Posted: March 30, 2018

Largest Chick-fil-A ever opens in NYC

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World's Biggest Chick-fil-A Will Have 5 Floors, Rooftop Deck

By Jared Leone, Cox Media Group National Content Desk


Fans of fried chicken purveyor Chick-fil-A can now dine at the largest version of the restaurant -- five floors and a rooftop terrace overlooking a view of One World Trade and the city’s financial district. 

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The 12,000-square-foot restaurant, which has 140 seats, two kitchens and a private dining area, opened Thursday, according to Eater. The restaurant is expected to employ about 150 people, according to WABC.

It is the fifth location to open in New York City. This one, like others across the country, will be closed on Sundays.


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Largest Chick-fil-A ever opens in NYC

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Largest Chick-fil-A ever opens in NYC

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Texas drill team's Chick-Fil-A cow dance goes viral

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Texas drill team's Chick-Fil-A cow dance goes viral

A Texas high school drill team brought the “moooves” to the Dallas Grand Finale dance competition Saturday with its hilariously entertaining cow number, complete with costumes and creativity.The Hallsville High School Bobcat Belles dressed as Chick-Fil-A cows and danced to a mash-up of songs including “Proud to be a Cow” from Sesame Street and “Milkshake” by Kelis.The group had the entire gymnasium laughing, said Shelbi Nicole Crawford, who shared a video of the routine on Facebook.Since its posting, the video has garnered more than 12 million views on Facebook alone.

"This dance is more of a chance for them to let loose and have fun," Hallsville dance team instructor Kathryn Calaway told KLTV. In the past, Calaway said, such “novelty dances” have featured dancers dressed up as dinosaurs and grannies.

The Belles’ dance was the highest scoring novelty dance that day at the contest.

The team also won grand champion in the super division for both team and officer dances, plus a sweep in each category entered.

Calaway told KLTV the girls deserve all the attention they’re getting. 

"They're here before everyone else," she said about their work ethic. “I feel honored to work with them."

The Belles are headed to Galveston, Texas, later this month to compete in the Showtime International competition.

Chick-fil-A adds new Frosted Sunrise treat to menu for limited time

Move over, frosted lemonade. There’s a new frozen treat at your local Chick-fil-A.

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The Frosted Sunrise is the newest addition to Chick-fil-A’s menu. 

The combination of orange juice and vanilla Ice cream was tested in Jacksonville, Florida, last fall and its success prompted the company to make it available at stores nationwide, according to a press release.

The treat is made in the same style as the fast food restaurant’s frosted lemonade and frosted coffee treats, mixing the orange juice with the vanilla dairy dessert to create a beverage similar to a smoothie or a slushie.

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The item will be available at all Chick-fil-A locations through June 2.

Court: Woman who faked being federal agent to get Chick-fil-A discount indicted

Georgia woman was indicted Thursday for charges alleging she claimed to be a federal law enforcement agent to get a discount for her Chick-fil-A meal.

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Tara Marie Solem, of Marietta, faces two felony counts of impersonating an officer, according to court documents.

Police said the incident happened July 5 at the Macland Cross Circle location in Marietta.

She initially tried to convince a worker at the eatery’s drive-thru window that that she was a federal agent, the charges say, and when that didn’t work, she went inside.

Solem walked up to the counter, argued with two managers and uttered expletives within earshot of a few children, according to a warrant.

Police said she then flashed a silver badge in a black wallet to the managers to try to prove she was a federal agent.

“She stated that she was undercover and that for them asking her to be in uniform would blow her cover and (possibly) get her killed,” according to the warrant. 

Solem called the restaurant chain’s corporate office to complain and gave the name, “Agent Solem,” police said.

The charges say that at some point, she changed her story, saying that she was an agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigations; the officer wrote in the warrant that GBI said they had no record of such an agent.

Her next court date was not listed in Cobb County’s magistrate court system.

Breastfeeding woman asked to leave Chick-Fil-A restaurant

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Breastfeeding woman asked to leave Chick-Fil-A restaurant

A woman was kicked out of a Chick-Fil-A restaurant after she started breast feeding her infant daughter.

