VICKSBURG, MS - FEBRUARY 12: Outside the Popeyes there is a is a sign that reads Its back! Butterfly Shrimp $4.99. Congratulations! Malcolm Butler. (Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
What Popeyes Was First Called
By Cynthia Anaya
The beloved fried chicken chain Popeyes was founded by Alvin C. Copeland Sr., who decided to compete with the already-established Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise. However, Copeland's first iteration of his restaurant wasn't named "Popeyes," and it took several years for the name we know today to come to fruition.
Popeyes was originally called Chicken on the Run, but became "Popeyes" in 1972, when the restaurant's name was changed to Popeyes Mighty Good Chicken, though the LA Times says the new name was Popeyes Mighty Good Fried Chicken. In 2004, whichever name the chain once used was changed to Popeyes Chicken and Biscuits.
Finally, in 2008, the restaurant rebranded itself as Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, and the name stuck. Most fans simply say "Popeyes," thanks to the "Love That Chicken from Popeyes" slogan, and in case you're wondering, the name comes from Gene Hackman's character in "The French Connection," not Popeye the Sailor Man.