Fried chicken fans in Hintonburg have some reason to celebrate today – and not only due to their surprising Hood Wars win against Centretown yesterday. Energetic Hintonburgers took to the streets last night in support of the local KFC location, swelling to a crowd of dozens of chanting citizens by 9pm. A Hintonburg historic site, and one of the final remaining Kentucky Fried Chicken outlets in the Ottawa region, the KFC is a source of pride for the neighbourhood… but has also attracted its fair share of criticism.
“This is typical of a neighbourhood characterized by an extreme sense of entitlement,” said Janice Smith, president of the Ottawa coalition of concerned vegans. “First they want to turn every inch of the neighbourhood into a yoga studio; next it’s a chicken slaughter!”
The latest polling, commissioned by the Chicken Farmers of Ottawa, indicates a groundswell of fried chicken support in the area – with nearly 75% of Hintonburgers saying they had ordered at least an 8 piece family feast (or greater) in the previous 7 days.
“After a long week of kitchen renos in my Mechanicsville bungalow, ALL I want to do is to order up a toasted twister and relax at the Elmdale,” said local resident, and protest organizer, Jim McLean.
“I consider both knitting my own baby clothes and a Big Crunch Sandwich Combo part of my yoga practice,” added his wife Emily.
KFC Canada has refused to comment on the issue, but did send links to the group’s twitter account at twitter.com/KFCformerHINTONBURG.