Depending on how you look at it, the Food Gods have either blessed me or cursed me for breaking the #Popeyesgate story four years ago, having then been attached to every growing food controversy since: From the disaster that was Restauration to the utterly baffling and perturbing homophobic rant of a DTLB business owner…
But it also comes with the better news every now and then: I happily get to go to Popeyes whenever something new comes along. I absolutely loved their chicken sandwich—which they filmed a commercial using the disgraced owner of Sweet Dixie Kitchen, using her space as the first to serve the sandwiches in a perfectly planned publicity stunt—and today, I get to announce a new Popeyes location opening on the eastern edge of Bluff Heights.
The Louisiana-based chicken chain’s choice to move here is actually smart from a consumer angle (though not the best dietary-wise, let’s be honest): The tiny, hefty residential area around it is home to little fast food, with the combination Taco Bell/Pizza Hut off of Broadway to the south and little up north until you hit Anaheim.
According to the construction worker on site, the space should be open by the new year and it will not include a drive-through so that parking lot could be… Well, let’s just say it might be a bit hectic.
Let’s just pray the new Breakfast Bar opening around the corner on 4th doesn’t start replacing their chicken and waffles with Popeyes and call it “house-made.”
(Just kiddin’: We know Pamela and Josh Beadel would never be that misleading.)
Popeyes newest Long Beach space will be located at 301 Redondo Ave.