Sunday has officially reignited the chicken sandwich wars among fast-food joints as Popeyes has officially put their insanely popular item back on the menu.
"This is not a drill... We’re fully stocked." the chicken chain announced on Sunday, signaling that the highly sought after chicken sandwich, and the spicy version, were both available.
Back in August, Popeyes first unveiled the sandwiches, and the reaction from fans was so big that it caused restaurants to blow through their entire inventory in a matter of days. Cars lined the streets as some customers waited hours for a chance to score the sammich.
At the time, a statement from Popeyes confirmed that the demand was far past what they planned for.
"The demand for the new Chicken Sandwich in the first few weeks following launch far exceeded our very optimistic expectations. In fact, Popeyes aggressively forecasted demand through the end of September and has already sold through that inventory."
Releasing the new batch of sandwiches on November 3rd was a carefully strategized move, as their biggest competitor Chick-fil-A is infamously closed on Sundays. Some fans clearly liked the competitive shot.
"Do you wonder if [Chick-fil-A]employees are dressed in costumes eating [Popeyes] chickensandwiches today?"
Others thought the move was a bit tacky, especially since Chick-fil-A's Sunday hours are based on religious beliefs.
"There are many ways you could marketbut choosing to attack Chick-Fil-A for beingclosed on Sunday is classless.I think I will pass and keep the Sabbath holy.And I will keep driving past during the rest of the week.That is all."
People Are Lining Up
Just as quickly as word spread that the sandwiches were back in stock, lines stretched out to the street with people waiting to cop their own.
One customer couldn't wait for their food delivery app to work, so they took to the streets themselves.
"App didn’t work so I had to actually go to the store! Drive thru line is wrapped around the store and into the street."
Another witnessed a truly hilarious situation. "There was people in line moving money over from their savings accounts, church folks were using today’s tides to get their sandwiches. I heard someone say they gotta go take out a loan after they leave buying $40 of sandwiches."
One customer didn't get to their popeyes location quick enough after church let out and ended up sitting behind the bus!
Totally Worth It
For those that were able to brave the lines and crowds, biting into the chicken sandwich was clearly a moment of victory.
"I almost shed a tear after the first bite," one woman wrote.
One guy commented, "Thankfully I was second in line. The people after me were ordering 10 and 15 sandwiches per person. Greedy as hell. Great sandwich though!"
Another customer experienced her first sandwich, and left a happy camper.
"I’ve never seen a line at my local Popeyes before. I had to try it to see what all the hype is about. It’s so good."
Now that it's back, Popeyes has said they are "confident" they will be able to continue to meet the demand and sling more sandwiches and even upped their employees to cover the crowds.