CHANDLER, AZ — Jollibee, a popular Asian fast-food restaurant chain in the Philippines, is headed to Arizona.
In an email, Dianne Yorro, who works in Jollibee's marketing department, confirmed to ABC15 on Monday that the restaurant chain would open its first restaurant in Arizona in Chandler. It will take over the old Slim Chickens restaurant space near Gilbert and Germann roads.
It is expected to open during the first quarter of 2020, she said in the email.
The menu at Jollibee's includes chicken sandwiches, burgers and fries, Palabok Fiesta (a Filipino noodle dish with garlic sauce, crushed pork rind, shrimp, and egg), burger steaks (burger patties topped with mushroom gravy), spaghetti, and hotdogs. But, "Chickenjoys" -- hand-breaded chicken drumsticks or chicken strips -- are considered to be the signature item. View an online menu.
They also have breakfast items such as Tapa, or beef tenders; Tocino, or sweet pork; Longanisa, or pork sausage; and corned beef.
For dessert, they have peach mango pie, soft-serve ice cream, and an ice cream sundae, according to an online menu.
There are 37 restaurants in the United States and 1,300 around the world, according to Jollibee's website. The first U.S. location opened in 1998 in Daly City, California.
Mouth by Southwest, a blog focused on the East Valley dining scene, was first to report the news.