Southern fried chicken franchise Chick-fil-A has plans to invade New York City with an onslaught of new locations.
Chick-fil-A first took a stab at the Big Apple food scene with its flagship location that premiered last fall with immediate success: think hour long lines down the block.
The chicken giant reportedly confirmed to BuzzFeed News that they have plans to open another three to four locations in the greater NYC-area in 2016, and an additional 10 to 12 restaurants by 2017.
The greater NYC-area (consisting of Long Island, parts of North Jersey and Connecticut) currently has a total of 17 restaurants, including their Rockefeller Center location that opened on April 2nd.
This announcement caused hefty shockwaves throughout the NYC area, as New Yorkers were only beginning to prep themselves for a third NYC location.
While we were stoked about the opening of the original NYC Chick-fil-A, and were tentatively accepting of the second location with the hopes that it would reduce lines, we're not too thrilled with this rapid invasion of controversial poultry.
A spokesperson told BuzzFeed that "the remainder of 2016 and 2017, our real estate investments are projected to be greatest in the NYC and L.A. markets."
Though the lines for Chick-fil-A are still rather daunting, we'd much rather wait on one than see our city inundated with even more fast food shops.
Apart from their locations, Eater reports that Chick-fil-A is also experimenting with gluten free bun options for those with gluten based dietary restrictions.
The buns will be introduced through a test trial at locations in Boise, Seattle, and Jackson, MS, according to Refinery29. If successful, NYC could see this option in the future.
However, because Chick-fil-A kitchens are not gluten-free, you will simply receive a wrapped gluten free bun, sans any condiments or chicken.
If you'd like meat with your bread (because, uh, who would want just some bread from Chick-fil-A?) you can order a slice of grilled chicken, but be warned that because their kitchens are not gluten-free, cross-contamination could still cause your allergies to flare up.
Plus, if you do wish to purchase a gluten-free bun, it's an additional $1.15 plus tax to receive a bun in a wrapped bag... you can then assemble your sandwich yourself.
Why won't they put your sandwich together? Only their bun is gluten-free, so if you have a reaction, they no longer have any liability.
Essentially, if you want a deconstructed grilled chicken sandwich that may or may not still harm you, try the Chick-fil-A. If not, make one yourself or go somewhere that takes allergies seriously.[via BuzzFeed News] [Feature Image Courtesy Instagram]