Restaurant That’s Not Popeye’s Proudly Serves Popeye’s Chicken
What's the point of going to a restaurant if they don't actually make the food? I'm still trying to figure that out, as one California restaurant proudly serves Popeye's chicken. And no, it's NOT Popeye's.
Yelp reviewer Tyler H. wrote:
“Before my friends and I got seated [at the restaurant] we saw them quickly bring in two large boxes of Popeyes to the kitchen.”
Tyler went on to order the chicken and waffles and realized that the chicken tasted a lot like Popeye's. After he asked the server how they made their chicken, he was told the restaurant did in fact use Popeye's chicken. Kudos for the restaurant for not lying about it, I guess.
Kim Sanchez, the owner of the restaurant saw the Yelp review, blasting the restaurant for using Popeye's chicken and responded:
“We PROUDLY SERVE Popeye’s spicy tenders — the best fried chicken anywhere and from New Orleans — which are delivered twice a day. We also in case you need to know buy our gumbo from a friend who sells it at a local farmers market.”
“We promote usually small batch local producers in our menu. The exception is Popeyes – we can’t fry at this location – and it the fried chicken I love so much and I ate a ton of it in the ATL. So I serve it."
Now, you might be thinking they're passing this off as their own, and only claim the use Popeye's when asked about it. No. It's displayed in the store. According to Sanchez:
“We wrote it on our board in the restaurant, ‘Imported from Louisiana this week, thank you Popeyes.’ It wasn’t a secret. We use the chicken as an ingredient in a menu item we made, we don’t use their sauces or anything else.”
The big problem people are having with this, is the restaurant using Popeye's chicken and then charging a premium for it. Well, then go to Popeye's if you want chicken.