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Popeye's opens to long lines

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — Many Western New Yorkers waited hours for their dinner Wednesday night.

"Just didn't expect it to be three hours and there was a point where I couldn't turn around," Buffalo resident Joe Guido said.

"We actually just decided just to swing by, see how it was and how fast it would go and we just ended up being stuck on line so we were like, 'let's see how far we can go,'" Amherst resident Candy Rodriguez said.

Buffalo, meet Popeye's Chicken. Some transplants already familiar with the national chain swear it was worth the wait.

"Wouldn't classify Popeye's as fast food. It's something else. It's like a culture, a way of life, a cuisine I guess," Buffalo resident Rob Fussell said.

But, even the owner didn't expect this kind of reception. Drive-thru traffic lined up into the city's busy Elmwood Avenue, Tuesday evening.

"We keep up. We've got enough food already for tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, so the truck is coming to bring the food," Lal Sultanzada, the location's owner, said.

But for some people it appeared the anxiety got the best of them.

"They were just swearing and yelling and then everyone started beeping the horns and the cops came and took care of it," Guido said.

Witnesses said a fight broke out after somebody attempted to cut in the drive thru line.

"It just escalated," Rodriguez said. "I saw this big dude come from the back of the car and try to wrestle the girl, then the whole family came out, tried to, you know, jump her and cars walked by, passed by. It just get hectic."

"The fighting," Sultanzada said. "We can't stop the fighting because sometimes you know there are disputes with the line. We solved the problem quickly."

Was it all worth the wait? Depended on who you ask.

"It's usually pretty good," Rodriguez said. "I don't know how good it's going to be because we've been waiting so long. Hopefully it's done correctly. I'm hoping for the best."

"Oh yeah, I would do this once a week, yeah." Fussell said.

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