After Pollo Rey opened in late 1995 on the corner of 8th and Idaho streets, it was followed months later by Bittercreek Alehouse next door. Both eateries have become staples of the 8th Street entertainment corridor.
But this week, the Mexican rotisserie at 222 N. 8th St. was taken over by its neighbor.
Downtown restaurateur Dave Krick and his partner, who own Bittercreek Alehouse and Red Feather Lounge, became the primary owners of Pollo Rey on Dec. 2.
The opportunity to purchase the business came up unexpectedly, Krick says.
“We love Pollo Rey,” he says. “It was a pretty easy decision.”
Pollo Rey regulars can relax; the restaurant isn’t suddenly going to be turned into Bittercreek 2, Krick says.
“We don’t have an immediate plan for any changes with it,” Krick says. “The good news is, it works the way it is.”
Yet Pollo Rey occupies a prime corner spot Downtown. There’s always potential for creativity and growth — even at a counter-order chicken burrito joint.
“We like the concept,” Krick says. “It might just evolve.”