The company is headquartered in Rosemead, California. The Panda Express brand is a casual, fast-food variation of corporate sibling Panda Inn (a chain of upscale, table service restaurants).
Andrew went into business with his father in the United States in 1973, opening their first Panda Inn restaurant in Pasadena, California. In 1982, Peggy joined Andrew in the restaurant business.
While operating Panda Inn, Andrew became acquainted with then-UCLA head football coach Terry Donahue, as well as Terry’s brother Dan, who happened to be in the real estate business. It was because of this connection that in 1983, Donahue Schriber Real Estate, the manager of the Glendale Galleria, invited the Cherngs to develop a fast-food version of Panda Inn for the Galleria’s food court, and Panda Express was launched that October. A second location was opened two years later at the Westside Pavilion in 1985. The chain has steadily expanded across the United States since then.
At first, Panda Express restaurants were found solely in food courts in major shopping malls. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Cherngs began experimenting with supermarket-based branches, through a deal with Vons, and then stand-alone restaurant locations. In 1997, the company opened its first stand-alone, drive-through restaurant, in Hesperia, California.
The chain offers a variety of Chinese-cuisine-inspired dishes, including orange chicken, sweet fire chicken breast, Beijing beef, grilled teriyaki chicken, and Kung Pao chicken, with certain premium dishes such as honey walnut shrimp and black pepper Angus steak having additional costs for the patron. A typical Panda Express meal: Kung Pao chicken, orange chicken, chow mein and steamed vegetables.
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