Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Chick-fil-A, the controversial Atlanta-based chain of fast-food chicken restaurants, plans to open its first Long Island location in Port Jefferson Station on Oct. 7, the company said in a statement Tuesday.The first 100 local customers over 18 years old will win a “year’s supply of Chick-fil-A” in the form of 52 certificates for free meals, plus other giveaways. The fast-food line officially forms at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6—24 hours before the grand opening.“Personalized customer service and freshly prepared food have been the hallmarks of Chick-fil-A since the day founder Truett Cathy opened his first restaurant,” said Stan Abrahamsen, local franchise owner of the location at 5184 Nesconset Highway. “My team members and I are committed to those same ideals.”The store, which features a double drive-thru, is scheduled to be open 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Its dining room has seating for 126 customers and its parking lot can hold about 130 vehicles. It will create about 80 new full-and part-time jobs, with hiring underway.Brookhaven town officials had approved the location on the site of a former auto dealership. Local gay rights activists have protested the move on the grounds that Chick-fil-A’s founder has publicly opposed marriage equality. Company officials have said it’s expected to be the first of many Long Island Chick-fil-As.The restaurant will be one of more than 1,900 in 42 states, with the closest current location at New York University in Manhattan. Three years ago, Cathy said in an interview that he opposes gay marriage—a statement that sparked protests nationwide and highlighted his donations to groups sympathetic to that position.“Chick-fil-A has a long history of being taken to task for its donations,” David Kilmnick, CEO of the Long Island GLBT Services Network, had told Brookhaven officials during a 2013 public hearing on the planned LI location, which Kilmnick opposes.Cathy, who has made no secret of incorporating Christian values into his eatery—it’s closed on Sunday, so workers can attend church, for example—later expressed regret that his sandwiches had become a symbol of the gay marriage debate.At the public hearing for the LI location, a company representative tried to appease the critics who spoke out against Chick-fil-A, known for their cow mascots urging patrons to “Eat Mor Chikn”“We’re not anti-anyone,” said Scott Thigpen, Chick-fil-A’s director of restaurant development, at the hearing in Brookhaven. “We’re literally here to serve everyone with honor, dignity and respect. It doesn’t matter about their race, creed, sexual orientation.”
Facebook16Tweet0Pin0Sunday morning is great for many things – lazy lounging, hot breakfasts, steaming coffee, and catching up on your favorite sources for content. ThurstonTalk’s Sunday Summary ensures that you don’t miss any of our high profile content from the week. Read positive information about people, businesses, and organizations doing good things in Thurston County.Start off your Sunday with ThurstonTalk.How They Do It: Ostrom’s Has Been Cultivating Nutritious, Delicious Mushrooms Since 1928I am a frequent mushroom consumer and was fascinated by the growing process. Seriously, I had no idea and I pride myself on ‘knowing where my food comes from’. Read up on Ostrom’s, our local mushroom growers.Robots Rule at STEM Robotics 101 CompetitionSo, not only do I not know how commercial mushrooms are grown, but I also have no knowledge of what it takes to build or program robots. But, a slew of talented middle school students taught me. Learn about their successes at the STEM Robotics Competition. I can guarantee you will be impressed.Alumni Soccer Tournament Brings Olympia Community TogetherOnce you are done with your Sunday morning education, be inspired by local athletes who joined together in an alumni soccer tournament to benefit Friends of Mia, a local non-profit focused on offsetting health care costs for families affected by childhood cancer.Watch for our Sunday Summary next week. In the meantime, be sure to follow us on Facebook to keep in touch with all the amazing stories from our community.