Coming To NYC: Chick-Fil-A Megastore

During the Great Chicken Uproar of 2012, then-NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn demanded that the NYU cafeteria close its tiny walk-up Chick-Fil-A window, which remains the chain’s sole outpost in the nation’s largest city. But not for very much longer as this summer the company will open its biggest store ever, a three-story 5000sf outlet near Herald Square.

“We are beyond excited about opening our first freestanding restaurant in New York,” said Carrie Kurlander, vice president of public relations. “This location will allow us to serve fans who have been asking us to come to New York and to earn the opportunity to serve new customers.” She noted that the company is actively working on additional restaurants to open here this year and next. Like its other 1,850 locations, Chick-fil-A’s New York restaurant, which is a franchise location, will not be open on Sundays, as the company “believes all operators and team members deserve a day off,” according to a spokeswoman. Of course, only operating six days of a week will make affording the city’s hefty rents a difficult task. The asking rent for the Sixth Avenue space was $450 a square foot for the ground floor, for example. It also remains to be seen how the city’s gay community will welcome the chain.

The Empire State Pride Agenda reacts:

We hope that Chick-fil-A’s planned entrance to New York City comes with a side of LGBT-inclusivity and a newly-thought strategy for supporting ventures that are equality friendly. The bedrock of our city is built on diversity and the history of the LGBT civil rights movement took place on our streets; we encourage all new businesses, including Chick-fil-A, to learn from the mistakes they’ve made and welcome a new era that is reflective of the people they will be serving.

Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy was the daily darling of anti-gay groups throughout the 2012 furor, but last year Tony Perkins labeled him a “coward” after Cathy declared that he was shutting up forever about same-sex marriage.

  • Joe in PA

    Good grief, what next…Cracker Barrel on Broadway?

    • Turi

      Cracker Barrel righted their wrongs long ago tho.

      • BlueberriesForMe

        How so?

        • Turi

          see above comment. they are still low rated, but the ones near me are gay owned and operated.

      • Joe in PA

        Barely. And not enough for me though. The latest flap when they folded on the Duck Dynasty merchandize (they pulled the merch and then immediately put it back when they got complaints) was proof they don’t want our dollars. And they still are really really low on the HRC scale. Plenty of other choices out there.

      • Joseph Miceli

        Really? News to me.

      • MBear

        If you have a choice between two places, and one has a history of discrimination…really, which one would you choose?

        it’s not like Cracker Barrel is actually ‘food’. I think I’d rather hit a grocery store for nibblies than eat at one of those dives. Blech

    • Lumpy Gaga

      A Waffle House on Washington Square.
      A Wal-Mart on Waverly.

      Resistance is futile….

      • Joe in PA

        go on…. [said in my best Jon Stewart voice as he leans in to the camera].

        (thanks for the chuckle)

      • David L. Caster

        No Wal-Marts on Waverly. They’d have to tear down a big chunk of the West Village to put in a store though I wouldn’t put it past them to try. Besides, the real estate would be way too rich for their blood.

        Note that the post here is about CFA’s first NYC free-standing store, not their first store in NYC. For instance, there is a CFA near the corner of Waverly Place and University Place, across from the eastern most corner of Washington Square Park.

      • TJay229

        Walmart won’t make it into the borough, that’s established.. But they can put a Waffle House… “Scattered, Covered, Chunked & Diced”

    • TJay229

      Ooooooooo I would so go!

  • bkmn

    I don’t do hate chiken and I don’t do DominionO’s since the people that founded them still profit from them. I don’t care how LGBT inclusive the company may be, as long as their hate filled originator is still making money off of them I won’t do business there.

  • Bill T.

    I prefer Dick-Fil-A myself.

    • Ed Burrow

      I’ve been trying…
      oh…um…nevermind…

      • OrliJoe in Fla

        Sweetie, I thought we had a talk about this… are you at it again? We’re going to have to spank you if you keep it up… hmmm…

        • how’s he gonna “keep it up” if you don’t spank?

    • KCMC

      Yes, and could the dairy folk speak up for Holstein image which is dairy not beef variety?!

      • Bill T.

        Bovine sexism is an ugly thing. Leave those cows alone.

    • awwwww

  • ryan charisma

    they’re not welcome in my fair city of NYC

  • Bared Bear

    oh… hell no.

