The folks behind the Funky Chicken LLC franchise system, already big fans of Northwest Georgia, are bringing another Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen to Rome, this one on Turner McCall at the site of the former Long John Silver’s/A & W Root Beer.
The Canton-based company confirmed rumors Tuesday evening that they’re opening an East Rome version of the popular West Rome restaurant. Their note to us:
“Yes, that is going to be a Popeye’s. We hope to be open middle of 2021.”
Popeye’s has been expanding seemingly by the month across Northwest Georgia, with the return of a West Rome store near Lowe’s to Cartersville, Rockmart and Cedartown. The Funky Chicken group has had a particular interest in this area.
Popeye’s is known for chicken, shrimp and sides. The West Rome store is open from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. seven days a week.
What to watch:
- How does Popeye’s change the dynamic with two other chicken-centric fast-food establishments so close by on Turner McCall, Bojangles and Zaxby’s.
- East Rome dining: Popeye’s is the latest player in the area with Panda Express and Chipotle already open, Texas Roadhouse and McAlister’s Deli due in December, and Eggs Up and others soon to follow.
Ledbetter Properties, which already is bringing a slew of restaurants to East Bend less than a mile away, has plans for another fast-food place on Turner McCall, this one on the site of the former Long John Silver’s at the East Seventh Street intersection.
Documents on file with the Rome Floyd Planning Department call for a moderate-sized fast-food restaurant with just over 2,000 square feet under roof. The name of the restaurant has not been disclosed but apparently it would have a lunch and dinner menu — a plus given morning traffic to Saint Mary’s Catholic School, just across Holmes Drive from the rear of the project.
The planning department has received applications for “multiple variances to allow for the redevelopment of the property as a new restaurant,” says Assistant Planner Brice Wood. The deal with setbacks and similar issues. The applicant: R. H. Ledbetter Properties and the sites are owned by Ronald B. Maggard Sr., trustee of the Ronald Maggard Revocable Trust.
What we know so far:
- The restaurant will be built on the corner of Turner McCall and East Seventh, a bit different from the current structure.
- It will have 2,026 feet under roof with seating for 46 people.
- Parking for 33 vehicles will be included.
- The drive-in wraps the building with the ordering area apparently fronting Turner McCall.
Long John Silver/A&W closed at 1603 Turner McCall Blvd. in late April 2019 although signage indicated a remodeling was pending. The Shorter Avenue location closed in 2018.
As for Ledbetter Properties: Just up Turner McCall, the company has spent more than a year shaping East Bend on the 20-acre campus that was home to Kmart and several outparcels. Plans call for 20 to 28 retail stores and restaurants, and many of them are coming together quickly. Most visible are those fronting Turner McCall — Texas Roadhouse at the Hicks Drive intersection and then, working south, the likely home of Fazzoli’s and the soon-to-open Chipotle and Panda Express. McAlister’s Deli also is on the way.