A Tex-Mex chain from Iowa continues its resolute colonization of the DFW area: Pancheros Mexican Grill has opened a location in Irving, at 3275 Regent Blvd., in a new center of LBJ Freeway.
This location marks the second Pancheros to open in Texas, following its debut in McKinney in March, bringing the total to 71 Pancheros across the country.
"We're eager to continue expanding the Pancheros brand and to open the state's second location in Irving," says Mike Riley, co-owner of Pancheros in Irving and McKinney, alongside Jeff Bartunek and Mike Kelvin. "If the McKinney opening is any indication of what's to come for the new Pancheros location in Irving, we certainly have very high expectations and can't wait to welcome the Irving community into the restaurant."
Pancheros is said to have earned a loyal following for redefining the standards of a burrito. The brand's quest to build the perfect burrito dates back to 1992, when founder Rodney Anderson opened his first restaurant in downtown Iowa City.
The restaurant was modeled after the Chicago taquerias Anderson visited during his teenage years, when a seed was planted to build a better burrito that launched Pancheros into an evolution based on simplicity and fresh-pressed tortillas.
They have fresh-pressed tortillas and use a unique spatula to tear down the walls that once stood between the meat, rice, beans, and salsas, yielding burritos that are better built.
The spatula actually has a name: BOB the Tool, which they say carefully and perfectly mixes the ingredients together.
In addition to burritos, Pancheros serves burrito bowls, tacos, quesadillas, and salads. It has also earned popularity for its chips & queso and unique limited time offerings.
To celebrate its grand opening, Pancheros in Irving will host a $1 burrito event on May 21 from 4-6 pm.
In addition to the Pancheros locations in McKinney and Irving, the franchise group has plans in place to open several more Pancheros restaurants throughout Texas.