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The Chick-fil-A Story

In 1946 Mr. S. Truett Cathy went into business with his brother Ben and opened a restaurant called The Dwarf Grill, which was located in Hapeville, Georgia. The Dwarf Grill was given its name because of its size; having only a handful of tables and counter stools. The Dwarf Grill was open 24 hours a day, six days a week. This demanded a lot of Truett’s time and energy and by the seventh day he was ready to rest. It was at this time that Truett made an oath to himself that he would always close his restaurant on Sunday. To this day, every Chick-fil-A restaurant is closed on Sunday.

By the early 1960’s Truett was experimenting with different seasonings and ways to cook his chicken menu items more quickly. Truett discovered that if he separated the chicken breast meat from the bone and pressure cooked it, he could cook it in less than four minutes. He put this newly seasoned chicken filet on a bun and served the first chicken sandwich. This is why we can say in truth... “We didn’t invent the chicken, just the chicken sandwich.” To trademark the product Truett gave this new sandwich the name ... Chick-fil-A, with a capital “A” for quality.

The Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich became so popular that in 1967 Truett opened his first Chick-fil-A restaurant at the Greenbriar Mall in Atlanta. You can now find Chick-fil-A restaurants in many locations; including most major malls, free standing street locations, college campuses, business complexes, airports and hospitals. There are currently more than 1,600 restaurants nationwide. Truett Cathy attributes his success to his faith in God and in his genuine desire to help others achieve success in their lives. He often says, “If you help enough other people get what they want, then you’ll get what you want.”


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