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Locals line up for Chick-fil-A’s Kings County debut

Open for business: Franchise owner Brandon Hurst welcomes hundreds of diners to the first Chick-fil-A outpost in Brooklyn in Sept. 12.
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The chicken has landed!

Southern fried chicken chain Chick-fil-A celebrated the grand opening of its inaugural Kings County location in Prospect Heights on Thursday.

Brooklynites hankering for the Georgia-based poultry purveyor’s golden-fried fowl endured long lines that stretched out the door and down Flatbush Avenue from the eatery’s newly renovated storefront between Pacific Street and Fifth Avenue, where one fan said the wait to get inside was nothing compared to the wait for Chick-fil-A’s Brooklyn debut.

“It’s about time they had one around here,” said Crown Heights resident Jared Foyer. “I’m very excited.”

The chicken chain’s arrival across the street from Barclay’s Center sets the stage for a food-fight with next door neighbor Shake Shack — which sat mostly empty on Thursday as Chick-fil-A staffers struggled to fry up enough chicken to satisfy the overwhelming demand.

But the owner of the new Chick-fil-A location didn’t want to boast, saying he only hoped to be a good neighbor.

“I’m so excited to open our doors to this community and to offer our guests an environment where they can enjoy great food and comfort with friends and family,” said Brandon Hurst.

Hurst’s neighborly talk belies the cut-throat recruiting tactics the eatery employed in the weeks prior to Thursday’s opening, when a Chick-fil-A operative allegedly tried to poach staff from a nearby juice bar — much to its owner’s chagrin.

Hurst denied any involvement in that incident and blamed the incident on a rogue corporate employee.

While the restaurant’s new workers may or may not have juicing experience, the eatery expects to employ approximately 120 staffers to run the chicken joint everyday except Sunday — when all Chick-fil-A locations are closed to conform with the Southern Baptist values of its now-deceased founder.

Those religious roots have landed the chain at the center of multiple controversies, including forking over big bucks to fund Christian organizations that discriminate against the LGBTQ community, according to a Think Progress report.

But Hurst said everyone is welcome to enjoy his tasty fried chicken, saying politics in Georgia won’t affect his business here in Brooklyn.

“If you can love yourself, that’s all we care about here,” he said.

Reach reporter Aidan Graham at agraham@schnepsmedia.com or by calling (718) 260–4577. Follow him at twitter.com/aidangraham95.
Posted 12:00 am, September 16, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Mike from Bay Ridge says:
Call it Chick-stand-in-a-line-a! For their fattening hatred sandwiches. Gross.
Sept. 16, 3:11 am
Larry from Great Neck says:
How refreshing to hear that Chick-fil-A has opened up their first store in Brooklyn. . Chick-fil-A already has stores in NYC open for several years. Chick-Fil-A has long term plans for opening up to 200 stores in the five boroughs of NYC. Chick-Fil-A provides gainful employment to construction contractors and their employees building each local store. Once open, Chick-Fil-A provides gainful employment to cooks, cashiers and those who deliver daily food supplies. Don't forget that they provide a good quality product at reasonable prices for many New Yorkers. Everyone benefits including members of the LGBTQ community. It has been disappointing to previously see "politically correct" progressive liberal members of the LGBTQ community throwing their lot in with political extremists on the right who use the threat of boycotts to impose their moral values on others. If you don't like the politics of Chick-fil-A, don't eat there. Don't deny the civil liberties of others who might prefer Chick-fil-A. In America, under the free enterprise system, this is called freedom of choice. Chick-fil-A owners and employees are our neighbors who work long hours and pay taxes. True tolerance means accepting those with different values than your own. Will NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Jumanne Williams, Council Speaker Corey Johnson and other local elected officials continue to attempt to score political points with their liberal friends by opposing Chick-fil-A expanding into the NYC market? All should worry about more important issues such as future budget shortfalls, growing long-term debt, education, environmental, transportation, safety and unemployment along with delivery of essential municipal services.
Sept. 16, 7:02 am
Local from Here says:
It's pretty tasty for fast food, but their agenda of hate will keep me from ever eating it again.
Sept. 16, 9:10 am
concerned from Greenwood says:
I've never eaten there and never will!
Sept. 16, 10:17 am
BoFiS from Ditmas Park says:
Shame they have and continue to support anti-choice and anti-gay organizations so I would never step into one or give them a cent of my money. There are plenty of better places to eat in Brooklyn!
Sept. 16, 11:38 am
Lisa Mislowack from West Midwood, Brooklyn says:
No way that I would ever buy food at this establishment! Their far right affiliation and hate filled beliefs should keep all Brooklynites out of there. They are despicable!
Sept. 16, 1:37 pm
Juss Checkin from Boerum Hill says:
Came here to check if this chicken shack were still the very same bigotry-touting, slimy beliefs and food slinging operation as last I had recalled. It is! Grossed out to see them all over Manhattan lately and hope Brooklyn boycotts them out of our borough.
Sept. 16, 3:20 pm
Michael from Sheepshead Bay says:
Superior meal at a fair price! And that's why this company is thriving and growing despite organized efforts to boycott it because it has the audacity to believe what to some is unpopular. These boycotters are smong those who look the other way while their progressives laud anti Semites and growing anti Semitism. Hypocrites!
Sept. 16, 4:19 pm
Kenzo from Park Slope says:
Won't catch me there for the same reason I won't patronize Domino's Pizza. I vote with my wallet. I won't patronize Walmart either for other reasons....but we don't have to worry about them opening in the 5 boroughs any time soon...or ever.
Sept. 16, 6 pm
George says:
Long lines all the time. Guess those boycotts really worked.
Sept. 17, 12:12 am
Hannah McLeary from Gravesend says:
Good - now we’ll know who the bigots are! They’ll be the big fat ones shoving factory farm chicken and grease sandwiches into their ugly, hateful mouths.
Sept. 17, 1:41 am
Ralph from Fort Greene says:
The most hateful, vengeful people seem to be far lefties and LGBTQ. They don't like place and want to shut it down.
Sept. 17, 1:47 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
I want Chick-Fil-A to "poach" employees from other businesses by offering them higher wages and I also want Brooklynites to boycott Chick-Fil-A. To the extent that people don't boycott and Chick-Fil-A gets customers, I want to see the money flow to the workers and not to the bigoted corporation running it.
Sept. 17, 5:47 am
Angel from Fort Green says:
will not spend a penny there
Sept. 17, 12:13 pm
Candy from Midwood says:
I cannot believe in this day and age that ANYONE in NYC would go to a place that prides itself on hatred,
Sept. 17, 1:03 pm
Fetus from Brooklyn says:
BoFiS from Ditmas Park is apparently unaware that there are plenty of New Yorkers who are anti-"choice," especially since the "choice" has now been extended until the water breaks.
Sept. 17, 7:07 pm
Jim says:
Chikfila has a right to their beliefs. The left are the intolerant ones.
Sept. 17, 10:18 pm
Po from Yorkville says:
Never eaten there, never will
Sept. 19, 9:43 am
King Ron from Not Brooklyn says:
Yes CFA is bad because of their owners beliefs. Forget the fact that in Texas a CFA opened up on a Sunday and handed out 400 sandwhiches to drivers stranded on the Interstate due to Tropical Storm... Will venture to say more than 1 of those people who got the sandwhich were probably gay. They also have alot of gay workers that work there and you don't see them complaining. You can hate their owner for his belief but LOVE Nike because of their child labor practices because one is more infintely worse than the other Here it is left.. we want everyone to be inclusive UNLESS you disagree with us then you can't be included
Sept. 23, 4:31 am

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