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Pollo Campero opens new branch in Lawrence

Pollo Campero's empanadas. The newest branch in the

Pollo Campero's empanadas. The newest branch in the chain is in Lawrence. Credit: Pollo Campero

Pollo Campero, the Latin chain known for its fried and grilled chicken, has opened a branch in Lawrence. It’s the sixth Pollo Campero on Long Island.

Pollo Campero started in 1971 in Guatemala. There now are more than 300 branches worldwide, with 55 in the United States. The first U.S. spot opened in 2002 in Los Angeles.

The specialties are chicken, breaded and fried; grilled with Peruvian spices; in “boneless bites,” empanadas, and bowls with rice, black beans, and mild peppers. Polo Campero offers cilantro-lime and chipotle-honey mustard dipping sauces.

It’s open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. five days and to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Other local branches are situated in Hempstead, Glen Cove, Huntington Station, Bay Shore, and Central Islip.

The Lawrence restaurant is at 301A Rockaway Tpke., 516-239-8969,

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