Tim Hortons parent buys chicken and biscuit chain Popeyes

The parent of Tim Hortons and Burger King has bought the chicken and biscuits chain known as Popeyes. There is a heavily-frequented Popeyes on Overlea Blvd at Thorncliffe Park Drive, plus other local locations at Yonge & Eglinton, Yonge & St. Clair and another on the Danforth west of Pape. Restaurant Brands is said to have paid $1.8-billion in cash for Popeyes, a “cajun-style” cookery. The Globe and Mail says the purchase is “a bet” by Restaurant Brands that it can use its international reach to introduce Popeyes fried chicken and buttermilk biscuits to more diners globally. Popeyes was founded 45 years ago as a Southern-fried “Chicken on the Run” restaurant in a New Orleans. It now has 2,000 restaurants in the US and Canada, of which 1,600 are in the United States. It is said that Beyonce is a super fan of Popeyes.