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Plucker up! Chick-fil-A coming to Prospect Heights

Beef or chicken?: Chick-fil-A will open its first Brooklyn location on Flatbush Avenue next door to Shake Shack and across the street from the Barclays Center, according to the landlord that leased the space to the restaurant.
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This restaurant is giving Brooklyn the bird!

Bigwigs at southern fried chicken joint Chick-fil-A are dropping gobs of cash to transform a neglected Flatbush Avenue storefront near the Barclays Center into the chain’s first Kings County location, according to the landlord who leased the space.

“They’re going to spend big money to make the restaurant work,” said Michael Pintchik, who owns the poultry purveyor’s future home between Fifth Avenue and Pacific Street. “It’s not a short-term lease, it will be here for many years.”

Pintchik declined to discuss the specifics of the fried-chicken juggernaut’s lease, saying he wanted to protect his tenant’s right to privacy, and a spokesman for the eatery kept his beak sealed even tighter, admitting only that the company is looking at space near the Prospect Heights arena.

“While we are still early in the process, we are excited to confirm that Chick-fil-A is actively pursuing a restaurant location in Brooklyn across from the Barclays Center,” said Rob Entsminger.

The new storefront, which is adjacent to Shake Shack, will be the fast-food chain’s seventh in New York City when it opens, but likely will not be it’s biggest — that honor goes to a five-story outpost with rooftop dining in the outer borough of Manhattan, which bigwigs heralded as the world’s largest Chick-fil-A when it opened in March.

The chain generated some $8 billion in revenue from its more than 2,100 restaurants in 2016, Business Insider reported the following year — raking in the cash even while closing all branches every Sunday due to the Christian roots of its now-deceased founder, whose company motto is “to glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us, and to have a positive influence on all who come into contact with Chick-fil-A.”

The poultry peddler’s public piety has stirred controversy in the past, including in 2009 when the company’s philanthropic arm donated more than $1.5 million to anti-LGBTQ causes, and in 2012 when its president claimed that same-sex couples would incur the wrath of god.

“I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about,” Dan Cathy, son of Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy, told the Christian Post that year.

Pintchik, however, insisted his new tenant will positively involve itself in the local community once it arrives — although he’s not sure how, he said.

“They’re concerned about being a good citizen in the community,” the landlord said. “I don’t know how they’re going to do it, but I think they’re ultimately going to be good neighbors.”

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Posted 12:00 am, August 24, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Bob Marvin from Prospect Lefferts Gardens says:
I may eventually try this place; some time between when pigs fly and when hell freezes over.
Aug. 25, 8:49 am
NakedHikerNYC from Downtown Brooklyn says:
People of Brooklyn, please don't eat here. These people are giving their money to oppress our LGBTQ brothers and sisters. Don't add your money to their pile.
Aug. 25, 9:49 am
Fred from Windsor Terrace says:
@ Bob and Nakedhiker

Do you also refuse to eat Halal food? You do realize that Islam has no room for gay people and regards them as an abomination. In many Islamic countries gay people are jailed. In some they are killed. Actions taken straight from the Koran.
Aug. 25, 10:03 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Fred, the people who do the Halal food didn't make campaigns against gay rights whereas Chick-Fill-A did, plus I find it wrong to profile all Muslims just because of the actions of a few such as the Muslim Brotherhood and this is coming from an Israel-born Jew such as myself.
Aug. 26, 1:04 pm
Fred from Windsor Terrace says:
Ted, Halal food is prepared in strict accordance with Islamic law. Those who serve Halal food are explicitly following Islamic law—all of it. Islam regards homosexuality as “haram” or forbidden, and punishment for gay people is the norm in the Islamic world. You can’t separate the two.

I reject the anti gay propaganda of the Chick-Fil-A owners, and the persecution of gay people under Islam. But if someone is inclined to boycott the Chick-Fil-A’s of the world due to their anti gay views, that boycott should also extend to Halal food stores and Islam itself, because Islam is a far greater danger to LGBTQ people.
Aug. 26, 6:11 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
First of all, get my name right, Fraud. Getting back to the subject, last time I checked, it was those at Chick-Fil-A who were doing the anti-gay ads, not the halal food guys. How do you know they all agree with Shariah Law? Did you ever ask them about that in person? If you didn't, then don't make such assumptions and cut the profiling. You wouldn't like if I blamed a group such as yours just because of a few that did bad things that those fitting such actions.
Aug. 27, 5:43 pm
Barbra from Park Slope says:
Excuse me Tal, but what makes you think Chicken Fil-a is halal? This is christian food! Not a falaphel. It's not halal - sorry!
Aug. 29, 5:47 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Barbra, I was talking to Fred about how it was the owners of Chick-Fil-A who were pushing against gay rights and not the halal food people, but I take it you weren't reading the comments all the way through.
Aug. 29, 2:47 pm
Fred from Windsor Terrace says:
Tal, you are a complete dope who doesn’t understand what Halal food is, what Sharia is, or what the relationship between the two is.
Aug. 30, 10:30 pm

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