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El Pollo Loco Aiming for Friday Grand Opening for Chicken-Crazy La Mesans

The restaurant, at the corner of Baltimore Drive and El Cajon Boulevard, occupies the building where La Salsa once operated.

If you are crazy for grilled chicken, then you have a new place to eat in La Mesa.

El Pollo Loco will open for business at the corner of Baltimore Drive and El Cajon Boulevard on Friday evening, according to management. The restaurant chain occupies the building where La Salsa once operated.

There are only last minute preparations that need to be completed, including the installation of remaing dining furniture, and a final cleaning. If for some reason the restaurant does not open Friday night, it will definitely be completed by Monday, management told Patch Thursday afternoon.

About 50 people will be employed by the new El Pollo Loco, and the management team will consist of General Manager Claudia Barbontin and Area Manager Noel Buan. The restaurant has a "Now Hiring" banner hanging on the corner of the intersection, and they are still interviewing candidates to fill certain roles.

Construction at the building has been ongoing for months, and marketing director Sergio Ponce said it has been been a bit challenging, but exciting as well.

Ponce said the restaurant is offering healthy options on the menu in addition to their specialty, fire grilled chicken.

The restaurant is owned by Peglion LLC. It is not yet known who is the location's franchisee.

Kevin George November 09, 2012 at 01:07 AM
I hate to be a wet blanket but the traffic accidents at the EC Blvd and Baltimore intersection will now resume. That oblique angled driveway is a traffic hazard.
Robert Johnson November 09, 2012 at 08:10 AM
Didn't that location used to be an El Pollo Loco about 20 years ago ?
Jeff Phinney November 09, 2012 at 11:25 AM
Yup!
Barbara November 09, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Everything old is new again!
John Pilch November 09, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Robert: Yes, it was.
Marie McLaughlin November 10, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Wonder why La Salsa left. That was a quality fast food option.
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Patrice Peterson November 11, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Hope La Mesan's will give this new business a chance; We are lucky to have quality investor's come into our community. I am looking forward to going there soon!
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