Popeyes to open UK’s first sit-down restaurant with 12-hour marinated chicken

Popeyes is finally opening its first ever sit-down restaurant in the UK.

The Louisiana fried chicken chain launched in the UK back in November 2021 after opening in Westfield Stratford's food court.

In the east London site it offered takeaway chicken sandwiches, biscuits, gravy and so much more.

And it proved a storming success, ranking in the top 10 globally for sales out of 3,600 Popeyes restaurants.

As such the company is looking to expand, bringing its "authentic New Orleans experience" to the rest of the country.

The menu will feature all of the iconic items, including Popeyes' delicious 12-hour marinated chicken.

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Popeyes' mouth-watering chicken is the key ingredient in the sandwich that broke the internet when it was first released.

CEO Tom Crowley said: "We've been blown away by the UK's response to Popeyes, with guests queuing for hours to try it.

"Our legendary menu and Southern spirit have captured the capital already, and we look forward to the launch of Chelmsford.

"Chelmsford was the perfect place for our first sit-down restaurant; it's close to London but sits at the very heart of Essex."

Peter Genna, director of global culinary innovation & product development for Popeyes brand, added: "It's exciting to be opening the first UK restaurant in Chelmsford.

"Popeyes UK has ambitious plans to rapidly become a British staple and to never compromise on the quality that Popeyes is famous for.

"We have no doubt that Chelmsford guests will love Popeyes famous Louisiana chicken."

The new Chelmsford restaurant will located at 67/68 High Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1DH.

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