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Copeland's is a restaurant chain started by New Orleans native Al Copeland in 1983. It offers New Orleans-style cuisine and a casual sit-down family friendly atmosphere. Significantly expanding in 1990s, it claimed more than 40 locations in 12 states and offered a "steakhouse"-style expanded menu by 2004. It then significantly retracted over the next few years, closing half their restaurants with only 20 locations remaining in eight states, with over half of their locations in Louisiana. The following years showed expansion North into Maryland and West into Texas while adding the Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro, Fire and Ice restaurants, and Al's Diversified Food & Seasonings - a line of specialty foods and spices for large national restaurant chains.
Al Copeland (February 2, 1944—March 23, 2008) was an American Louisianan raised entrepreneur who is first and foremost known for founding Popeyes Chicken and Biscuits in Arabi, Louisiana in 1972. Al Copeland has also built up Al Copeland Investments which owns and operates a wide variety of concepts including restaurants such as Copeland's of New Orleans, Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro, and Copeland's Social City Bistro. ACI also operates a number of hotels in the New Orleans area including: Best Western French Quarter, Best Western Landmark, and Garden District. Food Service Plants and Comedy Clubs are also enterprises owned by ACI.
Copeland's Restaurant Menu items include French and Cajun inspired dishes that include a focused number of steak and seafood dish specialties. It also offers a special Sunday Brunch menu. It enjoys a broad spectrum of diners at every range of the demographic. Full of flavor, the absolute freshest ingredients, and exquisite dishes from its sleek contemporary kitchens, it has always been on the leading edge of authentic and superlative cuisine. Popular dishes include Eggplant Pirogue, Veal Copeland, and Jambalaya Pasta among other classic Copeland concotions. There are also classic New Orleans dishes such as crawfish etouffee and shrimp Creole.
The steaks served by Copeland's are obtained from the same supplier that supplies Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, and are prepared and served similarly (1800 degree oven; 500 degree plate with garlic butter).
Recently, many Copeland's restaurants have started to specialize in particular styles of food, while some remain unchanged.
In 2006, a large number of Copeland's restaurants closed nationwide, with no explanation or notice given probably related to lack of business and sales. The location in Winston-Salem led to the loss of 110 jobs in August 2006.