Popeyes sells chicken for 59 cents to celebrate 50th anniversary

Popeyes is turning 50 on Sunday, and they're celebrating by offering chicken for under $1.

In commemoration of its first location opening on June 12, 1972, the fast food business advertised a bargain on two pieces of chicken for 59 cents.

The price is significant: it matches the original price offered when Popeyes first opened 50 years ago.

In 1972, Alvin C. Copeland Sr., opened a restaurant called Chicken on the Run in New Orleans, serving traditional Southern-fried chicken, according to the Popeyes website.

The restaurant struggled, prompting Copeland to rename it Popeyes after Popeye Doyle, Gene Hackman's character from the 1971 movie "The French Connection."

To get the two-piece chicken deal, customers must make a minimum purchase of $5 through a mobile order on the Popeyes app or on the restaurant's website.

The deal is available from Sunday through June 19.