Mercado Owners Open El Pollo Guapo In Wethersfield

The integrate behind Greater Hartford’s singular “Span-ish” tapas food lorry wants to make your bustling dish times a tiny easier. 

On Thursday, Heather and Roy Riedl of Mercado will open El Pollo Guapo at 1866 Berlin Turnpike in Wethersfield, their initial section and trebuchet restaurant. The storefront offers a accumulation of carryout options, including rotisserie chicken, uninformed sides, salads, sandwiches and pellet bowls, with discerning opposite service. 

The Riedls have immature children, and they pronounced a new judgment came from a enterprise for healthy and rational discerning meals.

“It’s a healthy-ish takeout option, something that somebody can squeeze on a approach home, expostulate a half-hour, and a food still tastes good,” Heather said. The grill also has community dine-in seating for a tiny series of guests.

Three sandwiches ($5.50) also come with choice of rotisserie, grilled or boiled chicken, with assorted unfeeling toppings and condiments. El Pollo Guapo also serves an collection of tapas ($4 to $8) like crushed avocado with residence chips, popcorn “nugz” with sauce, anniversary hummus, a steep quesadilla, steep empanada and wings.

Kids’ dishes ($5.50) of grilled steep sliders, steep and rice or steep nuggets are served with fruit or vegetables and a extract box. 

The grill will offer smoothness by platforms like UberEats in a few weeks’ time, Heather said.

Mercado launched as a catering business 3 years ago and began vending during farmers markets and open events in a open of 2015, with a trailer hitched to a pickup. In 2016, a business graduated to a stream full-sized box truck, portion what a Riedls call “Span-ish” cuisine: tapas-style plates like steep fat boiled potatoes, pig empanadas, queso frito with truffle sugar and fennel pollen and arroz criminal pollo.

The integrate is uninformed off an coming on CBS’s “Undercover Boss.” In a May 19 episode, luminary cook Marcus Samuelsson arrived during their lorry in costume as an word salesman from Mumbai, looking to learn some-more about a grill industry. Heather Riedl called a knowledge “absolutely incredible,” generally as she and her father have prolonged been fans of Samuelsson’s. 

Rotisserie Chicken

A half rotisserie chicken, served with a cucumber tomato salad and “handsome rice”;  and a Barely Legal rice bowl, both from a new El Pollo Guapo in Wethersfield.

A half rotisserie chicken, served with a cucumber tomato salad and “handsome rice”;  and a Barely Legal rice bowl, both from a new El Pollo Guapo in Wethersfield.

(Suzie Hunter/smhunter@courant.com)

After a luminary reveal, Samuelsson offering a integrate opportunities to bond with New York-based culinary and selling talent, and also gave them $20,000 to ascent a food truck. They’ve given extended a lorry with music and coloured windows.

Mercado will continue catering events and appearing any Sunday during a Coventry Farmers’ Market during Hale Homestead, but Heather pronounced a lorry will differently take a brief mangle while El Pollo Guapo is in a initial few weeks. Roy Riedl, ubiquitous manager Tony Evans and kitchen prolongation manager John Bartlett will be formed in Wethersfield. 

The restaurant opening is “a tiny scary, though really exciting,” after 4 months of construction and development, Heather said. “We are chefs and people who like to take caring of people, give good patron experience. To be means to be open and doing that is so exciting.”

El Pollo Guapo, 1866 Berlin Turnpike, Wethersfield, will be open Tuesday by Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.;  Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 8 p.m. 860-436-4982, elpolloguapo.com, facebook.com/guapoeats.


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