The US Attorney's office reports Hazrat Khan was sentenced to 30 months in federal custody today for a scheme in which he tried to avoid federal taxes by having the fellow Pakistani natives he recruited to run 11 Boston-area fried chicken places falsify revenue and employee records - and for lying about his past to stay in the country. Read more.
RoadTrip New England reports people are camping outside the Chick-fil-A scheduled to open tomorrow on whatever it is they call the old Rte. 1 in Dedham, near the Ocean State Job Lot. The first 100 customers get a free meal once a week for a year.
Federal and Boston investigators are continuing to carve up a string of Boston fried-chicken places owned by Pakistani nationals and Americans of Pakistani origin in an investigation that has already led to guilty pleas by two men and the shutdown of a Hyde Park fried-chicken joint. Read more.
The Boston Licensing Board holds hearings on five fried-chicken take-out places in Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan on Tuesday to decide whether to pull their food-serving licenses after their main owner pleaded guilty to federal tax-fraud charges related to their operation. Read more.
A Watertown man who co-owned fried-chicken places in Roxbury and Chelsea today became the latest area fried-chicken operator to be indicted on charges he defrauded the IRS by falsifying tax filings and hiding the involvement of other owners of his business. Read more.
Mikhaela Houston alerts us that a Chick-fil-A is under construction on Providence Highway, near the Ocean State Job Lot - and the West Roxbury line, which would mark the chain's closest approach to Boston since it was banned here (by Northeastern and then by the city) for being owned by homophobes. Read more.
Police are looking for two guys who tried to break into the rear of Popeyes on American Legion Highway with a bolt cutter around 11 a.m., only to be confronted by an employee, who scared them off. One of the suspects was described as black, 5'2" and missing teeth.
Update: Smashed glass due to car crashing into the place over the weekend.
A city health inspector ordered the Kentucky Fried Chicken at 465 Washington St. shut on Saturday due to glass, dust and other debris from a Saturday car crash. Read more.
Time was, KFC had the entire stretch of the Roslindale road from Walk Hill to Cummins Highway all to itself. Then Popeyes moved in diagonally across the way. Now Riaz Ali Shah is proposing to open a place called NYC Pizza and Chicken more directly across from the KFC. He goes before the licensing board on April 21 for permission to serve food.
UPDATE: One commenter says it'll be in the strip mall on American Legion Highway, the one by all the flower places and across from the KFC, not the one with the Stop & Shop.
Turns out that a couple months ago, the fried-chicken chain posted a Monster.com ad that started:
Popeyes Chicken and Biscuits with over 1600 restaurants nationwide is looking for experienced management for its newest restaurant opening in Roslindale ...
Then, earlier today, Toyuwa Newton tweeted:
Can someone tell me why my people are so excited about a Popeye's fried chicken joint opening up in Roslindale?
Anybody know where? The new old Stop & Shop mall on American Legion?
If the neighborhood is Hyde Park, the answer is two. Both are on River Street; the New York one is in Cleary Square; the New Orleans version just outside Logan Square.