San Antonio vegan food chain Project Pollo will appear this Friday in the Shark Tank season finale | Flavor | San Antonio

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Project Pollo CEO Lucas Bradbury has made no secret of plans to expand his business to 100 stores by 2024.

San Antonio-based vegan restaurant chain Project Pollo will swim with the sharks as it seeks to maintain its growth plans.

The fast-casual concept centered around vegan chicken sandwiches will appear this Friday on ABC’s season finale Shark tank. The long-running reality show allows entrepreneurs to feature a panel of deep-pocketed investors that includes Dallas billionaire Marc Cuban, “Queen of QVC” Lori Greiner and others.

Project Pollo CEO and founder Lucas Bradbury made no secret of his company’s ambitious plans, which include opening 100 stores by 2024 and closing Chick-fil-A. The vegan chain currently operates a dozen outlets in Texas with four more expected to open soon, according to its website.

“We were beyond thrilled when we had the opportunity to film for the show and receive valuable feedback from such a talented group of sharks!” Bradbury said in an emailed statement. “The Pollo Project is here to show the world that the future of mass consumption is plant-based.”

Bradbury’s appearance on shark tank follows just four months after San Antonio physician and inventor Dr. Ali Seifi was presented to the panel for his straw designed to cure hiccups. Cuban ended up paying $250,000 for a 20% stake in Seifi’s HiccAway.

the shark tank episode featuring Project Pollo airs this Friday at 7 p.m. Central Time.

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Tanya S. Norvell