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more Popeye's!

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i would have preferred more Pollo Campero's... Popeye's bought a bunch of locations out of a KFC bankruptcy. a creditor confirmed about the company what many of us thought about the food;

"The franchisee's main creditor, GE Capital, preferred the smaller Popeyes offer and expressed a palpable distrust of KFC in the Minneapolis courtroom of U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Nancy Dreher."

http://www.startribune.com/business/1...

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  1. I guess that's a step in the right direction.

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    1. re: galewskj

      Is Popeye's good or just good in comparison to say...what I consider to be bad..like KFC?

      1. re: brlattim

        It's decent fried chicken, but it's not out-of-this-world fried chicken. Vs. KFC, it's head and shoulders better and the sides are much better as well.

        1. re: brlattim

          It's pretty much exactly like KFC, for comparisons sake.

          1. re: olyolyy

            Says who? KFC has nothing that compares to Popeye's spicy fried chicken. Of course they may bland it down for Minnesota, who knows?
            I really wasn't trying to be sarcastic. You never know what corporate thinks the people want.

          2. re: brlattim

            I like it much better than KFC, especially the spicy option. The biscuits are good, decent red beans and rice and the mashed potatoes have a somewhat spicy gravy with bits of green chile. KFC is bland, bland, bland in comparison.

            1. re: brlattim

              as others have said its not going to change your life, but as far as fast food joints go its good. much better than KFC.

              1. re: brlattim

                Next time you're near 35W and Lake in Minneapolis try it for yourself. Cash only though.

            2. I'm thrilled about this...basically echoing what justalex said. I think it is better than KFC (not worlds better, as mentioned), but the biscuits are awesome. Greasy as heck and delicious.

              Variety is always a good thing, people.

              1. It's on like donkey kong

                1. I don't get all the hate for KFC.

                  The sides are atrocious, I'll give you that. But KFC is the undisputed world champion of fried chicken, and for good reason. I'll take a bucket of KFC over a bucket of ANY other fried chicken every single time.

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                  1. re: Freeze666

                    I don't "hate" KFC, I'll have occasionally since theres one very close to my house...but I have to agree with some of the others that Popeye's is better right down the line...including their fried chicken.
                    KFC is "ok" (except for the "extra crispy", which is usually not very good at all).
                    In truth, the hot food bar at the local ShopRite supermarket actually does fried chicken much better than any at KFC.

                    1. re: Freeze666

                      I don't hate KFC, but I strongly disagree that they are the undisputed world champion of fried chicken FOR GOOD REASON. *If* they are the world champion, it is for the same reasons that Mcdonalds is the world champion of hamburgers.

                    2. The KFC signs and "awnings" were coming down yesterday morning on Lexington and University in St. Paul.

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                      1. re: dc1515

                        I was wondering if that was one of the one's that was closing. It's funny, because Hubster and I have said for years that a Popeye's in that location would kill! We shall see if we were right.

                        1. re: Seige

                          Seige, did you know that Trung Nam bakery (6 blocks from there) was a Popeye's back in the early-mid 90s?

                          1. re: MSPD

                            And back in thise days both Popeye's locations were owned by....Dr. John Najarian.

                        2. re: dc1515

                          Went by the Lex and University site yesterday and it had a new paint job. It was kind of yellow -orange. Is that Popeye's or Pollo Campero colors? Anyone know what's going in there?

                            1. re: The Dairy Queen

                              Didn't really look like either of those. I guess they would have to work with the building that's there though.

                              1. re: chazmo

                                You know, our Popeye's is pretty old. Maybe it looks more like a newer popeyes? http://quickserveleader.com/article/p... And like you said, of course, within the constraints of the existing building of course.

                                ~TDQ

                                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                  I found the scoop online. Was hoping for Pollo Campero, but Popeyes wouldn't be too bad:

                                  A total of 14 Kentucky Fried Chicken fast food outlets in California and another 14 in Minnesota shut their doors for the final time Saturday, Nov. 10, including two stores in Redding, one each in Anderson, Chico, Oroville, Yuba City, Linda and 7 in the Bakersfield area including one in Taft.

                                  The franchisee-operated stores have been purchased by AFC Enterprises Inc. of Atlanta, a franchisor and operator of Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen restaurants. After remodeling and refurbishing, the stores will re-open in two to five months as Popeye’s restaurants, company officials said.

                                  1. re: nancyd

                                    Yes, that's pretty much the same info as in the OP.

                                    ~TDQ

                                    1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                      Thanks TDQ. I'm going to start paying attention to the original posts.