Saturday, March 14, 2009

Pollo Campero Opens in Cherrydale, South Carolina

Guatemala native Tony Zimeri brought a little taste of home to the Upstate when he opened Pollo Campero in the Cherrydale area a few months ago.

The franchised restaurant got its start four decades ago in Guatemala and become known for its signature fried chicken. The taste has since grown around the world and yet has stayed close to home.

According to Walter Zimeri, co-owner and general manager (and Tony's son), every batch of breading for the fried chicken is tested in Guatemala to ensure that it adheres to the restaurant's time-tested standards.

"They have testers in Guatemala that test the ingredients in the breading, and then they cook the chicken and have a taste test on the breading to make sure it's the exact product they've been serving the last 40 years," he said.

"They're very particular about their fried chicken because that's how they built their name."

Read the rest in the Greenville News

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