This company has several places fried-chicken worshipers can flock to. Cajun Operating Company owns and operates Church's Chicken, the #3 quick-service chicken chain behind KFC (owned by YUM! Brands) and Popeyes (AFC Enterprises), with more than 1,700 locations. The restaurants specialize in fried chicken available with such side items as biscuits, fried okra, fries, and mashed potatoes. More than 250 of the locations are company-owned, while the rest are franchised. Church's Chicken was started in 1952 by retired chicken incubator salesman George Church as Church's Fried Chicken to Go. The company is owned by investment firm Friedman Fleischer & Lowe.