A restaurant is under fire for re-serving Popeyes chicken.
Hundreds of people started leaving one-star reviews after a customer left a Yelp review explaining that he saw staff carrying in boxes of Popeyes into Sweet Dixie Kitchen in Long Beach, California.
I know [Popeyes] to be the best chicken.
The reviewer said he asked one of the employees if his dish had Popeyes chicken, and they said yes. The owner confirms she does, indeed, serve Popeyes chicken, and proudly so.
"We use Popeyes chicken in two of our dishes," Kimberly Sanchez, the restaurant's owner, told Circa. "We don't sell Popeyes chicken. I don't go get chicken strips and come to my restaurant and go, 'Hey, you want to buy two chicken strips?' "
The menu items with the chicken don't list Popeyes chicken and cost $14.95. Sanchez said she decided to use Popeyes chicken because she can't deep-fry in her kitchen, since it's too old. She said that after trying 6 different vendors, she found Popeyes to be the best.
"I know it to be the best chicken," said Sanchez. "I loved it in Atlanta. I've eaten it in New Orleans at their original location, and I love it. I love it."
Some customers don't love it so much.
"They should disclose that because they are selling other food, and they're trying to present it as their own," said Steve, who was eating there for the first time when we visited.
"A lot of people have moral restrictions with big chains, how they raise their animals, how they cook them" said Omar, also a first-time customer. He says he was pleased with the brownie and tea he ordered.
Other customers don't seem to mind.
"If Popeyes is cool with it, and they're cool with it, I'm cool with it," said another customer who's been to the restaurant multiple times.
But it's unclear if Popeyes is cool with it. The owner has since reached out to the fast-food chain to ask for permission to sell but says she hasn't head back.
As far as the Long Beach Department of Health is concerned, it's OK to serve the food because it's from a licensed source, a spokesperson for the department told the Long Beach Post.
Sanchez said the Department of Health came to inspect the restaurant after receiving calls from 27 people who she claims have never even been to the restaurant. She also told Circa that one of her cooks quit after getting harassed by people outside for working there. She said she has no plans of dropping the chicken from the menu, but she has made some name changes.
"We changed the name of the biscuit sandwich to '#Popeygate.' And then our chicken and waffles, we have changed that name to 'The Addison,' naming it after Brian Addison who picked up the Yelper's story and made this blow up to begin with," said Sanchez.
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