OUR HISTORY

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The founder

Albert Okura was born in Los Angeles, CA in 1951.  He grew up during the golden ages of fast food and spent his early life working his way through fast food chains.

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Armando Parra

At the age of 32, Albert decided to start his own restaraunt specializing in chicken.

Okura called his long time friend Armando Parra, who suggested a style of rotisserie cooking he learned in his native town of Chihuahua, Mexico.  

Armando then created our special marinating recipe that hasn't changed in over 30 years.

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The original juan pollo

The first Juan Pollo was opened in Ontario, California in January 1984.

The first day's sales were only $300.  Although he had no idea how to cook rotisserie style, he decided to cook chickens everyday until he became a rotisserie chicken expert. 

 

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grand opening -1984

The grand opening one month later drew in so many people, Okura couldn't keep up with demand.

norman baffrey's review

On August 1986, food critic Norman Baffrey wrote  the first great review of Juan Pollo causing overnight sales to jump 50%!

ORG XMIT:  LP_POLLO26A.jpg__(8/26/05, San Bernardino, La Prensa)  Albert Okura is the founder of the Juan Pollo fast-food chain, seen in one of his San Bernardino stores on Aug. 26, 2005. (La Prensa, Carino Casas)

the chicken man

Albert has spent the last 3 decades perfecting the art of rotisserie chicken cooking and has now personally cooked over 1 million chickens since 1984.  

 

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Today, there are 25 Juan Pollo restaurants with locations in San Bernardino County, Riverside County, Orange County, and Los Angeles County.

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