|This entry refers to a departed business — a business that has closed or left town. Information here is mostly for historical reference.|
|1404 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-2111|
|1457 Freedom Boulevard, Watsonville, CA 95076-2149|
|(enter former owners)|
|1977 - 1988 in Santa Cruz County.|
This was a chain of fast food restaurants that started in Southern California (where many fast food places began) in 1961. Many people have said that Pioneer Chicken had better tasting and larger pieces of chicken than any other fast food chicken outlets.
In the 1990's the company was sold to AFC Enterprises. Most of the locations became Popeye's Chicken.