Al Copeland was born and raised in New Orleans and has become a beloved figure in the city's culinary and business circles. After starting his career in the restaurant industry, Copeland went on to become one of the most successful entrepreneurs in Louisiana, creating dozens of franchises including Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro, Copeland’s of New Orleans and Copeland’s Go Fresh Market.
Growing up in a family that placed great emphasis on hard work, Al learned at an early age the importance of making a living by taking risks and being creative. His first venture into business was selling sandwiches door-to-door out of his mother's kitchen before eventually opening up his first restaurant, Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits.
In 1972 he opened his second restaurant, called "Chick 'n' Pass". To set it apart from other restaurants at the time, Al concocted his own unique blend of Cajun spices which he dubbed “Cajun Airline Chicken” - soon after launching it became an instant hit! It was this venture that proved to be hugely successful for him with franchised locations popping up all over America.
Al continued building upon this success by creating several other brands such as Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro which quickly expanded across the United States. He also launched his own unique food chain called Donut King which is still popular today among locals and tourists alike.
What makes Al Copeland truly special however is how intimately connected he is to his hometown; not only did he make sure to keep all aspects of his businesses within New Orleans borders but he also employed many locals throughout every stage of its expansion. His generous contributions to local charities have been long celebrated by citizens who appreciate his commitment to making their home a better place for future generations.