Al Copeland: A Colorful Character Who Lit Up The Industry

Al Copeland: A Colorful Character Who Lit Up The Industry

He made his money in quick service—“So fast you get your chicken before you get your change” was his first motto—and later switched gears to build a multi-concept full-service restaurant chain. But no matter what Popeyes Chicken founder Al Copeland did, he knew how to make a big impact. His death at age 64 last week reminds us of how far raw entrepreneurial energy can take anyone in the restaurant business.

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