  • BlueberriesForMe

    I’ll have the “Deeply Held Religious Beliefs” sandwich, “The Jesus-Christ-Is-Lord” fries, and the “Dirty-Icky-Homos” Shake, please.

  • Rocco Gibraltar

    Mark my words…they will be swamped.

    • KT

      it definitely will be – between all the fair weather “allies’ who bitch and moan about missing their chicken and waffle fries and all the sheeple mislead by CampusPride about Chick-fil-a’s “changing ways”, I imagine they will be fine.

      • Lawerence Collins

        Cough cough.. The fake housewives of Atlanta.

    • Cuberly

      When I last visited home in Colorado every single one I saw was packed to the rafters around lunch time.

      Was sorta disheartening.

      • MonochromeMouse

        they’re only packed at lunchtime because they slow down service during peak hours to create the illusion of being popular, they’ve done this for years even before they came out as bigots

      • Tipsy

        To be fair, Colorado residents are legally hungrier these days.

        • MonochromeMouse

          true, but no amount of weed can make chick-fil-a’s low quality chicken appetizing

        • Cuberly

          Ha! Well, you’d think it’d be that way but oddly enough when I was there I nary got a whiff of ole mary anywhere. And I hung out in Boulder too!

          Living in No. CA it’s almost a given to smell it any given day….lol…not that that’s a good thing for me. It really screws with my asthma.

  • CaliforniaDude

    I eat there now since Dan Cathy apologized. We got what we wanted so we should give them a another chance. Forgiveness is a good thing

    • pj

      oh hell no. id starve to death before id walk into the place. they may not be visably against us like before but im sure they give money to groups that want to treat us the way they treat their chickens.

      • YES pj. Oops I also just said that about starving. In truth I wouldnt boycott all the way to my own death, but pretty damn close. I’d then stand outside with a sign… they can’t get rid of me this easy 😀

    • BlueberriesForMe

      Dude, I would not be at all surprised if Dan is still giving LOTS of money to Hate organizations. It’s a step forward that he no longer voices his opinions about the icky gays in public. But then again, that would be bad for the profit line. How about a nice large contribution to the Ali Forney Centre? That might change my VERY important opinion.

      • ALI FORNEY & TRUE COLORS HOUSE–
        great answer to all their bullpuckey
        [not sarcastic! I just say odd things]

    • another_steve

      I look for provocative comments in these comment threads, CD, and yours is that.

      I’m torn on this. The Barilla Pasta company sort of recanted their recent anti-gay hate too — but one is left, always, with the lingering question of whether the “conversion” is genuine or just meant to stem the monetary blood loss.

      For me and the hubby, these companies need to do something proactively pro-queer now. Give money to a gay youth homeless shelter. Have a float in a Gay Pride Parade.

      Something more than just words, before I spend my hard-earned money in their establishments.

    • Joe knows who I am.

      Have another bite of self-esteem instead of chikin.

    • TommyTune

      The only reason Dan Cathy begrudgingly apologized is because he knew he was risking losing too much money. If you honestly believe he’s actually changed his tune about gay people then I have some beachfront property in Arizona to sell you. But hey, it’s a free country, spend your hard-earned money wherever you like. I’ll not be spending mine at Shit Filet. (Not that I ever did before – I’m a Shit Filet virgin.)

    • Cuberly

      Not going to give you grief, but I would like to point out that Cathy’s comments where based on “regret” at “politicizing” his restaurants. And of course he said everyone was welcome to eat his food.

      Was less an apology than a businessman’s version of DOH!

      • BearEyes

        the old ‘sorry I got caught’ excuse.

        • Cuberly

          Exactly.

    • MonochromeMouse

      the money still goes to bigots and anti-gay organizations, talk is cheap actions are what matters

    • Ninja0980

      He is still giving money to anti-gay groups so any money you give him is being used to harm our community.

      • YES and not just our local community- murder as far away as Uganda!

    • Soren456

      Cathy simply shut his mouth; he didn’t change his views.

      Money you spend there makes a profit for Cathy, which he then uses against you.

      Eat up.

    • Don in Upstate

      He DID NOT apologize. He just said the company made a mistake taking a position. Cathy said his own position on marriage is unchanged.

      http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2014/03/18/Chick-fil-A-CEO-admits-it-was-a-mistake-to-oppose-same-sex-marriage/6421395174118/

    • GarySFBCN

      Holy crap, you are so wrong. Dan Cathy is still VERY much against same-sex marriage. He no longer uses the Chik-Fil-A foundation to fund anti-gay groups. But he is free to make contributions from his personal accounts.
      Why would you want to give your money to a known homophobe?

