How Was "Popeye's Chicken" Named?
Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits, usually called just "Popeyes," is a chain of fried chicken fast food restaurants that is controlled by Atlanta-based AFC Enterprises.
Popeyes first opened in Arabi, Louisiana, a suburb outside New Orleans in 1972 as "Chicken on the Run," a chicken restaurant owned by Al Copeland. The name was changed shortly afterwards, after the fictional detective Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle in the movie The French Connection (in turn based on a real detective Eddie Egan, whose nickname did not derive from the cartoon character). The chain would later license the namesake cartoon characters for use as a promotional tool, which added to the confusion as to the source. Recently, however, Popeyes Chicken and Biscuits has omitted the use of "Popeye the Sailor" in promotions; one reason given was the inability to market their food effectively with a sailor character. (Wikipedia)
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