sunning, photo opportunities and fun. Restaurant hours Saturday and Sunday are 10:30 a.m. to midnight.

The Nashville Pollo Tropical restaurant in Smyrna marks the brand’s 92nd company-owned location.

Nashville’s first Pollo Tropical location in Smyrna at 715 Team Blvd., in the Smyrna Town Hall Shops, will offer the brand’s ever-popular marinated, flame-grilled chicken and made-from-scratch side dishes guests have come to expect from the quick casual chain, free limited table service, complimentary Wi-Fi, beer, wine, sangria and much more. Customers can dine in, take out or use the restaurant’s convenient “Pollo on the Go” drive thru. The restaurant will open daily at 10:30 a.m., seven days a week.

For more information about Pollo Tropical, visit

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