Flint, MI — September 28, 2023
From humble beginnings just outside of Atlanta, Georgia, “Truett Cathy first started in the restaurant business in 1946 when he opened a 24-hour diner in the Atlanta suburb of Hapeville… The restaurant was so small – only ten stools and four tables – that Cathy and his brother Ben decided to call the restaurant the Dwarf Grill (later renamed Dwarf House®).”
That little diner morphed into a phenomenon that today approaches 3,000 locations in 48 states. Chick-fil-A’s history is traced to “1967, Chick-fil-A’s first restaurant was located in Atlanta’s Greenbriar Mall. Truett Cathy has been recognized as an early pioneer of today’s “food court” concept. The original “front-counter” restaurant design of the Greenbriar Mall location allowed the restaurant to occupy a space of just 384 square feet.”
Today, they are known for spotlessly clean stand-alone dine-in eateries, double drive-thru lanes that are constantly busy, superior customer service (the best-trained employees in the fast food business), delicious food, and cows that advertise for you to “Eat Mor Chikin®.”
Prior to today, the next closest location required a trip to Lansing, Novi, or Ann Arbor. Fenton Foodies will still have to drive a bit, running up US23/I75 to Miller Road, where the newest Michigan store is located just a block off the highway.
Check out the online menu. The original Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich is an all-time favorite, and the Chick-fil-A® Nuggets are a popular choice. The seasonal peach milkshake is a must-have during its limited-time appearance.
If You Go
Chick-fil-A® is closed on Sunday. “Truett Cathy made the decision to close on Sundays in 1946 when he opened his first restaurant in Hapeville, Georgia. Having worked seven days a week in restaurants open 24 hours, Truett saw the importance of closing on Sundays so that he and his employees could set aside one day to rest and worship if they choose — a practice upheld today.”®®
Most Chick-fil-A® restaurants operate between the hours of 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with breakfast served from 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and lunch and dinner served from 10:30 a.m. until 10 p.m.
Opening day created quite a traffic jam with drive-thru service only operating presently. Cars were lined up from the east on Miller Road, winding around the corner of Ballenger Highway.