El Pollo Loco notches 16.7% profit gain in 2nd Q

IRVINE Calif. Despite higher operating expenses, El Pollo Loco parent EPL Intermediate Inc., based here, reported a 16.7-percent year-to-year jump in second-quarter profit on revenue that rose 5.8 percent to $69.7 million.

For the quarter ended June 30, net income totaled $1.4 million at the privately held 370-unit chain, compared with net income of $1.2 million for the same period last year.

El Pollo Loco’s bottom line improvement came despite a ye

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