6. Pollo Tropical
The Caribbean-inspired cuisine restaurant Pollo Tropical closed its Cool Springs location in May, as part of its parent company’s closure of all Tennessee locations. The restaurant opened in July 2013.
Fiesta Restaurant Group announced it would pull back from Tennessee and Texas to refocus on its core in Florida. Some of the closed locations will be rebranded, but none in the Nashville area.
In 2013, when the restaurant opened, it signed a 20-year lease with the landowner, a Karl Frisch of Nashville. Prior to Pollo Tropical, the location was a KFC and A&W restaurant.
The property is not currently listed for lease or sale, and Fiesta would not comment on its plans for how it will handle the remaining years on its lease of the property.
Likely, it and the landowner will come to terms, but the lease must be settled or vacated before another restaurant or business can move in.
Richard Stockinger, who was named Fiesta president and CEO in February 2017, said in a statement, “While the decision to close restaurants is never easy, we believe it is vital to focus the company’s resources and efforts on markets and locations that have proven successful for our brands.”
The closures of the Pollo Tropical locations as been noted as part of Fiesta’s “renewal plan” for the company. The plan also includes a relaunch of the Pollo Tropical brand in Septembe