Controversial fast-food chicken chain Chick-fil-A is set to open its third Manhattan location near Grand Central, anticipating it to be its busiest location ever. Come March 1, at the corner of East 42nd Street and Madison Avenue, the store will debut with two floors spread across 6,200 square feet, Buzzfeed reports.
Chick-fil-A first descended on Manhattan in 2015 to massive hype and very long lines, prompting it to quickly open its second Midtown location the following year. This new Grand Central location will be its third standalone restaurant in the borough, and it’s expected to become the busiest Chick-fil-A in the country — even despite backlash to Chick-fil-A president and COO Dan Cathy’s frequent anti-LGBT comments.
The chain also has plans to open a massive five-story operation in FiDi, equipped with a terrace and designed to “give a subtle impression of the Twin Towers” as an homage to the site of 9/11.
Chick-fil-A has been in rapid expansion mode, opening 100 new stores a year. In fact, the Atlanta-based company announced in 2016 that it had plans to open a dozen new restaurants in the New York area by the end of 2017. That didn’t exactly happen, but the chicken chain is still going hard on a NYC takeover with these two huge locations on the horizon. There are also Chick-fil-A restaurants in Queens and Long Island.