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Popeyes Is Getting Rid Of This Restaurant Feature For Good

It's the end of an era in the chain's history.

It's the end of an era at Popeyes, according to reports coming out of Lafayette, La. According to a local radio station, Hot 107.9, the beloved chicken chain is doing away with its last existing buffet.

In case you missed it, Popeyes had operated all-you-can-eat buffets filled with fried chicken, biscuits, and mac and cheese at some of its stores over the years. But according to the radio station, the restaurant at 1300 W. Pinhook Road was the last remaining location to do so. Now, employees have confirmed that the buffet is gone for good.

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During the pandemic, the Lafayette restaurant temporarily shut down its indoor dining, and while COVID-19 restrictions have eased up since, management decided to retire the buffet feature altogether. The restaurant even removed a green banner sign on the marquee advertising the all-you-can-eat Popeyes option as the last remaining of its kind in the world.

According to Eater, the buffet was somewhat of a hometown celebrity and was covered in the local media often. It cost less than $10 to eat as much fried chicken and sides as you possibly can—something even the late Anthony Bourdain enjoyed when shooting an episode of his TV show Parts Unknown in town. The superstar chef and food journalist allegedly ate at the buffet for three days straight and confessed his addiction to the chain's Mac & Cheese.

Hot 107.9 says the chain operated three buffet locations worldwide in 2010. Five years later, the radio station was able to confirm that at least one of those stores, in Panama City, had phased out its buffet option. By 2017, Lafayette was the last remaining Popeyes buffet in the world.

Eat This, Not That! has reached out to Popeyes for comment and will update this article with any responses we receive.

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Mura Dominko
Mura is ETNT's Executive Editor, leading the coverage of America's favorite restaurant chains, grocery stores, and viral food moments. Read more about Mura