Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day: Line is drawn as chicken war goes on

City Hall wants to take a bite out of Chick-fil-A's expansion plans in Boston.

The line has been drawn in the chicken war and even the taste of delicious, greasy, fried chicken is not enough to apparently sway Boston area residents.

Last month, Chick-fil-A’s president made anti-gay comments that prompted Mayor Thomas Menino to express his anger and ask the chain not to open in a private building in Boston.

The controversy quickly spread across the country and prompted people on many sides of the issue to speak out. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, in his support of the chicken chain, proclaimed Wednesday national Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.

By noon Wednesday the line at the Chick-fil-A at the Burlington Mall (the closest location to Boston) was more than 40 people long. Some were wearing shirts with “Liberty,” “U.S.A.” or “God bless America” written on them. One elderly man was handing out religious pamphlets titled “If Jesus came to your house” to those in line before mall security asked him to stop.

David Gernhard, who works near the mall, said he stops at the restaurant about once or twice a month because he likes the chicken sandwiches, but said he made it a point to eat lunch there Wednesday. He said he supports the company’s right to locate in Boston despite the opinions of its president.

“It’s a great sandwich,” said Gernhard, “and I support property rights.”

With all of the recent controversy, Metro set out to see if the taste of the raved-about chicken would change people’s minds about the company.

Metro provided samples of plain chicken sandwiches from Chick-fil-A and another competitive fast food chain to people out near Faneuil Hall and Government Center Wednesday afternoon and asked which they prefer before revealing which sandwich was which. Eight out of thirteen people preferred the Chick-fil-A sandwich in Metro’s unscientific survey.

However, some of those who preferred the taste didn’t agree with the ideals.

“I still won’t give them any money,” said Tony Gross of Somerville, who preferred the Chick-fil-A sample. “It’s a human rights issue and history will look back and see this issue as a human rights issue just like racial equality.”

A protest has been planned for Friday when same-sex couples have been asked to kiss at the restaurant locations.

A taste for Menino

Since many Boston area residents preferred Chick-fil-A’s chicken, Metro offered an extra sandwich to Mayor Thomas Menino for his take.

However, a spokesman said Menino was unavailable all day Wednesday because he was having and recuperating from an outpatient procedure on his drooping eyelids.

It was unclear if Menino has ever tried a Chick-fil-A sandwich.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

US military tried, but failed to rescue journalist…

The U.S. military earlier this year tried to rescue journalist James Foley and other American hostages held in Syria ,but failed to find the captives.

National

Fate of captured beluga whales in hands of…

A Georgia aquarium went to court on Wednesday seeking federal permission to bring 18 captured beluga whales to the United States from Russia.

Local

After Eric Garner death, religious leaders meet to…

Interfaith leaders convened with city officials to discuss what the community can do to help dial down heightened tensions after Eric Garner's death.

Local

'Suspicious' Hamilton Heights fire caused by power strip:…

An extension cord overload caused the deadly fire in Hamilton Heights late Monday that killed a 15-year-old girl and injured at least 12 others.

Television

'So You Think You Can Dance' recap: Season…

And then there were six. It was a big night on stage as the Top 6 got to dance with each other, All-star partners and perform a solo routine.

Going Out

5 things to do in NYC this weekend…

FILM Lebowski Fest Aug. 22-23, 8 p.m. Various locations, Manhattan $20-$30, www.lebowskifest.com The Dude abides — for 48 hours to celebrate the 1998 Coen brothers classic.…

Television

'Doctor Who' personality profile: the 4 Doctors

When the time comes for a new Doctor, there's always some anxiety over the big question: Who will he be? The series owes its longevity…

Television

Billy Crystal to commemorate late actor Robin Williams…

  Comedian Billy Crystal will pay tribute to late actor Robin Williams at television's Primetime Emmy Awards on Aug. 25, the show's organizers said on…

NFL

Giants expected to work Corey Washington into first-team…

The day of reckoning for the Giants' fringe players will fall upon them Friday night against the Jets.

NFL

Jalen Saunders still unsure what caused car accident…

Jets rookie wide receiver Jalen Saunders spoke to the media Wednesday for the first time since his car accident, but he didn't say a whole lot.

NFL

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL…

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL defense (DEF)

NFL

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL…

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL quarterbacks (QB)

Sex

Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…

Wellbeing

Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…

Wellbeing

Metabolic syndrome could have a sugar link

Scientists in St. Louis may have found another culprit in metabolic syndrome, which can lead to heart disease and type 2 diabetes.  Uric acid is…

Wellbeing

Another way stress hurts your unborn baby

Mothers know to try staying calm during pregnancy, as stress has been linked to behavioral and developmental problems for their babies. But now, a new…