COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. — Popeyes’ new chicken sandwich launched a thousand memes and fierce debate over who does it better: Popeyes or Chick-fil-A?
The answer is unclear, but one Popeyes manager is threatening to take it off the menu amid the craze.
WRDW reports the manager of the restaurant on Belair Road in Columbia County, Georgia, said the sandwich is spawning long lines and accidents. Because of this, the manager said they are considering no longer selling the sandwich.
Deputies told the station that they have had deputies directing traffic to manage the lines.
With so many turning out to taste the new sandwich, the manager told WRDW that they ran out of chicken sandwiches, and they’re not alone.
Jose Cil, CEO of Popeyes-owner Restaurant Brands, told Yahoo Finance, “We didn’t expect this type of reaction.”
The popular release has even evoked responses from competitors.
Chick-fil-A tweeted, “Bun + Chicken + Pickles = all the (love) for the original,” seeming to tout themselves as the original over Popeyes’ new dish.
Bun + Chicken + Pickles = all the ❤️ for the original. pic.twitter.com/qBAIIxZx5v
— Chick-fil-A, Inc. (@ChickfilA) August 19, 2019
Wendy’s even jumped in, tweeting, “Y’all out here fighting about which of these fools has the second-best chicken sandwich.”
Y’all out here fighting about which of these fools has the second best chicken sandwich. pic.twitter.com/4v9RJFgy0T
— Wendy's (@Wendys) August 19, 2019
Popeyes fired back, writing, “Sounds like someone just ate one of our biscuits. Cause y’all looking thirsty.”
Wendy’s snapped back, “lol, guess that means the food’s as dry as the jokes.”
lol, guess that means the food’s as dry as the jokes https://t.co/aX3XnRunNW
— Wendy's (@Wendys) August 20, 2019
On Tuesday afternoon, Popeyes tweeted a video announcing the chain is out of chicken sandwiches.
Y’all. We love that you love The Sandwich. Unfortunately we’re sold out (for now). pic.twitter.com/Askp7aH5Rr
— Popeyes Chicken (@PopeyesChicken) August 27, 2019
“You ate ’em ALL,” Popeyes said in the video.
The company promised that the chicken sandwiches will be back soon — “For. Good.”