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September 25, 2021

El Pollo Loco reopens months after fire

February incident forced remodel of building

El Pollo Loco reopened in Gilroy on Sept. 8, seven months after an electrical fire forced a full remodel of the restaurant.

In early February, Gilroy and South Santa Clara County firefighters responded to a fire that had started inside a wall of the restaurant, 6986 Chestnut St.

According to a press release from the business, an employee discovered the fire and ran to alert his manager who was in the middle of taking an order from a customer. Customers and employees were evacuated from the restaurant, and no injuries were reported. 

The restaurant had a significant amount of damage that required a full remodel of the building, the press release stated.

“We are excited to reopen our doors and once again offer the residents and visitors of Gilroy a local destination to enjoy our handcrafted dishes,” said General Manager Eliana Melgoza. “Our signature citrus-marinated, fire-grilled chicken is a crowd-pleaser and the core of everything we do at El Pollo Loco. We’re truly looking forward to sharing our flavorful chicken meals and Mexican-inspired entrees with the Gilroy community again.”

The newly remodeled location features El Pollo Loco’s new “L.A. Mex” design, with a “Fire Tower” on the exterior and expanded outdoor dining and curbside pick-up areas.

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