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Rumor has it that the parent company of Arby’s and Buffalo Wild Wings might be interested in adding Charlotte-based Bojangles’ to its restaurant portfolio. According to a recent report, Inspire Brands is in merger-and-acquisition mode. They tried to buy the Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen chain last year but were unsuccessful. Some industry analysts feel that Inspire Brands still has a hankering for Southern fried chicken and biscuits.

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I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t intrigued by the idea of Bojangles’ joining forces with Arby’s and Buffalo Wild Wings. Here’s why:

  • If the deal happens, Bojangles’ locations might start appearing west of the Mississippi River. That would make travel outside of the Carolinas more enjoyable.
  • It’s also high time Arby’s included good fried chicken as part of their “We Have the Meats” credo, although the two restaurants would probably keep their menu items separate.
  • But what if Bojangles’ Cajun recipe showed up in wing form at Buffalo Wild Wings? Yes, please!
  • And for years I’ve said that Bojangles’ perfectly seasoned fries are the best in the business, followed closely by the curly creations sold at Arby’s. Could a tangling of the two chains lead to the ultimate French fry? Only time will tell.