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Columbia coming to rescue of Upstate restaurant that ran out of food, reports say

A recently opened restaurant in South Carolina was so popular it said it closed early because it ran out of food.
A recently opened restaurant in South Carolina was so popular it said it closed early because it ran out of food. MCT

A recently-opened restaurant in South Carolina’s Upstate has been so popular it reported that it closed early Monday after running out of food.

According to a sign left on the door of the Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen in Greer, the fast food restaurant closed because “we literally have no food left to serve,” WHNS reported.

The city’s lone Popeyes opened last week, according to the Greenville News.

Since then, demand for the food had been so great that employees have had to work overtime and traffic has snarled, backing up on local roads, per WYFF.



Comments on a Facebook post by the Greer Citizen included complaints about the long lines and the hour-plus waits to get food.

That all occurred before the restaurant closed Monday because “the city of Greer has proudly run us out,” the note on the door read,” the Greenville News reported. The note said the Popeyes will reopen Tuesday.

An employee said it is expected to be back in business at 10 a.m. with an assist from a Columbia Popeyes, which is shipping chicken to Greer, according to WYFF.

Two large trucks were sent to Columbia to pick up more food, WHNS said.

“We appreciate your patronage. We are so sorry!!” the note read.

With the addition of the Greer location, there are 17 Popeyes in South Carolina, according to Google Maps. It is competing with other popular chicken restaurants Chick-fil-A, Bojangles and Zaxby’s among others.

Popeyes is known for its fried chicken and buttermilk biscuits, and was named after Popeye Doyle, the lead character in the movie “The French Connection,” played by Gene Hackman, according to its website.

Note to customers

“Dear Guests,

We literally have no food left to serve. The city of Greer has proudly run us out. We appreciate your patronage. We are so sorry!! We will reopen Tuesday, March 26.

Thank You, Popeyes”

Source: WHNS

The new Popeyes restaurant on Western Boulevard is NC State guard Markell Johnson's go-to place instead of Bojangles.

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