Get ready for fried chicken sandwiches all over New York. Atlanta-based chain Chick-fil-A is planning to open more than a dozen new locations in the New York area by the end of next year, Buzzfeed reports. The popular Southern fried chicken restaurant has always said it would open more outposts in New York area — including Long Island and New Jersey — but the company now confirms that it will open at least three to four in the area by the end of this year alone. Another 10 to 12 are planned for 2017.
Chick-fil-A's two Manhattan locations have been huge hits, despite the controversy surrounding the chain CEO's anti-LGBT comments. The second one opened just a couple weeks ago and already has long lines. The chain has the highest average sales per location among the nation's fast food restaurants even though it's closed on Sundays, according to industry magazine QSR. An average Chick-fil-A makes $3 million in revenue, and the Herald Square location is the biggest in the country.
The company has not yet revealed exact addresses for its new locations. Tribeca Citizen hears that Chick-fil-A will open a FiDi spot with rooftop seating, and BuzzFeed hears that the company is eyeing the Upper East Side. Chick-fil-A has previously said that it's focused on Manhattan for New York City locations but will eventually open in Brooklyn as well. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available, and drop us a line if you hear of anything coming near you.