      He didn’t change his mind. He went underground for business reasons.

      Sorry, but you are wrong about this.

      ““I think the time of truths and principles are captured and codified in God’s word and I’m just personally committed to that,” he said. “I know others feel very different from that and I respect their opinion and I hope that they would be respectful of mine.”

      Rather, Cathy concedes that his public opposition of gay marriage was bad for business.”

      http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2014/03/18/Chick-fil-A-CEO-admits-it-was-a-mistake-to-oppose-same-sex-marriage/6421395174118/#ixzz3U1csgvWb

    • JohnMyroro

      Dan Cathy did NOT apologize. In any way. He simply said he would shut up to protect his bottom line.

  • Paula

    I am not surprised. Hey Dan, money talks and bulshit walks, right?

  • Turi

    gross

  • BearEyes

    They opened 4 ‘stores’ in CT in the last year. Haven’t been to one yet and have no plans to.

    • There is one a short distance from my house and even if I could eat their food, celiac and strangely enough allergic to chicken, I wouldn’t set foot in there unless I was on fire.

      • Well, if you are and you do and Dan Cathy is there, make sure you go up and give him a big ol’ hug!

  • CPT_Doom

    I have refused to eat at this establishment since I learned of their policy of not opening on Sunday. It is NOT about a “day off,” it is about imposing Christian beliefs on all their employees, whether they are Christian or not. Basically, if you’re Jewish or Muslim, you might get your Sabbath off work, but will lose the chance to make up on that $$ by working on Sunday, assuming any non-Christian employees actually get hired. From reports I’ve seen, their process of selecting franchise owners pretty much ensures only those who meet their “Christian” criteria get selected. Those stripes have not changed whatsoever.

    • Ninja0980

      Same with Hobby Lobby.
      As you said, it’s attempt to impose their religious beliefs on everyone, not out of the goodness of their hearts.

  • Spongebob CrankyPants

    I’m sorry, but there is NOTHING compelling about

    Chick-Fil-A’s food. Period.

    • TJay229

      Wait a min…. That Ice Dream & Waffle fry w/Polynesian sauce, is tasty… But… Hate chicken forbids me to go.

  • Where I live they are tearing down a Macaroni Grill to buld a Chick-Fil-A. I’m moving. http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/money/2015/02/04/plan-demolish-macaroni-grill-chick-fil-a-west-des-moines/22868635/

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Where are you going ?

      • AKSARBENT

        He should go to C.B. and eat at Dixie Chicks!

    • Dicky

      In our area, they tore down the Wienerschnitzel and the El Torito to put up Chick-Fil-As.

  • Elliott

    The space overkill makes me think this was not a financially-based decision. I hope it bleeds them.

  • pj

    i hope that gay NY gives them the welcome they deserve. have the big apple and skip the hate chicken….

  • ETownCanuck

    I forsee another foreclosed restaurant space in New York shortly.

  • BeaverTales

    I remember when Perkins was screaming about Chik-fil-A being boycotted by Teh Ghey and their allies. I guess the risk of displeasing THE LORD and going to Hell by making chik’n for queers is different from baking a cake for them?

    How will the religious right finally decide when it’s appropriate for customers to boycott a business, and when it’s okay for businesses to boycott their customers?

  • mmunson

    If we have carbon offsets, could we have an equality offset where we donate the same cost of the meal to an equality organization?

  • Alex in Idaho

    I foresee an imminent reduction in the nearby pigeon population. Spread the word…

  • Cuberly

    Even when I have one of my moments of bitchy contrarianism, I still can’t bring myself to eat there.

    And that’s saying something.

    • i love chicken. but not scott lively.
      easy choice. i’d rather starve.

  • Ninja0980

    THey won’t be getting a dime of my money.
    Hopefully the rest of the LGBT community gives them the same treatment.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Everyone gets a chance to vote with their wallet with every purchase.
    Boycott!!!!!

  • Ninja0980

    One more thing, as a poster below stated, I expect they will be swamped.
    It will allow the bigots here in NY to give the LGBT community a reminder that they still hate us and want us all to burn in hell.

