Forty-five years ago in New Orleans, Louisiana, a taste sensation was born. What began with one small restaurant and one big idea turned into a craze that swept the nation – and the world.

1970s

1972
Alvin C. Copeland, Sr. opens “Chicken on the Run” in the New Orleans suburb of Arabi, serving traditional, Southern-fried chicken.

After several months of lackluster performance, he reopens the restaurant as “Popeyes” (after Popeye Doyle of The French Connection). This time he sells spicy, New Orleans-style chicken.

1979
After tasting Copeland’s famous chicken, local entrepreneur Kal Uezu opened the first Popeyes in Hawaii. He believed the people of Hawaii would love the bold, Cajun flavors.

1980s

1980 
Popeyes introduces its “Love That Chicken from Popeyes®” tagline.

1983 
Popeyes introduces buttermilk biscuits, which later become a significant menu item.

1984 
Popeyes opens its first international location in Toronto, Canada.

1989 
Popeyes introduces crawfish in the United States.

1990s

1992
America’s Favorite Chicken Company (now known as AFC Enterprises, Inc.) is formed and purchases both Popeyes and Church’s Chicken.

1999 
Popeyes receives MenuMasters Awards for Louisiana Legends over rice dishes.

2000s

2008 
The Popeyes brand reinvents itself based on its long-standing roots in Louisiana-inspired home cooking. This includes a new logo, distinctive new products and a new advertising campaign touting “LOUISIANA Fast.”

2009 
Popeyes introduces feisty spokesperson Annie to tell it like it is on national television.

2010 and Beyond

2010 
Wicked Chicken wins MenuMasters Award for Best Limited-time Offer.

2011 
The Popeyes Foundation, Inc. announces partnership to benefit ProStart®, a program for high school students who are interested in culinary arts and food service management.

2013 
Popeyes’ first annual Love That Chicken Month kicks off in September.

2016 
Popeyes Hawaii launches online ordering making it even easier to get the chicken you love!

Company    |   Careers   |   Contact Us

Terms of Use  ---  Privacy Policy     ® 2016 Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. All rights reserved. All trademarks belong to their respective owners.