Five Popeye's restaurants close in Indianapolis

Sep 18, 2010 Full story: WTHR-TV Indianapolis 36

The popular fast-food chain with a Cajun flair is now out of business in Indianapolis.

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Starlet Miller

Greens Fork, IN

#22 Nov 2, 2010
ScubaSteve wrote:
I really love Popeye's food. Every time I fly through Atlanta, I make it a point to stop at the airport Popeye's. Its the most diverse restaurant in the airport. Making MLK Jr proud in his grave. I frequent the Popeyes on the northeast side. Just north of where I65 and 865 converge. I too am also white, and it usually is pretty diverse in there. Staff and clientale. I usually have a good experience there. It saddens me to hear the over generalisations above because of race. I think it just happens to be the individuals and their lack of respect for themselves and others, white or black. I disappoint myself because in all honesty I would probably drive by the Popeyes in other indy locations because I would expect that kind of treatment. maybe I would, maybe I wouldnt...anyways, reading this made me upset that we arent as far along as we should be about race relations. White people like this need to stop over generalizing and prejudging. Black people like this need to have more respect for themselves and others. In a service job, you have to put others first. Its called service, serve people. Restaurant owners shouldnt hire people tht dont like to do this. It only makes them look bad, makes their rest. unprofitable, and eventually bleeds their restaurant dry and the gov. takes it over like in this case. sad sad sad...all around
Puuuhhhleeese...

Don't be tellin' no negros ta "serve people"
Do not Generalize

Indianapolis, IN

#23 Jan 25, 2011
I've been to restaurants run by all different ethnic groups and have had both good and bad experiences.
When I have a bad experience I don't leave and say "Wow, all Indians, italians, blacks, whites, chinese, cubans are rude"
I chock it up to the particular individual that served me.
It's funny how when it's someone ethnic everyone is lumped together and it's a reflection of the entire race but when it non-ethnic they're treated as individuals and considered an anomaly.
Rude, inept people come in all colors.
And for those that act like most/all black establishments are run by crooked people. Remember Wall Street, which is run by a whole lot of crooked white men.
So don't look down your nose on ethnic people when the biggest crooks have been in power running our country since it began.
On another note, a crook/drug dealer wearing a suit and living in the suburbs or sitting in an Ivy League college is still a crook/drug dealer. Criminal elements are not limited to the poor or minorities. So all these racist people with their racist attitudes need to open their eyes and their minds to see that and stop lumping all ethnic people together.
Thank God

Indianapolis, IN

#24 Jan 25, 2011
Now maybe the Blacks will move out of this great city!
Dea

Circleville, OH

#25 Jan 25, 2011
White girl who loves their chicken. Never felt that I got worse service than anyone else. There were always a bunch of people sighing and grumbling that it took too damn long, whatever our colors. But then I know the rudest fast food place in the city is the KFC/Taco Bell at 25th and Meridian. Those people are truly mentally defective (and yes its a bi-racial crew -- It must be on a radioactive Indian Burial Ground)

Please someone pick up this goldmine. Also: KEEP THE ONION RINGS ON THE MENU Please!

Since: Jan 11

Ingalls, IN

#26 Jan 27, 2011
Enjoyed the food whenever I visited the ghetto areas. All you have to do is smile at the big ones. I think they like the skinny white dudes. I got extra food at the one by Lafayette Square Mall. They didn't have anything in Castleton/Noblesville/Fishers/ Carmel/Broad Ripple so didn't frequent them to much.
Victor D Phillips

United States

#27 Feb 2, 2011
ScubaSteve wrote:
I really love Popeye's food. Every time I fly through Atlanta, I make it a point to stop at the airport Popeye's. Its the most diverse restaurant in the airport. Making MLK Jr proud in his grave. I frequent the Popeyes on the northeast side. Just north of where I65 and 865 converge. I too am also white, and it usually is pretty diverse in there. Staff and clientale. I usually have a good experience there. It saddens me to hear the over generalisations above because of race. I think it just happens to be the individuals and their lack of respect for themselves and others, white or black. I disappoint myself because in all honesty I would probably drive by the Popeyes in other indy locations because I would expect that kind of treatment. maybe I would, maybe I wouldnt...anyways, reading this made me upset that we arent as far along as we should be about race relations. White people like this need to stop over generalizing and prejudging. Black people like this need to have more respect for themselves and others. In a service job, you have to put others first. Its called service, serve people. Restaurant owners shouldnt hire people tht dont like to do this. It only makes them look bad, makes their rest. unprofitable, and eventually bleeds their restaurant dry and the gov. takes it over like in this case. sad sad sad...all around
Scuba Steve,

I've tried to contact you at your old email address concerning the ALR and Post 64,.....look up my name, number, and email address and holla at me when you get a chance,..Spring is right around the corner, and I need to get my Bike up and running so I can participate this year,

Victor D Phillips
Victor D Phillips

United States

#28 Feb 2, 2011
I have lived from NYC to LA and thrived on Cultural Food no matter where I've lived

I've recievied great service almost every where I go and have little to no complaints about any Resturant or Fast Food eatery I've been in.

It saddenens me to read that even some of the black people on this post have experienced the same kind of poor quailty service as have I.

DONT BLAME it on being High School Students / High School Drop Outs,..or lack of decent pay.

