YORKVILLE – For anybody who loves that chicken from Popeye's, here's an update on where it stands regarding a possible Yorkville location.
Lynn Dubajic, the city's economic development consultant, said Popeye's is still looking at Yorkville and that things are coming together with them. That was her response after Ward 1 Alderman Ken Koch asked her what was going on with the restaurant during the city Council's Tuesday, June 4 economic development committee meeting.
"But I’ll just say that it’s likely that they’ll do a free-standing building," Dubajic said.
Dubajic said during the meeting there were two franchisees vying over the Yorkville restaurant. She said there will be more information to follow and, hopefully by the end of the month, she'll be able to say where that location for the potential free-standing building would be.
"We're finishing up the contracts right now," Dubajic said.
The update comes after the announcement was made in a memo ahead of the December 2018 economic development committee meeting. The memo had said the fried chicken restaurant franchise was leasing the former Subway space plus additional square footage in the Fountain Village Shopping Center on the south side of town, and that it would include a drive-through window.
Dubajic clarified after the meeting that Popeye's will not go where Subway used to be because that franchisee wasn't able to obtain the location or execute a lease for that location because corporate wasn't on board with that arrangement. She said it's another franchisee who is looking to build the proposed free-standing location, which would still include a drive-through.
Restaurant Brands International, which owns Burger King and Tim Hortons, purchased Popeye's in 2017.