In case you hadn’t noticed, leftists loathe Chick-fil-A with a passion over its stand for conservative values, on issues from gay marriage to closing on the Sabbath. The mere sight of a restaurant has triggered many a snowflake millennial.
Now, things are about to get worse for the haters, as it was announced today that the largest Chick-fil-A in the world is coming to Manhattan, within sight of the Freedom Tower.
When Chick-fil-A came to New York City in 2015, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city’s upper-crust leftists tried to organize a boycott. It did not go well – even progressives love Chick-fil-A, apparently. The Daily Caller reported that the opening of the restaurant saw lines around the block, and plenty of people willing to put aside politics for some chicken. Here’s how they reported the opening at the time.
“I’m gay and I’m obsessed with Chick-fil-A,” Prospect Heights resident Courtney Kim said. She added, “My motto is that they’ll never hate gay people as much as I love fried chicken.”
“I don’t get it,” The Gothamist heard one girl say to her friend. “It’s just fast food.”
Another customer said, “I don’t stand with their values. But I do stand with their sandwiches.”
Now, the new Chick-fil-A coming to New York City will be five stories tall and offer fantastic views of the Freedom Tower. They will also offer some fantastic chicken sandwiches.
Chick-fil-A fans across the country should start planning a pilgrimage to the Big Apple, because the chain is planning to open the Mecca of all chicken-sandwich shops in New York City in 2018.
The chain announced Monday that it’s building the “largest Chick-fil-A ever” — a five-level, 12,000-square-foot restaurant complete with a rooftop seating — smack-dab in the middle of Manhattan’s Financial District. And since it’s situated just a half-mile from the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, Chick-fil-A boasts that the new restaurant “will offer unimpeded views of the Freedom Tower” from the rooftop dining area.
“The Fulton Street metro station is right next door to the restaurant, and no one will ever build on top of it,” explained Chick-fil-A’s design manager, Nathaniel Cates. “That means our guests will always have the same views of Freedom Tower.”
However, according to the official announcement, Chick-fil-A’s newest NYC location will also be the narrowest it’s ever built, at just 15 feet wide. Even so, Cates promises it’s making “the dining experience as comfortable as possible” for patrons.
“We pushed ourselves to break into new ways of thinking and try innovative solutions we’ve never implemented before,” said Cates.
The company also says it’s incorporated specific design elements into the restaurant’s façade in order to give passersby “a subtle impression of the Twin Towers” to “acknowledge the significance of location.”
The restaurant opens in 2018. The triggering awaits.