Popeyes just did a mic drop a couple weeks after altering the course of American history with the release of an internet-breaking fried chicken sandwich on its menu: It pulled the sandwich altogether.
In a pretty smart publicity stunt, the restaurant told fans over Twitter on Tuesday that while it has sold out of chicken sandwiches across the country, the bird between two buns will be back, “for good.” (Fans can download and check the Popeyes app for updates, of course.)
Over on Popeyes website, the homepage now just reads “Chicken Sandwich Be Right Back,” coyly, offering a sad picture of an empty sandwich wrapper and some leftover chicken crumbs as evidence.
Oh, Popeyes, you’re good.
Just because Popeyes’ Twitter said the sandwiches are gone, does that really mean they’re gone? We called around to several Denver-area locations to ask.
At four of eight Denver Popeyes locations, the phones rang and rang, but no one picked up. One number sent callers to a mailbox that’s already full, while another line appeared to be off the hook.
When I finally got a hold of a woman at the Federal Boulevard store, she did have some information: “I don’t know, but my boss told me we’re going to have it next week.”
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“What?” I asked. “When?”
“Alright ma’am, have a good one,” was all she said.
Things got stranger. When I reached a Colorado Springs location on Baptist Road, a man answered, breathless: “Popeyes Colorado Springs, just so you know, we don’t have the sandwiches.”
I was about to hang up, because Colorado Springs is clearly outside the reasonable radius for a Denver-area chicken-sandwich hunt, until he said: “But I got lucky, and I got three cases coming in tomorrow.”
I actually gasped.
The kind man went on to explain that his lucky shipment would last only a few hours, judging by past weeks’ sales. Then, hurriedly, he gave me the restaurant’s address, and that was it.
So there is one hallowed store, at least.
At the risk of making one Popeyes store even more of a madhouse for what might be the last rush until all this chicken sandwich nonsense restarts, I will tell you this: The store is at 1190 W. Baptist Road in Colorado Springs, some 50 miles south of Denver, a straight shot down I-25.
And though the window will be small, the road literally long, the chicken probably gone (or never even coming to begin with), do with that information what you will. I wish us all luck.
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