Oscar Ramirez arrived in Southern California from Peru in 1995 and learned the restaurant trade working at P.F. Chang, the Cheesecake Factory and California Pizza Kitchen. He saved money and opened his restaurant in 2010.
The best part of the job: meeting different people, he says, and he gets to meet many working 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day.
El Pollo Imperial’s signature dish: Lomo Saltado, marinated strips of stir-fried beef with onions, tomatoes, french fries, and other ingredients, typically served with rice.