By: Bryan Boggiano
People who crave Popeyes famous chicken sandwiches and a taste of Cajun cuisine might be in luck.
The city received a proposal on June 2 for a new Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen location, which would be built on the corner of Atlantic Blvd. and Coral Springs Drive in Cypress Run Marketplace facing Atlantic Blvd.
The restaurant would be built in the parking lot immediately to the east of the Mobil gas station. According to site plans, there will be parking spots surrounding the restaurant.
Popeyes’s new location would also have a drive-thru. It would be accessible from the east, just north of the physical building. There will be one exit lane right before Atlantic Blvd.
According to city spokesperson Alessandra Assenza, the proposal must pass a series of city and county-level reviews before the commission votes on the new location. These include approvals from the Coral Springs Developmental Review Committee, a county environmental review, and a building permit review.
Additionally, Popeyes and the city will have to outline effects on traffic. They may have to apply for special exceptions, but the city did not mention which ones.
Still, Assenza said that the new location would benefit the local economy.
“This will be the only Popeyes location in Northwest Broward, so it will bring in consumers from Coral Springs as well as the surrounding areas,” she said.
Popeyes first opened in 1972 in New Orleans. The restaurant offers Louisiana and creole-inspired dishes like spicy chicken, fried chicken, and fried shrimp. Popeyes has about 2,700 locations in the United States with more than 3,000 globally.
In August 2019, the restaurant chain received viral attention when they announced their new chicken sandwich. The popularity of the sandwiches caused the restaurant to run out of sandwiches within two weeks. That November, the sandwiches returned.
There are 188 Popeyes locations in Florida, according to the restaurant’s website. The closest locations to Coral Springs are in Lauderhill and Pompano Beach.
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- A University of Florida journalism graduate, Bryan plans to pursue geosciences at Florida International University for his master’s. He has a strong interest in weather, entertainment, and journalism.