Love it or hate it, there’s no denying the popularity of Chick-fil-A. Now, the chicken sandwich chain will bring its line-drawing menu, and its controversies, to Seattle proper when it opens its first franchise in the city on Thursday, June 27, near the intersection of 130th and Aurora in Bitter Lake.
Chick-fil-A currently operates several other area locations, but none technically within city limits. The restaurant’s other openings have drawn long lines and traffic congestion. Customers even camped out overnight ahead of an opening in Federal Way. Given that history, the scene at the new restaurant (12801 Aurora Ave N) will likely be similarly insane.
It’s all proof that Chick-fil-A remains red-hot, even in the liberal bastion of Cascadia, despite president Dan Cathy’s history of anti-gay bigotry and the company’s millions in donations to groups that oppose same-sex marriage and practice gay conversion therapy. Cathy was quoted saying he and his company support “the biblical definition of the family unit,” and for a while the business was giving money to causes that opposed same-sex marriage. Cathy backed down from these sentiments when a media shitstorm descended upon him. Eater critic Ryan Sutton wrote that the chain — whose corporate purpose is to “glorify God” — serves “a pretty average chicken sandwich” with a side of unpalatable baggage.