Chick-fil-A fans across the country are sure to be happy because the chain is planning to open the biggest of all shops in New York City in 2018.
Chick-fil-A announced on Monday that they’re building the “largest Chick-fil-A ever” — a five-level, 12,000-square-foot restaurant complete with a rooftop seating, right in the middle of Manhattan’s Financial District.
It will be just a half-mile from the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, Chick-fil-A boasts that the new restaurant “will offer unimpeded views of the Freedom Tower” from the rooftop dining area.
“The Fulton Street metro station is right next door to the restaurant, and no one will ever build on top of it,” explained Chick-fil-A’s design manager, Nathaniel Cates. “That means our guests will always have the same views of Freedom Tower.
“There were a couple things benefiting us – first, there’s an open courtyard behind the building, and second, we have no tenants upstairs,” Cates says. “We took advantage of the courtyard by adding a large window in the back of the restaurant, and since Chick-fil-A has the whole building, we brought in natural light through a skylight.”
In addition to the skylight, the Fulton street restaurant will have floor-to-ceiling windows on each level and brightly colored interior finishes. Starting on the second floor, there is a window that also spans the second and third floors, allowing natural light to flood in from the rear courtyard.
At only 15 feet wide, no other Chick-fil-A is as narrow as this one that will be built. This restaurant will have five levels, including two levels of kitchen space for food prep, and three levels of dining areas to seat 140 guests.
To tie the five levels of the restaurant together, a signature monumental staircase – the first one ever to be built for a Chick-fil-A restaurant – will extend from the fourth level to the ground floor, accentuated by the skylight.
Cates says that, together with the skylight, the staircase will make a huge difference by letting customers know there is dining upstairs.
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