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Al Copeland (1983)

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1983-04-22

Duration: 00:27:09

Subjects: COPELAND, AL | Business | RESTAURANTS | Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits | Cooking (Chicken)


  • Weill, Gus Host
  • Fowler, Ken Producer
  • Breazeale, Kathryn Producer
  • Copeland, Al Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from April 22, 1983, features an interview with Al Copeland conducted by Gus Weill. Copeland, a native of New Orleans, created the Popeyes Chicken and Biscuits restaurant chain. He discusses: his early business endeavors, including a donut shop; the development of a chicken recipe and the combination of spices; his first chicken restaurant, “Chicken on the Run”; the early days of Popeyes; the current success of the franchise; the qualities he looks for in hiring new employees; business advice; how success has changed his life; and his interest in powerboat racing.