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May 20, 1983 - Image 34

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-05-20

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34 Friday, May 20, 1983









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comes to Popeye . . .They
almost immediately think
of spinach . . .that's the
comic character's power
symbol . . .and the thing so
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grateful for . .as well as
spinach growers . . .He's
done more for spinach than
any advertisement beyond
wildest dreams.
But you won't find
spinach at any of the
Popeye's chicken spots that
have spring up around the
country . . .making it
among the nation's fastest
growing chains.
Originator Al Copeland
saw the movie, "French
Connection" in 1972 with
one of the characters called
"Popeye." . . .He liked the
name so much that it stuck
with him . . . and Al went to
King Features . . . bought
rights to use it . . . and to-
day, already has over 300
Popeye's chicken spots
around the country . . . 40
company stores are in New
Orleans alone, where Al is •
Among his most
energetic franchisees are
a couple of gents named
Bill Gregory and Mike
Sullivan ... with rights
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carry-out, drive-through
Al Copeland is only 38
window and some sit- years old . . . and comes to
down ... is at the former Detroit racing his
Jack In The Box site ... Popeye's boats-on the De-
on Greenfield just south troit River ... Last year
of 11 Mile ... next to J. he set a world's record.
Ross Browne.
Everything on Popeye's
Popeye's spicy fried chic- menu was developed by
ken is like none you may Copeland himself.
ever have eaten before ..
The employees at
The cajun taste is achieved Popeye's of Southfield are
by marinating overnight so excellent assets to a fine op-
spices go right through the eration . . . Manager Al
skin . . . not brushed on .. . Czarnik . . . and assistant
This is done after Popeye's managers Donna McAloon,
chickens are cleaned and Darlene Washington and
washed thoroughly . . . The Ken Smith.
longer it marinates, spicier
So many people who have
the chicken gets . . . There's had Popeye's spicy chicken
also a mild chicken which is will attest to its goodness
not spiced . . . with very thin . . . They'll have nothing
flaky breading and moist- else . . . The mild, also .. .
ness that brings out a very Everything on the small
good taste.
menu has a taste all its very
Not enough can be said own . . . The two chickens,
about the buttermilk bis- spicy or mild shrimp, bar-
cuits . . . they're in a class becue beans, onion rings,
all their very own . . . The tole slaw and corn-on-the-
fluffy, high, full-bodied bis- cob.
cuit, which many people
Another big favorite
buy and freeze, took three are the Chicken Tacos at
years to develop . . . and Popeye's made up of
takes days -to make . . . It spicy chicken chunks ...
is unbelievably good as is sauce, lettuce and tomato
. . . without butter . . . topped with cheddar
Honey on the biscuits are a cheese ... tucked into a
real taste delight . . . and crisp tortilla . . . Only one
they make great sand- word for it ... delicious.
If spinach tasted good
The onion rings at stuffed in chicken, you can
Popeye's are not frozen .. . bet your boots that Al Cope-
made fresh each morning . land would have produced
and afternoon from raw on- this, too.
ions .. Another item called
Popeye's spicy chicken is
Cajun Rice . . . ("dirty rice" an adventure . . . and a good
in South because of its ap- one.
pearance with ground meat)
. . . joins the treats . . . along representative to recent
with barbecue beans and opening of Fairlane Char-
coleslaw with their absolute ley's in Dearborn . . . "It was
own identities.
charming. Chuck Muer was
Goal of Bill and Mike is charniing. Chef Larry was
to have 20 Popeye's charming. A fine place with
stores ... They started good food and such nice
four years ago on people. Managers came
Rochester Road and Big from all over the state and
Beaver in Troy, which the employees at Fairlane
last year received an Charley's are so wonderful."
award from Popeye's for
Ellen says Chuck told her
best quality, cleanliness one of the Meriweather's
and service of any in the bought by him will be
entire nationwide chain turned into a Charley's
. .. Other locations be- tavern . . . It's the one in
sides Troy and Southfield Warren.
• • • are Bloomfield Hills,
Pontiac and Mt. Clemens graph and 15 Mile . . . in the
... Bloomfield seats 100, Bloomfield Plaza . .. is
Troy 70, Mt. Clemens, 40, targeted for opening in
Southfield 24 and Pon- about three weeks . . .
tiac 20.
Owner Stephan Becharas
When they opened their will divide his time between
Troy operation, it was the the new spot and his Gallery
first Popeye's in the North on 10 Mile, east of Ever-
. . . and created a new mar- green . . . Both will have the
ket .. ,Popeye's is all over same menu.
the Midwest now.
Bill Gregory has admira- Sero's will take over the
ble qualities about the food former Healthy Jones spot
served from the stores . . . -- on Northwestern Hwy.
like deliveries because he
would rather have people new name of former Hunga-
eat it fresh . . . than served rian Village on Springwells
two hours later ... The de- .. . with original owner
liveries are made 15 min- Dave Ganus back . . . plus
utes before serying time .. . gypsy music .,. . and Hun=
Carry-out and drive- garian food.
through window does a big
job, though, with folks who
don't keep4t this long before PENED TO . . . Hugo Ugo-
lini? . . . Howard Pearl? .. .
There's no guesswork Chico Holiday? . . . Christ-
with Popeye's products .. . opher Smith? .. . Bobby
which accounts for its con- Shan?
sistency . . . The entire sys-
tem is computerized to Quartet is at Bobby Moore's
maintain 'accuracy. '
'(Continued: on Page '35)

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