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Andrew and Peggy Cherng dining


Bringing people together to share joy has been our family's inspiration since opening the first Panda Express in 1983 in Glendale, California. As we continue to open restaurants from coast to coast 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.

How it All Started

  • 1983

    Andrew Cherng opens the first Panda Express at the Glendale Galleria in Glendale, California. Peggy Cherng customizes the restaurant's operating systems to assure the very best food and service

  • 1987

    Chef Andy Kao develops our signature dish: Orange Chicken. Inspired by the flavors of Hunan Province, the dish features crispy chicken bites in a sweet and spicy orange sauce. We served 67.9 million pounds of Orange Chicken in 2014.

  • 1993

    We celebrate our 10th anniversary by opening our 100th location on the UCLA campus.

  • 1995

    Our first two airport outlets open at Denver International to feed the appetites of hungry travelers.

  • 1997

    We open our first drive-thru restaurant in Hesperia, California, making it possible for Panda fans on the go to order and receive their food without ever leaving their cars.

  • 1998

    We open our first stadium location at Angel Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. As the song goes, 'Buy me some peanuts and Orange Chicken!".

  • 1999

    Committed to serving the communities in 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.

  • 2001

    We open our first theme park location at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California, allowing thrill-seekers to treat themselves to Panda favorites in between roller coaster rides.

  • 2002

    We introduce the Panda Kids Meal, offering guests with smaller appetites an entree, choice of noodles, rice or mixed veggies, a drink and a cookie.

  • 2005

    Our founders Andrew and Peggy Cherng are inducted into the California Restaurant Association Hall of Fame.

  • 2006

    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 considered the luckiest number in Chinese culture.

  • 2007

    Guest love and enthusiasm propels us to open our 1,000th location in Pasadena, California and achieve $1 billion in revenue for the first time.

  • 2008

    Beijing Beef is born as we celebrate our 25th anniversary. This dish brings together crispy strips of marinated beef, bell peppers and onions in a tangy-sweet sauce.

  • 2009

    We introduce health-minded Wok Smart™ selections, menu items that are 300 calories or less and have at least 8 grams of protein. Eating well at Panda has never been easier.

  • 2010

    Honey Walnut Shrimp makes its debut. Our sweet and crispy creation is made with tempura shrimp wok-tossed in a honey sauce and topped with candied walnuts. It receives the MenuMasters Award for Best New Menu Item of the Year.

  • 2011

    We open our first international restaurant in Mexico City, Mexico. Since then, we have expanded to Guam, Puerto Rico, Canada, South Korea and Dubai.

  • 2014

    We launch our Innovation Kitchen in Pasadena, California to serve as a living laboratory for exploring new menu items, new decor and new ways of serving our guests. We debut our online ordering system and mobile app, making it possible to place orders at the touch of a button or the swipe of a screen.

  • 2015

    Our first Family Day helps to provide 10 million meals to Americans in need and celebrates our family-owned heritage.

  • 2016

    We introduced the world to the Chork, an American Chinese original. The chopstick-fork-hybrid symbolized "a bridge between two cultures, an admission that chopstick mastery is for some, but rice should be for everyone,” said Jeremy Gordon, GQ Magazine.

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