Looks like there is some controversy stirring up when it comes to the fast food chain Popeye opening in Codman Square. According to WGBH, the fried chicken restaurant opening is causing a debate over whether or not the neighborhood needs another “unhealthy food option.”
Some residents point out the fact that in just a two block area near Popeyes, there is already a McDonald’s and a KFC. They believe healthier choices need to be made available.
Initially, when Popeyes applied to operate as a takeout restaurant, Council President Andrea Campbell of Mattapan and At-Large Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George of Dorchester were in opposition. Some community organizations and residents did show their support for the takeout spot in the form of letters and emails. The City of Boston Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) denied the request but Popeye’s then reapplied as a sit-down restaurant which was an allowed use and met the code and zoning issues, so the permit was issued.
Back in April, the ZBA then denied the restaurant’s application for a common victualler license with prejudice. This means that board would not reconsider its decision. (A restaurant needs the CV license in order to operate.) Reasons for the rejection included public opposition and unhealthy menu items, in addition to trash and traffic.
But Popeyes is not going down without a fight. A complaint has been filed with Suffolk Superior Court stating the fried chicken restaurant already shelled out almost $1 million. Popeyes belief is let a free-market determine whether or not a business succeeds or fails. You can read more about this here!
What do you think?
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