Binghamton Popeyes restaurant faces shortage of chicken and fish

People craving a chicken sandwich from Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurant on the West Side of Binghamton may be disappointed.

The manager of the Popeyes location at 164 Main Street said on Tuesday the place had run out of chicken used in its popular classic and spicy sandwiches.

She said stocks of chicken fillets ran out on Monday. And although the sign in front of the restaurant was promoting “plaice sandwiches,” she said there was no fish left as well.

The menu display at Binghamton Louisiana Kitchen restaurant on August 10, 2021 (Photo: Bob Joseph / WNBF News)

The manager said the shortage of chicken and fish is apparently affecting Popeyes restaurants in the area. The Binghamton location is the only Popeyes operation in Broome County.

She said she didn’t know when there would be more chicken and fish for the sandwiches. She said she expected delivery “in a few days”.

As supply issues affect the sandwiches, the manager said there now appears to be a sufficient supply of new Popeyes Chicken Nuggets. They were added to the menu on July 27.

The opening of Main Street Popeyes restaurant in December 2015 generated a lot of excitement as it was the chain’s first unit in the Binghamton area.

An expert cook showed off how chicken is prepared at Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurant in Binghamton shortly before it opened in December 2015. (Photo: Bob Joseph / WNBF News)

Popeyes is credited with starting a “chicken war” among American restaurant chains when he introduced his specialty sandwich in 2019.

While the Binghamton Popeyes restaurant was unable to sell its popular sandwiches, the Burger King unit about a mile west of Main Street had plenty of chicken on hand on Tuesday.

The employees there seemed shocked when told that Popeyes was out of chicken for his sandwich-loving customers.

Contact WNBF News reporter Bob Joseph: [email protected] or (607) 772-8400 ext 233.

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