Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): January 8, 2018 (January 3, 2018)

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
File Number)
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)

3535 Harbor Blvd., Suite 100, Costa Mesa, California
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (714) 599-5000
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)

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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
Effective January 3, 2018, the board of directors of the registrant elected Douglas J. Babb as a director. Mr. Babb has become a Class II director and will serve until the registrant’s 2019 annual meeting of stockholders. There are no arrangements or understandings between Mr. Babb and any other persons pursuant to which he was selected as a director.
Mr. Babb qualifies as an independent director under the rules of the NASDAQ.
There are no transactions involving the registrant and Mr. Babb that require disclosure under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.
Mr. Babb is being indemnified under the registrant’s standard director and officer indemnification agreement, a form of which was filed as Exhibit 10.27 to the registrant’s second amendment to its registration statement on Form S-1, registration number 333-197001, filed on July 22, 2014. Directors and officers are also indemnified under the registrant’s amended and restated certificate of incorporation and amended and restated by-laws. Additionally, for his service as a director, Mr. Babb will receive the same compensation as is received by the other independent directors of the registrant.

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc.
Date: January 8, 2018

/s/ Laurance Roberts
Laurance Roberts
Chief Financial Officer