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Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen expected to open this fall

Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen construction

Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen, known for its Cajun menu and Louisiana-style fried chicken, is expected to open in Mission Viejo this fall.

The 2,360-square-foot eatery with a drive-through replaced the Mission Viejo Rentals building and storage yard that was demolished late last year. Located near Sonic Burgers at 23462 Los Alisos Boulevard, the fast-food restaurant will be the chain’s first south Orange County location.

Stay tuned here for updates or visit http://www.popeyes.com for more information.


Submitted by bread rolls on Fri, 04/06/2018 - 11:57 pm


I love love Popeyes...but, I love Shakey’s Pizza Parlour even more!! ...the combination of soft warm tasty Mojo seasoned potatoes, bar style thin pizza and salty crispy fried chicken cannot be beaten.

Anyone remember Shakey’s on La Paz, close to Cabot, back in the day???

Someone, perhaps rich or just wanting to start a business venture... please invest in, open up and bring back Shakey’s in MV!!!!!!!!!!

Submitted by Jenny on Mon, 02/19/2018 - 4:34 pm


So happy to see a Popeye's Chicken opening up in South Orange County! We've driven to the Santa Ana location a few times to get our spicy chicken fix but traffic is bad. Can't wait for this location to open! We'll be regular customers.

Submitted by Chicken Lover on Fri, 08/18/2017 - 5:11 pm


Awesome -- Popeye's is the best!! I just hope the food delivery services have noticed this.

Submitted by Urusla Jones on Wed, 04/18/2018 - 8:27 pm


Kahoots Closed, What Next? (Pavilions shopping center, Oso & Marguerite)
This is a most helpful city service forum! I do love business news and love to venture out to try new local businesses. It can be difficult to find out about new openings so appreciate this more than you know. Maybe Monterey Palace Dim Sum Restaurant is taking over the Kahoots? Fingers crossed!

Submitted by City Staff on Sat, 12/16/2017 - 9:29 am


The Popeye's owner was at city hall yesterday (Friday, December 15) working on some building permits. He didn't provide an updated opening date, but said he is planning on opening as soon as possible. It is unlikely to be this month though.

Submitted by Vicki on Tue, 04/17/2018 - 3:42 pm


Yes, you were right. More traffic, and backup traffic on both Los Alisos and Jeronimo. No Bueno.'

Submitted by natas on Wed, 10/25/2017 - 10:23 pm


Would it be so much to tell us WHEN it will be open? How will I explain this to Colonel Sanders? He doesn't like betrayal.

Submitted by Tim on Mon, 01/08/2018 - 2:00 pm


When is the grand opening? It's been way to long. Any updated Info on when the owner plans to open up? We've waited since early December.

Submitted by Urusla Jones on Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:28 pm


I am uncertain if my previous comment was posted but believe to the contrary. I, too, share in the Pop-Eye-Joy and would like confirmation that Monterey Palace Dim Sum Restaurant is opening in the former SPORTS CHALET on Puerta Real. it is a wonderful dim sum experience with fine, traditional cuisine while maintaining appropriate wait times for customers and professional service. Fingers crossed!

Submitted by DonnaR on Sat, 08/26/2017 - 8:55 pm


WOOHOO!!!! Been hoping Popeyes would come south. Santa Ana is just too far!! Can't wait!!

Submitted by City Staff on Wed, 11/29/2017 - 12:47 pm


Folks are VERY anxious for it to open! The City just received an update from the owner/manager of the new Popeye's. They are hoping to open on December 20th and said they are stilling working out some electrical issues.

Submitted by Heather on Sun, 02/18/2018 - 7:32 pm


Okay...sooo...how long does it take to pour concrete? Looks like the parking lot is moving along s-l-o-w-l-y. When, oh, when will the chicken love begin?!

Submitted by CHICKEN WING on Mon, 12/18/2017 - 3:43 pm


If anyone knows the owner, tell him to get a move on it. My wife is tired of me bringing home KFC. she's even threatening to leave me. haha

Submitted by Colonel Sanders on Sun, 10/01/2017 - 6:44 pm


Love that chicken at Popeye's. This is great. Right now, we have to drive up to Santa Ana to get Popeye's (it's worth the trip). Cannot wait until this one opens.

Submitted by Lil'kid on Wed, 02/07/2018 - 1:54 pm


Are we there yet? I need something new to bring home. The popcorn chicken at Sonic is 50/50 hit/miss between rubber and awesome. On principle I refuse to eat at KFC ever again. I demo'd the old KFC at La Paz and I still have nightmare's of what I witnessed in the walls and ceiling.

Submitted by Urusla Jones on Wed, 04/18/2018 - 8:19 pm


Thank you for replying with the update, as disappointing as it is. Three Targets in Mission Viejo proper and no dim sum. :( Sad, sad and sad for me.

Submitted by CHICKEN WING on Thu, 12/14/2017 - 2:35 pm


Is it still set for December 20TH, I saw the sign was recently (FINALLY) put up on 12/13 around 5pm. I don't think I saw any pavement yet. what's the words? #stayWOKE

Submitted by Vicki on Tue, 04/17/2018 - 3:41 pm


Well they are finally open, too bad the drive-in line is a mile long and a long wait time. People are causing cars to backup on Jeronimo and Los Alisos which is a pain. I think I will just walk there.

Submitted by Urusla Jones on Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:23 pm


Any update on what is going in at the FORMER SPORTS CHALET location on Puerta Real? I heard a rumor from a reputable source that it is to be a Monterey Palace Dim Sum restaurant. Fingers crossed!

Submitted by Sistawine on Mon, 03/19/2018 - 1:18 pm


This is insane!!!!

Frankly, I don't think it will EVER open - maybe KFC should buy the building and the heck with it.

During the last year both Raising Cane's and Del Taco have opened new stores - didn't take THEM anything like this kind of time.

Submitted by Ron Keith on Tue, 04/03/2018 - 10:59 am


Looks like the final course of Asphalt is all that is needed for the Drive Through. Landscaping is in. and the lights are on.

Submitted by Urusla Jones on Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:30 pm


I find RTP products to be quite inauthentic and remain searching for a "better" pizza pie. I love cooking and cuisine and am disappointed with the oversweet pizza sauce on most pies in the city of Mission-Viejo. Input welcome, appreciated and sought. Fingers crossed!

Submitted by Lady in Waiting on Wed, 03/21/2018 - 12:42 pm


*Open.. Open..Open*...ugh! What happened? Drove again and still nothing..wth!

Submitted by City Staff on Thu, 10/26/2017 - 3:13 pm


The City received word that the owner of the new Popeye’s is experiencing delays with electrical systems. They are working with SCE to try and finalize the work and schedule the appropriate inspections. The new projected timeframe for the grand opening is 3-4 weeks. Hang tight Mission Viejo!

Submitted by Colonel Sanders on Wed, 11/29/2017 - 9:48 pm


Be sure to put fried chicken livers on the menu just like they do in the deep south Popeyes! Legit is the only way.

Submitted by Heather on Mon, 10/23/2017 - 9:37 pm


Oh, yes! Best chicken and biscuits... and red beans with rice! We've been checking up on it's progress when we drive by and want to know WHEN?! When can we get some chicken love in our own back yard?!

Submitted by John shults on Fri, 08/18/2017 - 4:39 pm


Great, more traffic. ...
I don't see any modifications being done to plaza parking.


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