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Chicken restaurateurs can taste success

Daniel Bouwmeester    September 19, 2023    2 min read   

By Megan Woolley

Bellbird Park residents Rhutu Prayaga and Bhavani Vakity Reddy are hoping Latin American inspired cuisine catches on after recently opening a new chicken restaurant in the region.

In November, the pair officially opened the brand new Capricho Grilled Chicken to patrons at the Park Ridge Town Centre, marking the chain’s first location state-wide. For comparison, there are currently 10 restaurants located across Victoria.

Rhutu said that she and Bhavani were inspired after trying the chicken at one of the Melbourne stores.

“We enjoyed the flavours and we started talking with the owners and got to know that they are expanding, and it gave us the idea: why not try in Queensland?” Rhutu explained.

Although they live in Springfield, Rhutu and Bhavani have connections to Park Ridge and frequently visit the area, explaining their first choice of location. The home ground of Bhavani’s cricket team is located in the suburb.

It’s all smiles on opening day. Image: Capricho Grilled Chicken.

Their early success means they are now eyeing a potential second location closer to home.

“We would love to bring the flavour to Springfield. There is currently a Nando’s and a Guzman [y Gomez], but nothing quite like this.

“My friends in Springfield and Spring Mountain love it, and they travel to Park Ridge for it.”

Capricho Grilled Chicken uses locally sourced and chemical-free ingredients for their meals, which are made fresh in-house – from their signature open-flame grilled Latin inspired marinated chicken and sauces to their range of burgers and bowls.

“We are looking forward to spreading the flavours of the brand around in the community! We want everyone to enjoy it as much as we do!”

If you’re heading towards Park Ridge, stop by Capricho Grilled Chicken at 3732 Mount Lindesay Highway. Open every day from 10am to 10pm.

Daniel Bouwmeester contributed to this story.

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Daniel Bouwmeester

Daniel was born in a mining town in New South Wales to Dutch and Welsh immigrants, before relocating to Logan City, where he attended Canterbury College for twelve years. He pursued his passion for music by completing a first-class honours degree at the University of Queensland (UQ), and later signed with a local record label. He has travelled the world from a young age, including a student exchange in rural France, a job working the ski lifts in Colorado, and visits to the islands of the South Pacific. After a six-year career in market research, Daniel returned to UQ to complete a Bachelor of Journalism and Arts dual degree, majoring in political science. His varied experiences at home and abroad have contributed to a passion for spreading good news while defending the truth buried inside complex societal paradigms.