Is popular Filipino fast food brand Jollibee coming to Hillsboro?
Although the Jollibee fast food empire has something of a cult following, the chain has yet to open a location in the Portland area. Beloved for its approach to fried chicken and hot dog and ham spaghetti, the Filipino restaurant group operates more than 1,000 locations around the world – 70 of them are in the United States, including in Washington and California, but none are in Oregon. However, the growing group seems to be planning a place in Hillsboro, Willamette Week reported for the first time.
So far, the company hasn’t made any announcements about an Oregon opening, or posted any job openings for the area. However, the Tanasbourne Village Directory now lists it among its restaurants, which also include five guys, Gangnam Korean BBQand Bo Bo tea Accommodation. The mall is just 20 minutes outside of downtown Portland via Sunset Highway; if the opening does happen, it will mean Portland and its neighbors can drive out to pick up buckets of its golden fried chicken and meaty spaghetti. However, like the opening of In-N-Out in Keizer, this can have the unintended consequence of extra-long lines and potentially traffic issues.
So far, the Jollibee and Tanasbourne Village crews have not responded to Eater’s inquiries regarding the status of the chain’s potential Hillsboro opening. This story will be updated with more information when it becomes available.
Updated Friday, May 20 at 10:55 a.m.:
It looks like the Jollibee team has responded to the Oregonian request for comment and confirmed plans to open in Hillsboro. However, it looks like the location won’t open until 2024. Looks like Portlanders will have to wait for Filipino spaghetti and fried chicken.