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Famous Filipino Fried Chicken Chain Opening Three San Diego Shops

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Max's of Manila expands locally.

Does San Diego have a big appetite for fried chicken? A Filipino-owned chain is counting on it. Known as "the house that fried chicken built", Max's Restaurants was first founded in the Philippines in 1945 and has grown to span the globe with 200 branches, including outposts in California, Canada and the Middle East.

The company recently shared that it plans on opening three new eateries in San Diego over the course of the next five years. A representative for Max's told Eater that Mira Mesa, Escondido, San Marcos and Chula Vista are currently being scouted for locations with the intent of opening the first store by mid-to-late 2016. The local sites will initially serve Max's core menu, which includes its famous fried chicken and Filipino specialties, while gradually introducing new items.

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