When Popeyes released their now iconic fried chicken sandwich on August 12th, it was a debut that went largely unnoticed. The sandwich was presented at Sweet Dixie Kitchen, a trendy Los Angeles restaurant that had previously served chicken sandwiches with fried chicken from Popeyes. Although the launch was standard business, Popeyes fans were enthusiastic about the new offering. Little did they know that the sandwich would soon become a phenomenon that would take the nation by storm. It wasn't long before rival Chick-fil-A took to Twitter to promote their own sandwich as the original.
This sparked a heated debate between fans of both restaurants, and soon enough, the Popeyes sandwich had become a household name. The chain's previous sandwiches, such as a fried shrimp po' boy and a sandwich made with chicken strips, had not received the same response as the current chicken sandwich. The popularity of the sandwich was so great that it sold out nationwide in a matter of days. Customers had to wait two months for the relaunch of their beloved fried chicken sandwich. During this time, reports of chicken sandwich-related violence in some Popeyes locations began to surface, including a deadly stabbing attack in Maryland on Monday, the second day of the sandwich's return in stores. The share of wallet data after the launch indicated a shift in spending on chicken sandwiches among several of the industry's major players.
Quavo even joked about selling Popeyes sandwiches at a discount, and one worker in Los Angeles even tried to do it - only to be attacked by his co-workers who believed that Popeyes was hiding it from them. When The Sandwich 2.0 finally returned in November, it captured the same explosive energy as Chicken Sandwich War. The entire stock lasted two weeks, and Popeyes tweeted an official statement that the sandwiches had sold out. Restaurants and customers placed handmade signs informing aspiring hungry diners that the sandwich was no longer available. The Popeyes fried chicken sandwich has become an iconic dish that has taken the nation by storm. It has far exceeded the offerings of its rivals and made many consider it a viable option for other chicken sites like Raising Cane's and Zaxby's.
It is clear that this is one phenomenon that will not be forgotten anytime soon.