For at least the last few years, Lafayette, Louisiana has been home to the last Popeyes buffet in the world, after a few remaining locations in the early 2010s eventually dwindled to just one. Now, according to Lafayette radio station Hot 107.9, the last-ever Popeyes buffet is done forever, even if the restaurant itself lives on.
The radio station, which has extensively documented the status of the Pinhook Road Popeyes in Lafayette over the years, says an employee confirmed that while the restaurant is serving its normal menu, the all-you-can-eat buffet (or a buffet of any kind) will not be returning. The Popeyes dining room shut down to the public during the pandemic, which first sparked concern over the fate of its buffet earlier this year, but has since reopened for to-go orders.
The Popeyes at 1300 W. Pinhook Rd. first gained notoriety when it was established to be the last remaining Popeyes buffet in 2017. But the location’s $8.99, all-you-can-eat spread of fried chicken, biscuits, and sides shot to further fame following the news that the late Anthony Bourdain dined at the buffet for three days straight while in town filming a Cajun-themed episode for Parts Unknown. The culinary star, who previously admitted to a Popeyes mac and cheese obsession, brought a reporter along to document his joy at experiencing unlimited mac and cheese, chicken and biscuits with gravy, and fountain Dr Pepper at the Lafayette restaurant.
Eater has reached out to Popeyes to confirm the report.