Fifty 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.
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.
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.
Popeyes introduces its “Love That Chicken from Popeyes®” tagline.
Popeyes introduces buttermilk biscuits, which later become a significant menu item.
Popeyes opens its first international location in Toronto, Canada.
America’s Favorite Chicken Company (now known as AFC Enterprises, Inc.) is formed and purchases both Popeyes and Church’s Chicken.
Popeyes receives MenuMasters Awards for Louisiana Legends over rice dishes.
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.”
Popeyes introduces feisty spokesperson Annie to tell it like it is on national television.
2010 and Beyond
Popeyes introduces Cane Sweeeet Iced Tea.
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.
Popeyes’ first annual Love That Chicken Month kicks off in September.
Popeyes celebrates its 45th anniversary.
Popeyes celebrates its 40th anniversary in Hawaii.