Even though Chick-fil-A is a beloved fast-casual staple in the United States, parts of it still seem clouded in mystery. So, we did some digging.
14 Things You Didn’t Know About Chick-fil-A:
1. Chick-fil-A originally opened in 1946 as Dwarf Grill in Hapeville, Georgia. Eventually, that became Dwarf House.
2. The company rebranded in 1967 to become Chick-fil-A.
3. There are still 13 Chick-fil-A Dwarf House restaurants still operating.
4. The company was founded by S. Truett Cathy who found a pressure-fryer that could cook a chicken sandwich as fast as a hamburger.
5. The first actual Chick-fil-A restaurant opened in 1967 in the food court of the Greenbriar Mall.
6. The company is closed on Sundays because Cathy said, “I was not so committed to financial success that I was willing to abandon my principles and priorities. One of the most visible examples of this is our decision to close on Sunday. Our decision to close on Sunday was our way of honoring God and of directing our attention to things that mattered more than our business.”
7. The Chick-fil-A logo chicken is named Doodles.
8. Employees get a free meal every 5.5 hours of work. And yes, they can have anything on the menu.
9. The “A” stand for “grade A” and top quality.
10. The chicken is never frozen.
11. Currently, Chick-fil-A operates in 47 states. Alaska, Hawaii and Vermont are the three states missing out.
12. Chick-fil-A sauce is just a mix of barbecue, honey mustard and ranch.
13. Most restaurants have a secret menu with a variety of offerings.
14. Chick-fila-A is the largest buyer of peanut oil in the world.