The weather was sunny and warm at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Bishop’s El Pollo Loco Wednesday afternoon. The former home to Burger King has been closed for a little over a decade and residents have long voiced opinions on what should go inside the building—suggestions have ranged from In-N-Out to Sonic to the return of Burger King. Those who were in the El Pollo Loco camp received their wish this spring. The anticipation for anything to go in the empty building has been a popular topic of conversation around Bishop and I’m sure everyone will be pleased to know that the wait is finally over!
The event was attended by Bishop’s Mayor, Laura Smith, members of the Bishop Chamber of Commerce, the owner of the Cottonwood plaza, Liz Amiri, and the owners of this particular El Pollo Loco franchise.
Our El Pollo Loco received assistance from two teams of employees who came from Southern California; they trained our local staff, helped in a few soft openings, and will continue to provide guidance for the next week to come so that the grand opening of the restaurant will be a success. A local employee I spoke to voiced their appreciation of the SoCal staff’s help.
Starting on Friday, November 11, customers will be able to order off the varied menu that features Mexican-inspired foods. I spoke to a few locals about their feelings regarding the new fast food restaurant and the overwhelming opinion centered around enthusiasm for the brand’s infamous grilled and roasted chicken. Much of the community’s excitement does center around the fact that the town will finally have a new place to eat, especially due to the fact that it’s such a popular franchise.
For the first few weeks, expect a bit of a wait and longer lines for your food, as the novelty of the new location receives a lot of foot traffic and drive through orders. But I’m sure we can all agree, El Pollo Loco will be a welcome addition to Bishop for years to come!