Chick-fil-A fans in New York City will soon be able to savor the chain's chicken while enjoying sweeping views of One World Trade.
The chain announced it will open its largest location ever at 144 Fulton St. in 2018. It will be five stories tall and 12,000 square feet, but just 15 feet wide – the narrowest eatery the company has built.
Since the restaurant will sit less than half a mile from the 9/11 Memorial, the company paid homage to Ground Zero by designing glass windows with elements built into the facade that give a "subtle impression of the Twin Towers – one on each side of the restaurant."
The Atlanta-based fast-food company currently has two other locations in New York City. Last year, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called on New Yorkers to boycott the company due to its CEO's open disapproval of same-sex marriage. That push, however, proved unsuccessful.
Chick-fil-A's new downtown location came with unique challenges, according to a company spokesman, but nevertheless, Chick-fil-A is promising a comfortable experience for customers, complete with a rooftop terrace and skylights.
“We pushed ourselves to break into new ways of thinking and try innovative solutions we’ve never implemented before,” said Nathaniel Cates, design manager for restaurant development at Chick-fil-A. “We are always thinking about how to make the dining experience feel as comfortable as possible for our customers.”
The Fulton Street MTA station will be located next door to the new Chick-fil-A, a juxtaposition that Cates said will preserve customers' view of One World Trade Center.
“No one will ever build on top of it,” Cates said. “That means our guests will always have the same views of Freedom Tower. That was another advantage of the building that we were grateful to have.”