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The New Urban Fried-Chicken Crisis

The life and death and rebirth of fried chicken in American cities.
In a stunt that's gone viral, Elyse Chelsea Clark organized a fake engagement photoshoot to proclaim her love for Popeyes.
In a stunt that's gone viral, Elyse Chelsea Clark organized a fake engagement photoshoot to proclaim her love for Popeyes. Elyse Chelsea Clark/Facebook

So, white restaurant owners wanted to open a “‘90s-hip-hop-themed fried chicken restaurant” called The Coop in a mostly black neighborhood in Pittsburgh, as reported in the local blog GoodFoodPittsburgh on May 6. What could possibly be wrong with that?

“We want to make a fast, casual, fried chicken spot,” said owner Adam Kucenic in the post. “It will be an urban, street-style type of place.”