Monday, June 17, 2024

Popeyes to open location on Bluff Heights edge at 3rd & Redondo in Long Beach

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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

Construction nears completion on the new Popeye’s at 3rd Street and Redondo Avenue. Photo by Brian Addison.

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.

The new Popeye’s sign at 3rd Street and Redondo Avenue. Photo by Brian Addison.

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.

Brian Addison
Brian Addison
Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 25 nominations and three additional wins. In 2019, he was awarded the Food/Culture Critic of the Year across any platform at the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards.

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