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Macy Hornung went to the opening of the restaurant Friday, ordered and ate and then was asked by the manager to leave after she started breastfeeding without a cover, according to the West Fargo Pioneer.

"The owner came to our table where I was showing no more than the upper portion of my breast, barely more than what was visible in my shirt and asked me to cover,” Hornung wrote on social media. “I tried to explain that I couldn’t, because my baby refuses to be covered and she started harping about the children and men who can see my indecency and I need to cover. I said they could practice the simple art of looking away and tried to cite North Dakota breastfeeding laws. She told me if I chose not to cover, then she would have to ask me to leave, so I told her my review would reflect my experience and I would be relaying the experience in every local mommy group."

Kimberly Flamm, owner and operator of the restaurant, does not deny asking Hornung to leave.

"My goal is to provide a warm and welcoming environment for all of my guests,” Flamm told Valley News Live. “And I sincerely apologize for the way I handled this situation.”

Texas judge, teacher help save choking patron at Chick-fil-A

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Texas judge, teacher help save choking patron at Chick-fil-A

Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett took no time at all to render his decision: The piece of food stuck in the Chick-fil-A customer’s throat Tuesday evening had to be set free.

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“I was hunched over my MacBook, munching some Chick-fil-A chicken strips while discussing errands with my wife on my cell,” the judge said. Suddenly, another customer rushed to the booth in front of him, he said, and “started performing the Heimlich maneuver on a dad who was dining with his young daughter.”

The choking man, 53-year-old Danny Martinez, blamed the gluten-free bun he ordered at the restaurant for the evening’s pandemonium in which the judge and an Austin middle school teacher helped save his life.

“I think that was my big mistake,” Martinez said Wednesday. “The gluten-free bun was kind of dry, and it got stuck in my throat and I couldn’t breathe.”

Martinez said he stood up and locked eyes with Herson De La Garza, a Gorzycki Middle School assistant band director who was standing in front of him, and motioned that he needed help.

“He came right over, put his arms around and tried to get the Heimlich going on me,” Martinez said.

Martinez, a Boy Scout leader, said he has known how to perform the Heimlich maneuver for around 40 years. He said he adjusted De La Garza’s hands and got them into correct position to force the piece of bread from his throat.

“I always told my Boy Scouts that you need to learn this because the life you save could be mine, but I was always joking,” he said.

Willett said De La Garza “had given three or four upward abdominal thrusts, but (Martinez) was still choking.”

“I hung up on my wife (first time in 21 years!) and jumped up,” the judge said. “Herson stepped aside, and I gave a quick thrust or two, dislodging the nugget and clearing the airway.”

Willett was quick to credit De La Garza’s swift initial response.

“Herson was first on the scene and deserves enormous praise. I’m writing a letter to the superintendent recounting Herson’s Heimlich heroism. This all happened in the blink of an eye,” Willett said. “I implore everyone to get trained on the Heimlich, CPR, and other basic life-saving skills.”

You could say Willett got a little choked up recounting his encounter with Martinez.

“I squeezed my wife and three wee Willetts a little tighter (that night), and we prayed for this man’s dear family. Life is precious — and fleeting,” he said.

Willett, a Republican judge on the state Supreme Court whose humorous musings on Twitter led the Texas House to dub him the state’s “Tweeter Laureate” in 2015, is now in line to join the federal bench. President Donald Trump in September nominated Willett to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which handles cases from Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. The court has made major rulings in recent years on the regulation of the oil and gas industry, abortion and voting rights.

Martinez said he’d seen Willett walk in with a laptop and work at a table near him, but had no idea who he was. He said he only realized it was the judge after his wife told him later.

“We may have different politics, but he saved my life, and that’s a good thing,” Martinez said. “When it comes down to it, we’re all just people, and that’s what people do. They help each other. We see that after hurricanes and big events, and we see that in a Chick-fil-A restaurant.”

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