POPEYES, the world famous fried chicken chain (which is more popular in the USA than KFC) is set to open its first Welsh branch in Cardiff on March 23 as part of its recent expansion across the UK.
Founded over 50 years ago in Louisiana, the American chain offers a range of chicken products including fried chicken sandwiches, hot wings, and tenders, as well as American-inspired sides and sweet treats.
Popeyes’ latest UK branch will be located in a vacant unit in St John Street in the city center of Cardiff.
The ground floor of the unit has been vacant since its former occupier BrightHouse closed down before later collapsing into administration, while the top two floors are currently being used as an escape room.
With over 3,700 restaurants in more than 30 countries around the world, the chain arrived in the UK in November 2021 and now has 16 stores across the country, with plans to open more restaurants in Rotherham, Glasgow, Cambridge, and Reading.
The countdown to the new restaurant opening has been launched on the Popeyes website, following a teaser that the latest branch was “coming soon y’all”.
Once open, the Cardiff branch will offer the signature Louisiana chicken, which is marinated for twelve hours in cajun spices and seasonings, as well as chicken on the bone, hot wings, and spicy tenders.
The menu also includes vegetarian options, with sides such as regular and cajun-seasoned fries, mac and cheese, and a buttermilk biscuit, which can also come with honey or cajun gravy.
For a truly unique side, the gravy can be mixed in with mashed potato, while dips range from mango habanero and garlic mayo to voodoo sweet chilli and red hot honey.
Popeyes has won fans across the world over the years, and their Cardiff branch will be the latest addition to the city’s growing number of chicken outlets, including Eat the Bird, Fowl and Fury, Slim Chickens, Jollibee, Nandos, Wingstack, and Wingman. Despite its rapid expansion,