Not-so-big changes for the fried chicken joint; Nation's Restaurant News reports that Dan Cathy is replacing his father S. Truett Cathy as Chick-fil-A's chairman and chief executive.
S. Truett Cathy, in the meantime, will remain on as chair emeritus and devote his time to "entrepreneurial efforts" including a new restaurant, Truett's Luau in Fayetteville, Ga. The Hawaiian-themed fast-food restaurant will reportedly open Dec. 12, 2013, with specials like calamari and banana macadamia nut pancakes.
As for Chick-fil-A, very little will change, we imagine; Cathy had been acting as the chief operating officer and president since 2001. He's known mostly for focusing on customer service while making controversial comments on "traditional marriage," especially when concerning Chick-fil-A's anti-gay marriage donations.
"Dan is ready to take Chick-fil-A into its next chapter of growth and stewardship," Truett Cathy said in a statement in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "He has been a highly effective leader in the business and shares my commitment of being a faithful steward to all that has been entrusted to us."