Popeye’s on 40th Files For Bankruptcy
Terrible news from Lunch’er “MychaelS” on Friday: Crains is reporting that Franchise Kings of Midtown (which owns the Popeye’s on 40th btw. 7+8th) is filing for Bankruptcy protection. The owner “aims to pay off her debts and sell the franchise and lease for the store.” The location is still open for now, but it’s not entirely clear if it will remain open in the future. (Hopefully somebody will come in and save it!) Also unclear is whether the bankruptcy is directly related to the location itself, which was always packed during lunch, or just a failure of the parent company. Of course this isn’t the first time Midtown has lost a Popeyes. There used to be one on 34th Street, and one on 46th Street. Both are now closed. The block itself, which is located right next to the New York Times Building appears to be jinxed. The Sophie’s Cuban located directly next door, closed last year despite always being full during lunch.