Bill DeBlasio, the universally-despised mayor of New York City, is not a fan of Chick-Fil-A. In fact, the outspoken Democrat has done his best to keep the Christian-owned company out of his town. This week, however, the beloved restaurant got some sweet revenge on the liberal mayor, and New Yorkers couldn’t be happier.
In 2016, DeBlasio railed against Chick-Fil-A when they announced intentions to open a location in Manhattan. Citing the company’s conservative values, which included not being open on Sundays and support for traditional marriage, DeBlasio tried to shame them out of town, saying “I’m certainly not going to patronize them and I wouldn’t urge any other New Yorker to patronize them.”
The New York Post called his crusade against the restaurant a “clucking travesty,” mocking his manufactured outrage. The company would not be intimidated, however, and this week, they made DeBlasio very angry, but thousands of New Yorkers very happy.
The biggest Chick-fil-A location in the world is now open in New York City.
The new 12,000-square-foot franchise location had its grand opening on Thursday, drawing massive lines of people eager to satisfy their fast food craving and check out the behemoth, five-story restaurant.
The new Chick-fil-A, located at One World Trade Center in the Financial District, features what the Georgia-based company called ‘one of a kind design elements,’ including seating for 140 people, an open-air rooftop dining area, floor-to-ceiling windows, two kitchens and a semi-private group meeting and dining space.
People walking by the restaurant marveled at the length of the lines and expressed their joy at having a Chick-fil-A nearby.
‘I think every pace student is excited that Chick-Fil-A opened on Fulton today,’ a Twitter user wrote, referring to a university with a campus within walking distance.
‘They done put a Chick-fil-A on Fulton St I’m blown away,’ another tweeter wrote.
One Twitter user posted a snapshot of the crowd waiting to get inside the restaurant, snarking, ‘Seriously? This mob scene for chick filet [sic]? It’s fast food. It’s not sneakers.’
The crowd outside of the Chick-Fil-A proved the restaurant was a hit on day one.
DeBlasio has yet to comment on the new Chick-Fil-A.