First, El Coyote Cafe. Next, El Pollo Loco (owned by the WKS Restaurant Group)

If people are getting in an uproar over a $100 donation made by the co-owner of El Coyote, well then here’s the next target for gay marriage supporters. 

Roland Spongberg of Long Beach, CA is the President of WKS Restaurant Group, which runs many El Pollo Loco locations throughout Southern California.  Roland gave $6,000 to the YES ON 8 campaign on 8/21/08.  

Faith at did all the legwork to find out where all these locations were, including a WKS-owned Denny’s in Fontana. (WKS has been hiring for a Corner Bakery location in Arizona, but evidently no Corner Bakeries in California are WKS-owned.) WKS also runs the El Pollo Locos on-campus at CSULA and CSULB.

I’ll admit it.  I’m generally a fan of El Pollo Loco.  

But chicken marinaded in anti-gay sentiment and flame-broiled over hate doesn’t sit well with me.  

So farewell to this and all the other WKS-owned EPLs.  

Photo by j3ku, used under Creative Commons.

You can find the list of El Pollo Loco locations run by WKS Restaurant Group compiled by Faith after the jump.

(by Area Code)

El Pollo Loco #3525 16940 Nordhoff St. Northridge, CA 91343-3526 (818) 895-1680
El Pollo Loco #3532 10651 Balboa Blvd. Granada Hills, CA 91344 phone: (818) 831-4044
El Pollo Loco #3467 4544 Saugus Ave. Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 (818) 990-7655

El Pollo Loco #3526 3925 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90029(323) 665-1333
El Pollo Loco #3504 5151 State University Dr. CSULA Golden Eagle Bldg. Los Angeles, CA 90032 (323) 343-6728
El Pollo Loco #3507 1360 W. Imperial Hwy. Los Angeles, CA 90029 (323) 757-8229
El Pollo Loco #3528 6929 Eastern Av. Bell Gardens, CA 90201

El Pollo Loco #3531< 3008 Sepulveda Blvd. W. Los Angeles, CA 90034 phone: (310) 444-0010
El Pollo Loco #3214 3125 W. Century Blvd. Inglewood, CA 90301 (310) 674-7924
El Pollo Loco #3529 1141 W. Pacific Coast Hwy. Harbor City, CA 90701 (310) 530-0534

El Pollo Loco #3461 7639 Garvey Ave. Rosemead, CA 91770 (626) 307-4394

El Pollo Loco #3457 2727 Carson St. Lakewood, CA 90712 (562) 496-1664
El Pollo Loco #3455 1212 S. Bellflower Blvd. CSULB-Student Union Bldg. Long Beach, CA 90804 (562) 985-2361
El Pollo Loco #3448 16707 Pioneer Blvd. Artesia, CA 90701 (562) 924-6918
El Pollo Loco #3392 2200 Clark Ave. Long Beach, CA 90815 (562) 494-9691
El Pollo Loco #3322 3502 Cerritos Ave. Los Alamitos, CA 90720 (562) 626-8388
El Pollo Loco #3545 3425 E. Anaheim St. Long Beach, CA 90804 (562) 494-1343
El Pollo Loco #3488 11601 Carson St. Lakewood, CA 90712 (562) 924-2250

El Pollo Loco #3494 40468 Murrieta Hot Springs Rd. Murrieta, CA 92562 (951) 304-7082
El Pollo Loco #3521 32451 State Hwy 79. Temecula, CA 92592 (951)302-2611
El Pollo Loco #3495 117 W. Nuevo Road. Perris, CA 92571 (951) 943-4626
El Pollo Loco #3477 31550 Grape St. Lake Elsinore, CA 92532 (951) 245-1542

El Pollo Loco #3458 2232 S. Bristol St. Newport Beach, CA 92660 (949) 474-2120
El Pollo Loco #3490 21212 Bake Pkwy. Lake Forest, CA 92630 (949) 454-8312

El Pollo Loco #3453 120 No. Euclid. Fullerton, CA 92832

El Pollo Loco #3371 8200 Stockdale Hwy. Bakersfield, CA 93311 (661) 831-9443
El Pollo Loco #3476 2000 White Lane. Bakersfield, CA 93304 (661) 396-7639
El Pollo Loco #3475 3701 California Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93309 (661) 322-4887

