It looks like Jollibee, a cult-favorite fried chicken chain that hails from the Philippines, has plans for its first DFW location.
A tipster pointed Eater in the direction of permits filed with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation that indicate Jollibee will begin construction on the space at 1016 Preston Road that once housed a location of Pollo Tropical in early 2020. The chain already operates multiple U.S. outposts, including a New York location that, when it opened in Manhattan in 2018, inspired serious Jollibee devotees to camp out for upwards of 20 hours in anticipation of crunchy fried chicken.
The restaurant’s signature dish is its juicy fried chicken, or “Chickenjoy,” served with gravy and rice. On the NYC menu, Jollibee also serves dishes like palabok fiesta, a Filipino noodle classic that’s topped with egg, shrimp, and pork rinds, traditional breakfast plates like longanisa sausage served with rice and egg, and fried peach-mango pies.
The permit application for Jollibee’s Plano location indicates that construction on the space is set to be finished in April 2020. Stay tuned for an official opening date.