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Andrew Kemp will open the first Panchero’s Mexican Grill in the Rockford area Oct. 4.
The restaurant will be at 3015 N. Perryville Road, near Woodman’s at the old Hollywood Video site.
Panchero’s will hold a Dollar Burrito Night to celebrate the grand opening from 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 11.
Kemp, 23, is joined by three business partners, but he will be the restaurant’s operating partner. The group will open another Panchero’s restaurant next spring in Sycamore at 2690 DeKalb Ave. in front of the new HyVee. They are also looking forward to additional expansion opportunities as the stores progress.
“We like the structure of Panchero’s,” Kemp said. “They are very detail-oriented, and the food is delicious. We want to grow, and they have room for us to open many restaurants. We’re very excited about expanding with Panchero’s and can’t wait to get started with this first location in Rockford.”
Founded in 1992 by Rodney L. Anderson and his father, Thomas R. Anderson, Coralville, Iowa-based Panchero’s Mexican Grill is a quick-serve, fresh-Mexican franchise that serves its signature fresh-pressed tortillas filled with the freshest, highest-quality ingredients. Burritos are customized and mixed with “Bob the Tool” to get every ingredient in every bite. The menu also includes quesadillas, tacos, burrito bowls and salads.
Panchero’s has more than 50 locations in the United States, and the company plans to have 60 restaurants open across the country by the end of 2011.
Visit www.pancheros.com for details.