The signs were correct — a Popeyes chicken restaurant is officially cooking in Northwest Rochester.
On Monday, I wrote a column that looked at a Med City real estate deal and followed the clues to conclude that the Popeyes fast food chain might be coming to Rochester. However, I had no official confirmation.
The Florida-based company cleared up that ambiguity Thursday morning with a short email response to my inquiries
“Thanks for reaching out. Wanted to follow up to confirm that there is currently a Popeyes projected to be opened at this location.” The message was signed by “The Popeyes Media Team.”
There you have it. Cajun Sparkle is officially on the way to Rochester in the form of a new restaurant development in the Chateau Circle development, along 55th Street Northwest.
That’s a big deal for local fans, who often list Popeyes as one of Rochester’s most wanted fast food restaurants.
Popeyes has 12 locations in the Twin Cities area. The chain just recently started showing interest in the rest of the state. On New Year's Day, it opened the first non-metro Popeyes in St. Cloud.
For the Rochester project, a real estate deal was the first clue.
Rochester Dev, LLC of Edison, N.J., paid $710,000 for almost an acre of open land in the Chateau Circle development on Dec. 22. Chateau Circle LLC sold the land at Villa Road and 55th Street Northwest.
The New Jersey address listed in the real estate sale is the same as a company called Willingboro Chicken, which is involved in fast food chicken restaurants.
Rochester Dev lists a different address on the company’s Minnesota incorporation documentation. That address was the same as a Minneapolis Popeyes restaurant.
While details are still sparse, it is now certain that spicy chicken and biscuits are on the way to Rochester, probably yet this year.