An innovative vegan fast-food restaurant concept that specializes in fried "chicken" sandwiches is coming to Dallas. Called Project Pollo, it's a growing young chain from San Antonio that will open its first location in Dallas at 4814 Greenville Ave., the space previously occupied by healthy fast-food chain Start.
(The location was also briefly home to a seafood restaurant called Caribbean's Shark which was there for less than year.)
Project Pollo founder Lucas Bradbury says he's working to get the restaurant open by mid-February.
It's been a prolonged journey that's had Dallas-area vegans impatient and eager. The restaurant was originally supposed to open at 6857 Greenville Ave. in 2021, but factors including COVID-19 and the good old city of Dallas got in the way.
"We hit a lot of hurdles due to contractors not pulling permits on work done prior to our lease," says a spokesperson.
When the new location became available, they quickly snapped it up. It'll come with numerous advantages that include ample parking plus a valuable drive-thru. They'll also have a full bar and live music.
The menu centers on "chickenless sandwiches" such as the Spicy Project, featuring breaded fried chickn with spicy garlic Buffalo sauce and ranch, served with a pickled jalapeño.
Other menu items include burgers, cheeseburgers, chickn nuggets, salads, a chickn Caesar wrap, and loaded "papas" — fries topped with queso, jalapeno, and chickn tenders.
Breakfast options includes a chikn burrito, chikn & waffle, and a chikn biscuit.
The "pollo" is a proprietary soy-based chicken substitute which you can get fried or grilled.
Fans love their lush sauces and the decadent nature of dishes such as their mac & cheese, made with vegan cashew-based cheese.
Bradbury previously worked for a convenience-store chain managing concepts such as Dunkin and Which Wich, and was inspired to create the concept after encouraging his parents to adopt a plant-based diet for health reasons.
He's on a mission to make plant-based food more accessible to all, telling the San Antonio Current that they want everyone, no matter what their income bracket, to be able to afford to live a plant-based lifestyle.
"Our concept is not about profits, it's about people and providing access to plant-based foods at an affordable price," Bradbury says.