El Pollo Loco #3506 1090 S. Mt. Vernon. Colton, CA 92324 (909) 777-0045

El Pollo Loco #3565 4330 Genessee Ave. San Diego, CA 92117 (858) 278-0355
El Pollo Loco #3564 8349 Mira Mesa Blvd. San Diego, CA 92126 (858) 578-7553

El Pollo Loco #3563 3444 Midway Dr. San Diego, CA 92110 (619) 523-9904
El Pollo Loco #3562 494 Broadway. El Cajon, CA 92021 (619) 588-6034

And WKS owns this Denny’s in Fontana
Denny’s 17009 Valley Blvd. Fontana, CA 92335 (909) 822-8550

10 thoughts on “First, El Coyote Cafe. Next, El Pollo Loco (owned by the WKS Restaurant Group)”

  1. Yes, by all means, please do hurt minimum wage workers by employing ethical consumerism to put them out of a job because of their employer’s political and ethical sensibilities. I mean, in today’s economy it shouldn’t be too hard for them to find work, right?

  2. Last time I checked, minimum wage employees at El Pollo Loco are paid hourly.

    They get paid regardless of how many sales are made at a location. They don’t get tips. They don’t get bonuses based on sales.

    When you boycott something like ELP, the people you hurt most are the ones who are looking at the bottom line.

  3. Usually in a boycott situation, the aggrieved folks tell the place of business what the grievance is, and that they plan to boycott unless the business does something to make it right. Perhaps in this case, making it right might be something like the business makes a contribution to an opposing group to offset the one they initially made. The ideal situation, I think, is the business makes it right and the boycott isn’t necessary. Then the workers aren’t hurt in any way (which they could be if a boycott was truly successful and the owner had to let employees go, cut their pay, cut their benefits, etc.) Yes, it is a form of coercion, and it probably would not be effective unless a whole lot of people participate in a noisy, organized way.

  4. Just curious, rodger–do you feel that civil rights protestors that boycotted businesses also unfairly hurt the employees of stores with racist policies? Just want you to be consistent in your ethics.

  5. The El polo in Sunset Junction on the pro prop 8 list. To boycott or not? Well, about 1/3 of the people who work there are gay and like 100% of the employees who work there live in the sunset junction neighborhood and most everyone in the community eats there (decent healthy food cheap). So if all the gay and gay supportive community boycott, all these people will be laid off, thus hurting almost everyone in the community, gay and strait.

    This is a hard decision.

  6. I think it’s pretty sad that we live in a city where we have to debate should we boycott something because a corporation that makes millions of dollars pays their employees so little that they are so far in the hole that unemployment might land them in the street. That’s a sad state of affairs and makes me think if that’s the kind of company this is, in addition to its other sick offenses that a boycott of it would be a great idea. And tag on a livable wage component and company sponsored health care for all its employees.

    WKS can more than afford that.

    Lets not forget this company also runs the Corner Bakery Cafe, so while a vegetarian like myself has never indulged in eating murdered chickens, I have had a coffee or two at this place.

    Here are some addresses to places we all innocently frequent.

    8th & Figueroa
    801 S. Figueroa
    Los Angeles, CA 90017
    P: (213) 239-0424
    F: (213) 239-0375

    800 N. San Fernando Ave.
    Burbank, CA 91502
    P: (818) 846-1256
    F: (818) 846-1319

    345 South Lake
    Pasadena, CA 91101
    P: (626) 578-1281
    F: (626) 578-9048

    1019 S. Westwood Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90024-2902
    P: (310) 824-1314
    F: (310) 824-1280

    15626 Ventura Blvd.
    Encino, CA 91436
    P: (818) 981-7514
    F: (818) 981-7569

    I like the fact the first three are easy to get to via public transit. Go Metro.


  7. Oh I just read that part about California ones not being owned, but they are linked on the website…so maybe check that out. I’m just commenting. Sorry if it’s not, but why is it linked.

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