  • delk
  • Mike in Texas

    I ate at a Chick-Fil-A once and never went back. That was years before the anti-gay controversy. I never understood why people like it.

  • shellback

    That’s one way to decrease the pigeon population in NYC.

  • zhera

    Somebody should open a Rainbow Chicken store right next door.
    Menu: Fabulous Fries, Chicken on Rye Triangles, Sparkle Shake.

    Other suggestions?

  • kladinvt

    They’ve single-handedly raised the ratings of all other Manhattan restaurants, since there’s a “new low” in town.

  • anne marie in philly

    h8 is still h8, no matter the fancy package. the boycott is still on!

  • CottonBlimp

    Anyone who eats there instead of any of the amazing, inexpensive, and LOCAL chicken restaurants is a bane on the city.

    • Alex in Idaho

      RAmen. I hardly ever eat out (because I cook), but when I do, it’s a local place. The chains can get by without my money, and I can get by without their cardboard food.

  • Leo Tallant

    I have never had the misfortune of even seeing one of these places, other than in pictures I have seen here. Never even heard of them before all of this started.

  • Octavio

    Will they have a Chic-fil genius bar?

    • sherman

      Complete with Jeebus coloring books.

  • Blake J Butler

    Sorry, i prefer to do my business at my local Starbucks conveniently located across the street from the Chick-fil-a in my town. (suburban sprawl at its worst). not their waffle fries, or their bible scripture branded cups and bags (yes literally it is) would make me want to do business with a corporation that does not believe in equality. Starbucks on the other hand, will get my business on a regular basis, because they, unlike Chick-fil-a, are the polar opposite of Chick-fil-a, and i do applaud them for the causes that they do support.

  • Alex in Idaho

    The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck should park here, often.

    • Alex in Idaho, heehee ya can’t park in NYC! xxx

      • Alex in Idaho

        Well then, they should circle the block for hours. 😉

  • rancho

    In the same interview he talked about not believing in divorce and 1man-1 woman FOR LIFE. The straights prefer to ignore that part.

  • canoebum

    Controversy aside…I try to avoid all corporate food if possible. That goes for Applebie’s. Olive Garden, MikeyDs, Burger King, Taco Bell, Denny’s, Pizzaria Uno, DQ, the list goes on and on. A little careful planning and a few extra minutes looking can usually turn up an alternative with something resembling actual food on the menu. I will give in to a White Castle, if I see one(there aren’t many in my part of the country). It’s a personal failing; I’m trying to deal with it.

    • Alex in Idaho

      We don’t have any White Castle stores out here, but you can get your fix in the freezer section of the grocery store. I avert my eyes and zip on past ’em.

      • canoebum

        I’ve tried them. It’s just not the same. I prefer to wait until I can get the real thing, fresh off the grill. Harold and Kumar had it right.

  • SybilDisobedience

    We could all go to the restaurant order the cheapest item on the menu and spend an afternoon with friends. All afternoon. Maybe even the evening too. Nursing that small Diet Coke ® for hours and hours.

    • Be sure and keep all CFA paper goods, so you can go back tomorrow for less!

    • Harley

      Don’t forget the free refills.

  • Steverino

    Barf.

  • Ginger Snap

    Now when the christers visit that awful city of sin they will have a christ like place to stuff themselves. Fast food that trades in death of animals and their customers. VOMIT!

  • TheManicMechanic

    Big enough to have its own Duane Reed.

  • Six Pins Delores

    I love going to Chick-Fil-A every time I need to do a sloppy piss

    • Harley

      And “accidentally” miss the toilet entirely.

  • Queequeg

    There are a couple of stores in achicago, but I will never visit them.

  • AKSARBENT

    “Comes with a side of LGBT inclusivity”? Oh jeez, is Empire State Pride Agenda now copying the lame analogies of Tony Perkins’ press releases?

  • seant426

    #youarewhatyoueat

  • Nuff Said

    Meh… I don’t get all the fuss. There have been chicken mega-stores in Arkansas for decades.

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/78/Florida_chicken_house.jpg

  • I’ll stick with KFC if I want fast food fried chicken, thank you very much.

    (granted, I rarely want fast food fried chicken)

  • empidonax_road

    Dan Cathy shut his mouth on this subject, but I’m betting the checkbook stayed open.