Popeyes Nearing Anticipated Opening

Signage is going up on the exterior of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen’s new location in downtown Silver Spring, signaling that construction is nearing the finish line.

We reported last week that Popeyes is hiring for its upcoming location at 8401 Georgia Ave. in downtown Silver Spring.

Construction has been underway for several months to convert the space formerly occupied by Bombay Gaylord, but they are looking to wrap up construction and be open within the next two weeks, an on-site worker said last week.

Bombay Gaylord closed following a fire in 2015. Chef/owner Kalistus Gomes eventually decided to relocate to Olney and opened Nirvana in 2018.

Popeyes was founded in a New Orleans suburb in 1972 and currently has more than 2,700 outlets around the country, many of them local franchises. The menu features Cajun-spiced fried chicken and tenders, along with biscuits and other side orders.

According to a sign posted in the window, hiring is still ongoing. Interested applicants can send a resume to popeyes13641@gmail.com for consideration.

Popeyes will be the first of several upcoming restaurant openings in Silver Spring’s Central Business District, including J. Hollinger’sUnderground Pizza CompanyKusshi KoDog Haus BiergartenFirepan Korean BBQ, Miss Toya’s Creole HouseFlip’d by IHOP, and the Commas food hall at Ellsworth Place.

Photos by David Lay


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