Bringing people together to talk about joy has been our family’s inspiration since opening the first Panda Express menu in 1983 in Glendale, California. As we still open restaurants everywhere and around the world, the bold flavors of Chinese cuisine inspire our cooking, while our extended family of guests and associates remains at the heart of what we do Welcome to our family’s Chinese Kitchen.
1983 – Andrew Cherng opens the first Panda Express at the Glendale Galleria in Glendale, California. Peggy Cherng customizes the restaurant’s systems to ensure the top food and repair.
1987 – Chef Andy Kao develops The First Orange Chicken® entree for Panda Express. Inspired from the flavors of Hunan Province, the dish features crispy chicken bites in a sweet and spicy orange sauce. Since 2016, we have served 80 million pounds from the Original Orange Chicken.
We celebrate our 10th anniversary by opening our 100th location on the UCLA campus. Our first two airport outlets open at Denver International to feed the appetites of hungry travelers. We open our first drive-thru restaurant in Hesperia, California, making it feasible for Panda fans on the visit order and receive their food without ever leaving their cars.
We open our first stadium location at Angel Stadium, home of the La Angels of Anaheim. As the song goes, ‘Buy me some peanuts and Orange Chicken!’. Focused on serving the communities by which we operate, we proudly launch Panda Cares. Our philanthropic arm is dedicated to providing food, funding and volunteer services to underserved children and disaster relief efforts.
We open our first amusement park location at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California, allowing thrill-seekers to deal with themselves to Panda favorites between roller coaster rides. We introduce the Panda Kids Meal, offering guests with smaller appetites an entree, selection of noodles, rice or mixed veggies, a drink along with a cookie.
Our founders Andrew and Peggy Cherng are inducted into the California Restaurant Association Hall of Fame. We open our first military location at Edwards Air Force Base in Lancaster, California, as well as our 888th restaurant in Sacramento, California. Eight is the luckiest number in Chinese culture.
Guest love and enthusiasm propels us to open up our 1,000th location in Pasadena, California and achieve $1 billion in revenue the first time. Beijing Beef® comes into the world since we celebrate our 25th anniversary. This dish brings together crispy strips of marinated beef, bell peppers and onions in a tangy-sweet sauce.
We introduce health-minded Wok Smart™ selections, menu items which are 300 calories or less and have a minimum of 8 grams of protein. Eating well at Panda Express menu prices has never been so easy. Honey Walnut Shrimp makes its debut. Our sweet and crispy creation is produced with tempura shrimp wok-tossed in a honey sauce and topped with candied walnuts. It receives the MenuMasters Award for optimum pncpew Menu Item of year.
We open our first international restaurant in Mexico City, Mexico. Ever since then, we have expanded to Guam, Puerto Rico, Canada, South Korea and Dubai. We launch our Innovation Kitchen in Pasadena, California to serve as a living laboratory for exploring new menu items, new decor and new methods for serving our guests. We debut our online ordering system and mobile app, to be able to place orders at the touch of a button or perhaps the swipe of the screen.
Our first Family Day helps to provide ten million meals to Americans in need and celebrates our family-owned heritage. We introduced the entire world towards the Chork, a united states Chinese original. The chopstick-fork-hybrid symbolized “a bridge between two cultures, an admission that chopstick mastery is perfect for some, but rice ought to be for anyone,” said Jeremy Gordon, GQ.