If you enjoy the New Orleans style chicken offered by Popeyes Chicken -- you are in luck. There will be two more Popeyes Chicken restaurants opening up in the Grand Rapids area.

Currently there are only two restaurants in the city of Grand Rapids. One is located at 1954 S. Division and the other at 2150 Alpine Avenue.

The new restaurants will be located at 5448 S. Division Avenue and at 2446 28th Street. SE. They will be opened by Franchisee Anthony Basile. The plan is for the stores to open this summer. Basile also operates the Popeyes Chicken locations at 1831 W. Washington Street in Greenville and in Muskegon at 1891 E. Apple Avenue.

The Popeyes Chicken website says the original restaurant was opened by Alvin C. Copeland Sr., back in 1972 and it was called “Chicken on the Run". It was located in the New Orleans suburb of Arabi and served traditional Southern-fried chicken. After months of lackluster performance, Copeland changed things a bit. He decided to try selling spicy, New Orleans-style chicken. When he reopened, the restaurant was called “Popeyes”. It was named after Popeye Doyle of The French Connection.

In August of last year, Popeyes introduced their new chicken sandwich. It is a crispy fried chicken breast, topped with pickles, with your choice of mayo or spicy Cajun sauce, on a brioche bun.

Customers went crazy over the new sandwich, and it was sold out nationally -- for days at some locations. It returned on National Sandwich Day, November 3rd.

I have to admit, I have yet to have one of their new chicken sandwiches. Everyone says they are really good. I guess it's about time to give it try!


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