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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Popeyes introduces Cane Sweeeet Iced Tea.

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.

2017

Popeyes celebrates its 45th anniversary.

2019

Popeyes celebrates its 40th anniversary in Hawaii.