Charlottesville is known for being a town for foodies and now a competition among restaurants could leave one business crying chicken.
So far it's a friendly competition on Route 29 near Hydraulic Road, despite three restaurants on one corner all vying for the same customers.
"Charlottesville has been asking for Popeye's for five years now," said Anis Akram, who owns the Popeye's on Route 29.
While Popeye's finishes construction on the busy Route 29 intersection, the chicken competition is heating up. Popeye's has moved in between two other popular chicken restaurants. It's a coincidence that hasn't escaped the attention of the store owner.
"Charlottesville is going to forget about anyone else once they have Popeye's," Akram said.
Right next door, Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers says they're not going to fly the coop.
"It's been the question for many months, ‘What are you going to do about Popeye's?' And what can you do? They're opening. So we're just going to do what we always do, serve great, quality chicken finger meals with great crew and great culture," said Tawny Matherne, Raising Cane's general manager.
The owner says a little competition won't pluck their feathers.
"I call it the CCC, the Chicken Corridor of Charlottesville," Matherne said.
Kentucky Fried Chicken declined to comment, but their customers had something to say.
"Probably KFC would be my favorite just, it's been around so long and I've ate there since I was a kid," Stacy Madison said.
In fact, there are people in town willing to vie for all three chicken shacks. But you can always find a diplomat, even when it comes to choices of fried chicken.
"I think all birds are wonderful. Some days are a Popeye's day and some days are a Colonel day so it's good that Charlottesville will have both of them," Teresa Clay said.
Popeye's is currently hiring for all shifts and positions and anyone who is interested can go to the new store on Emmet Street. Akram says he hopes to have the restaurant open by April 15.
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