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What Chick-Fil-A Was First Called
By Cynthia Anaya
Chick-fil-A is one of the largest fast-food chains in the U.S, but when Samuel Truett Cathy and his brother founded the 24-hour diner in 1946, it had a different name. The two brothers founded the Dwarf Grill in Hapeville, Georgia, in a 512-square-foot space, and it would undergo a series of changes before becoming the chain we know today.
In 1957, after a decade of success, the name was changed to The Dwarf House, and they would eventually have a complete remodel. In 1964, Cathy made a chicken sandwich in a pressure fryer, calling it the Original Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, now the restaurant's signature menu item.
In 1967, Cathy opened the first official Chick-fil-A restaurant with the Chick-fil-A name in an Atlanta shopping center, which expanded into more than 2,600 locations peppered through 47 states, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The Dwarf House still stands in Hapeville with Chick-fil-A's name attached, which reopened in February 2022 after its newest remodel.