Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A is gearing up to open its first NYC restaurant this coming Saturday. The paper is off the windows, and the staff is preparing for the onslaught of chicken sandwiches lovers to rush through its doors this weekend. This will be the largest Chick-fil-A in the nation. Currently the chain operates just over 1,900 stores in 41 states. Perhaps recognizing that a New York minute is like no other, the restaurant is promising expedited service and quick ordering via iPad clad employees. The restaurant, located at 37th and 6th, will offer the familiar menu of chicken sandwiches, waffle fries, and biscuits they are famous for, although the company now claims that it "will partner with regional farmers and suppliers to source locally grown ingredients."
As is common practice Chick-fil-A will give away free food for a year to the first 100 adults in line. The opening of the much loved, yet somewhat controversial chain, has been greatly anticipated as the city is currently a hot bed of fried chicken sandwich activity. It is appropriate then, that the chain that arguably started it all is opening here. How it fares against the local favorites remains to be seen, but with a second Chick-fil-A due to open on West 46th and 6th Avenue next year the chicken sandwich wars have only just begun.
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