The World's Largest Chick-Fil-A Opened in New York City
Here are five facts about the Big Apple's newest location.
When Chick-fil-A first opened its doors in New York City back in 2015, the friendly-yet-controversial chain caused quite a stir as area fans of its chicken sandwiches lined up to get a taste they'd been either been missing or missing out on. Since then the Atlanta-based company has opened four more locations in the Big Apple, but its latest outlet is taking the largest bite. The Fulton Street restaurant, which opened today, is nestled next to the busy Fulton Center transit hub in the city's Financial District and sports the most square-footage of any location around the globe.
Here are five fast facts you should know about the newest and biggest Chick-Fil-A of them all:
It's the world's largest.
The FiDi Chick-Fil-A comes in at 12,000 square feet of floor space, which spans five levels including a basement prep kitchen and three upper levels of dining with floor-to-ceiling windows for up to 140 guests to enjoy the views of Lower Manhattan as they chow down on the chain's famous sandwiches.
It's the world's narrowest.
At just 15-feet wide, the new Chick-fil-A fits in with other New York buildings that often attempt to do more with vertical space than horizontal.
It's got a rooftop.
When the weather cooperates, visitors can head up the fifth-floor terrace to eat outside and get some fresh (as fresh as NYC can be) air, a premium for any local restaurant, let alone a fast food joint.
The Fulton Street location will fold in online ordering as well as tablet kiosks to keep customers moving through the first floor counter as quickly as possible.
It's locally owned.
Borough resident Luke Cook owns the franchise, which he opened following a stint working the line in Atlanta and operating other restaurants in Pennsylvania and his native Lousiana. “My family and I are honored to be opening a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Lower Manhattan, a part of the city we’ve always loved,” Cook said in a statement. “We’re so happy to be living, working and raising our children in the most vibrant city and neighborhood in the world. We want this restaurant to be a gathering place for everyone in the community.”
New York's newest Chick-fil-A is open Monday-Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. at 144 Fulton Street, New York, NY.