Northwest Cedar Rapids might be a bit hangry come months end.  According to a recent article, the new Popeye's location at the corner of E Ave and Edgewood Rd. is on track to be fully operational by months end.  That is just over 2 weeks away. I'm going to say the chances of that happening, while better odds than winning the Powerball, are not very likely.

I drive by this location every day, and when I read that article, I did a double take.  It just didn't seem possible.  But, that was about a week ago.  Not being any kind of construction expert, I didn't want to jump to conclusions, so I figured I'd wait at least a week to see how things progressed.  Above is the picture I took this morning. From my perspective, that's not a whole lot further than a week ago, and still ways away from being done.  It's all plank wood for the sides, and I can't imagine the inside looks great, although I do see the commercial flooring guy is there today.

I just don't understand the rush I guess. I'm thinking it has a lot to do with money, the root of everything. In my experience though, when you rush, you make mistakes, that prove even more costly. (I thought you weren't supposed to pour concrete when it's cold out... which they were doing the other day.)

If they pull this off, which I think might be a miracle, and I wish them the best, as it's very evident they are working hard to get there.  But, for those of you craving the Louisiana Chicken however, you might want to plan a visit to the Blairsferry location, just in case.  I, for one, am just dreading what this will do to E Ave, and traffic at that intersection.