A bit more than a year after opening a new restaurant in the Inner Harbor, Chicken Rico will introduce the sixth of its fast casual dining establishments later this year in Dundalk.
The company issued a press release saying it would open a Chicken Rico in a shopping center at 1245 Merritt Boulevard in 2016.
There currently are three Chicken Ricos in the Washington, D.C. area and two more in Baltimore at 55 Market Place in the Inner Harbor and at 3728 Eastern Ave.
The restaurants' Peruvian-style chickens are rubbed with a distinctive marinade and grilled over charcoal. The chain is owned by the husband and wife team of Fernando Sanchez and (following in her mother's footsteps) Mirian Giordano. Dora Giordano launched the first Chicken Rico in Lima, Peru, in 1970, according to the restaurant website.
Mirian Giordano and Sanchez opened their first restaurant under the name "Super Chicken" in Northern Virginia in 1994 and moved into the Baltimore area not quite 10 years later.
David Donato, senior vice president of Continental Realty's commercial division, which owns the Dundalk shopping center, predicted that the family-owned and operated restaurant would bring customers to the retail establishments.
"As evidenced by the long-term success of their five other locations," Donato said in the release, Sanchez and Giordano "have demonstrated the ability to quickly establish loyal consumer followings."