IF a person wants to work, and KEEP their JOB it should be based on the quailty of their performance and their abilty to treet EVERY customer with respect, and timly service.

Everyone wants to point the finger at someone else and NOT accecpt responcibilty for their actions or ability to act in a professional manner regardless of their position.

I've seen some RUDE customers give a fast food employee a hard time,.and handle it great,..and when its my time to place my order, I make sure to let them know that I think they did a GREAT JOB of handling the jerk that was giving them a hard time !

The color,..or lack there of,..should make no difference in delivering fast, prompt, polite service, to any customer,..in any establishment,.
who is spending their MONEY, which is what ends up on your Pay Check !
ignorance is bliss

United States

#29 May 12, 2011
Race, racism, racist!!!! Yes I'm black and proud of it. It's sad to see all the racist comments on here. I love people point blank period no matter their skin color. The point is the man didn't pay his taxes. So what if he's black. Hell a lot of white people don't pay taxes on their businesses either. What y'all should do is get rid of the HATE in your hearts. Hate and racism are taught. God don't like UGLY and he's not too fond of pretty either. With that being said have a great life and may God bless all of you.
ignorance is bliss

United States

#30 May 12, 2011
Thank God wrote:
Now maybe the Blacks will move out of this great city!
Thank God, wow we're not going anywhere baby. Try being a man/woman of God. God sees no color. We are here to stay. May God have mercy on your racist soul!!!!!
No name

Indianapolis, IN

#31 Jun 12, 2011
As far as judgement goes I believe the quality of the managers that are hired for these establishments are the problem. If you want a successful restaurant you must hire a professional experienced person for these type of roles. Not a ghetto guy or girl from the hood and call them a restaurant manager. The owners made bad hiring choices that's why they owe taxes and closed down. Popeyes would be successful if operated properly and professionally, You get what you pay for with hired help and that's what they got. Rude, racist, unprofessional and ghetto workers. You can be very selective about who you hire in this economy owners and operators need to think outside of the box!
the super kaptoz

Jeffersonville, IN

#32 Jun 13, 2011
I think the naacp is filing racism against mcdonald's for popeye's shutting down in indy lol.
there you go more jobs obama has lost us lol, only had obama come to indianpolis and ate at popeye's with the new black panthers lol.so five restaurants shut down, you are looking at about maybe jobs wise
300 workers and jobs lost,from mgt to employee's .
and daily obama admin unveils a new michelle obama dietary plan lol. and daily mcdonald's is attacked by the left for being unhealthy food for kids to eat, they changed much of their menu and added healthier foods, still yet it's not good enough for the lefties.yet thanks to mcdonald's obama jobs in june were higher due to the sole fact mcdonald's hired 150k workers lol.yes and mcdonald's had to geta waiver from obama's hellcare plan to offer up 150k jobs lol.mostly to minorities of course was the deal cut in upper mgt of course mainly and mcdonalds offering more franchises to black people.it's true many times when you approach a black worker and ask a question about something on the menu, they come across very rude and angry, most never say thank you at least in my case and other I have witnessed at local restuarant's or even stores they work in.It's kind of like they hate serving anyone that's not black lol.
Navin Johnson

Indianapolis, IN

#33 Jun 13, 2011
Soul is the white train wreck love child of Sharpton and Jackson. He picks an old topic, baits and switches, puts his racist spin on it (and every post), and then blames Obama. So funny. You just love to perpetuate it don't you? You are no different than those you choose to complain about.
velogeezer

Indianapolis, IN

#36 Jun 14, 2011
I have been around for a long time and I remember when surly counter people and waitresses and waiters could get away with it, but those days are long gone.
I think it is a matter of management. If a manager doesn't ride herd on his people who interact with the public and make sure they show a pleasant face to the public and leave their bad attitude at home, his operation is going into the toilet.
tisha

Indianapolis, IN

#37 Jul 27, 2011
i don't know whether to laugh or roll my eyes at your comment stfu
westside

United States

#38 Oct 21, 2011
i see that popeyes is coming back. There a sign in front of the closed Wendys stating Popeyes 16th Sharon
Money

Indianapolis, IN

#39 Dec 18, 2012
Ole John wrote:
I've had problems almost everytime I've stopped to eat at any Popeyes Resturant.
The help behind the counter were almost all black people, and their attitude towards me, a white person, was very obvious, I was not talked to in a polite or friendly manner.
I was made to wait longer than anyone else, even people who came in after me, and ordered, would get their food before I would.
While at the Resturant on the Northside, another white person picked up on the same feelings as I felt and mentioned it to the person behind the cashier, and he was told that he was just gonna have to wait his turn.
No reason behind this, like,..
"Im sorry, your Spicy Chicken is still in the Frier, but it will be out in one minute."
It was obvious to see that the blacks who ate at this resturant got greeted friendly, and was given much better service, than white people.
I was never treated "Bad",...but rather they just made sure I wasnt treeted good, like any good resturant, or business should.
Im surprised there wasnt some kind of blowback before now.
I used to go to the "SOUL FOOD KITCHEN" on Sherman Drive, and 30th, and was overwhelmed by the kindness these Ladies bestowed upon me for visiting their little kitchen,..Fridays was the best,...
FISH smothered in Mustard, Ketsup and Hot Sauce,
now that was GREAT !
Take yo ass to KFC then

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