Largest Chick-fil-A Ever to Open in New York City
In 2018, Chick-fil-A’s newest New York City location will open in Manhattan’s Financial District. At more than 12,000 square feet, this new five-story location will be the largest the chicken chain has ever built. According to the company’s blog, this Chick-fil-A will even have a rooftop terrace that will offer “unimpeded” views of the World Trade Center’s Freedom Tower.
“We pushed ourselves to break into new ways of thinking and try innovative solutions we’ve never implemented before,” Chick-fil-A design manager Nathaniel Cates said in a statement. “We are always thinking about how to make the dining experience feel as comfortable as possible for our customers.”
The new FiDi restaurant will be located at 144 Fulton Street, and is planned to be nearly twice the size of any existing Chick-fil-A — although, at only 15 feet wide, it will be the chain’s most narrow location. Ceiling-to-floor windows will be installed on each of five levels that include two floors for kitchen space and three levels to seat 140 guests.
“A huge wall also extends along the staircase to reflect light down from the top floor to the ground. This entire feature brightens the space and nicely creates an illusion of space,” Crates said. A skylight will exist from the rooftop terrace downward to illuminate descending floors. This element of design was included due to the building’s location in the center of a dark city block.
Inside the uppermost floor will be a semi-private multi-purpose room that can be set up to reveal whiteboards and corkboards for group trainings or meetings. In the future, the company plans to open that room up to other groups as well.
According to the New York Daily News, the space at 144 Fulton Street was purchased by Crown Acquisitions in 2015 for $25 million. What was once home to an old souvenir outpost will now host FiDi’s newest Chick-fil-A, prompting New Yorkers to “eat mor chikin.”
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