Winter Park Popeye's — anchor of the Orlando Ave 'Chicken Strip' — closes

click to enlarge Winter Park Popeye's — anchor of the Orlando Ave 'Chicken Strip' — closes
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Winter Park's Orlando Avenue Popeye's has closed permanently, pushed out of the so-called "Chicken Strip" that it helped to create.

The Popeye's at the corner of S. Orlando Ave and W. Fairbanks Ave. was an old-timer amid a rush of trendy fast food chicken chains. Drunks, chefs and the broke and hungry still knew that it served some of the best cheap chicken in  town, but it couldn't keep up with newcomers like Guy Fieri's Chicken Guy!, PDQ and the nearby opening of Chick'nCone. Rumor has it that the lease ended and Popeye's ownership were seeking a move closer to UCF.

Overall, Popeye's is a member of the old guard of fast food places. These concepts are being crowded out by newer, hipper and more expensive chains as they continue to flood into the area.