Fans of Popeye’s Cajun Rice and Green Beans will have to resort to copycat methods to get their fix from here onward. The chain has confirmed that both of these sides were taken off of their permanent menu.
The Takeout was the first to report on the missing sides, getting a tip from a local reader. Popeyes told the outlet in a statement that “after thoughtful consideration, our Cajun Rice and Green Beans are no longer on the permanent menu.”
Thanks for reaching out, Craig! Our Cajun Rice is no longer on the permanent menu. However, we still have a bunch of delicious sides. If you would like us to share your feedback with our team, please send a DM with your full name, phone number, and email. Thank you! https://t.co/mMDaGph77V— Popeyes Chicken (@PopeyesChicken) January 29, 2021
Hi! Our menu offerings are constantly evolving to meet guests’ tastes. At this point, Cajun Rice and Green Beans are no longer on our menu, however, we still have a bunch of delicious sides to offer!— Popeyes Chicken (@PopeyesChicken) January 27, 2021
Popeyes also confirmed the news on Twitter in responses to fans asking about the discontinued sides.
This appears to have been a recent change from within the past week, as the sides still appear as options on Popeyes’ website as of publication time for this article.
First Taco Bell ruins their menu and now Popeyes is getting rid of Cajun Rice. WHY ARE YOU KICKING US WHEN WE ARE ALREADY DOWN?— charlene shunick (@grrrlcharlie) January 29, 2021
My mother just called Popeyes HQ because I sent her an article showing that they’re discontinuing the cajun rice side. 😂— Floyd Baeweather (@Dark_Dignitary) January 29, 2021
Naturally, folks haven’t been too happy about it on social media, moreso for the rice than the green beans. It’s all a part of the process at chains though as they look at their menus and what’s working and not working for them.
For those looking to get something like the rice back, continuing to voice your opinion on social media might work in the long run. It ended up succeeding in bringing Taco Bell’s potatoes back, though it’s not clear if the Cajun Rice has as equal of a cult following.