After a fake Instagram account garnered thousands of followers with the promise of the first Montreal Popeyes, parent company Restaurant Brands International confirms it has no plans to bring the chain to the city.\nSee one of the unfortunately fake posts below.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nIf you recently started drooling after coming across an Instagram account that claimed a Montreal Popeyes was soon coming to fruition, I'm sorry to break your heart. The account, which was claiming a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen would soon be opening in Laval, QC, was quickly terminated after Restaurant Brands International Inc. (RBI) became aware of the illegitimate account.\nThe Instagram account had been posting pictures and Instagram Stories under the unverified @popeyesmontreal handle.\nThe first indicator that something was up was the fact that the official (though, also unverified) @popeyesca had not shared the good news to its page.\nThere are a couple other seemingly illegitimate Popeyes accounts on Instagram, but they are clearly inactive and have a small number of followers.\nThe @popeyesmontreal account, however, quickly racked up over 3,000 followers with one promise...\nAt 5,000 followers, the much-sought-after and oft-dreamt-of Montreal location of Popeyes Louisana Kitchen would finally be revealed.\nAlas, dear reader, my fellow chicken lover, here is where it all went south. As south as Louisiana itself.\nNot only did the account lie about delivering on the location, they even went so far as to promise a free meal on the opening day to one of the newly acquired Instagram followers.\nMTL Blog\nThe screengrab above shows one of the posts made to the Instagram feed encouraging users to share the post on their stories for the chance to win a free meal.\nI can't deny, the time and effort put into creating these graphics is no small feat. Such dedication. Such determination.\nSo I almost feel bad that I may have inadvertently ruined the whole scheme.\nThe promise of the location only at a certain follower threshold was a real red flag, so I contacted RBI Inc. to verify the validity of the account.\nRBI let me know that the Instagram was "not a legitimate Popeyes account. It was flagged to the platform earlier this week and has since been removed."\nThen, more bad news.\nThe media team at Popeyes broke it to me plain and simple:\n"We are always looking for new markets to expand to, but have no plans to expand to the Montreal market at this time."\nSorry fellow chicken lover. Today is not our day.\nREAD ALSO: I Tried Montreal's Speakeasy Bubble Tea Cocktail Bar & Here's My Honest Opinion\nView this post on Instagram Food for the whole family. Or one really hungry person. 📸 @viv_writes A post shared by Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen (@popeyeslouisianakitchen) on Jun 26, 2019 at 12:33pm PDT\nThe Instagram account was likely attempting to accrue a certain number of Instagram followers before changing the handle and selling it online.\nThere is no question that having an audience on Instagram is a lucrative thing, and because of that, there is no shortage of scamming on Instagram.\nI'm just sorry we were caught in the crosshairs.\nAnd if a Popeyes location does ever actually come to the Montreal area... we'll let you know.