Chick Fil A Opening in Columbia Heights November 4th

3100 14th Street, NW

Coming soon signage for the eagerly anticipated, by some, Chick Fil A coming to DC USA in Columbia Heights went up in July – I’m now told they are on track for a November opening in the former Lime Fresh space at 14th and Irving St, NW. Updates when an exact date is known. Update – thanks to a reader for spotting the exact date – “Opens: November 04, 2015


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  • I always wondered what happened to Lime

  • There goes my diet.

  • This continues to be bad news for CH. All we need is another chain full of unhealthy food. Now we have unhealthy, bigoted food.

      • samanda_bynes

        eh, chipotle and cava aren’t exactly unhealthy. i dunno, more places for people to eat is always good.

        • I thought the same thing because I usually get one of the two between work and class… then I realized that the cava rice bowl I usually order has over 1,400mg of sodium.
          So, not doing that anymore.

    • Tasty Tasty Bigoted Fried food.

    • Emmaleigh504

      You don’t have to eat there.

      • I’m serious when I ask this question, did the owner ever say anything that actually warrants him being called a “bigot?” Or just he just hold a crappy opinion that we don’t agree with? I’ll be honest, I didn’t read much about it all when it was going on.

        • Emmaleigh504

          He gives lots o money to anti gay and pray the gay away orgs, and has said that marriage is between one man and one woman.

        • After the marriage decision by the supremes this summer, one of the right-winger senators tweeted that it was a good day to have Chik Filet for lunch. It’s a Kim Davis sorta place.

        • “I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, “We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage”. I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.”

        • “We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that. … We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that,” Cathy emphasized. “We intend to stay the course,” he said. “We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.”

    • At least Chick-Fil-A doesn’t serve their offerings with a side of salmonella, right?

    • ItsPetworthIt

      +999,999,999,999,999,999 x infinity!

      • ItsPetworthIt

        Replying to “This continues to be bad news for CH. All we need is another chain full of unhealthy food. Now we have unhealthy, bigoted food.”

  • Am I the only one who thinks the chick-fil-a excitement is a little over the top? I enjoy those sandwiches and nuggets, but at the end of the day its just another fast food spot.

    I know Chick-Fil-A isn’t all over like McDonalds, but if you’re that crazy about it you can just go to Silver Spring or The Verizon Center or Arlington.

    • It may be a Southern thing, like all the excitement for Carolina and Atlanta pizza chains (gack!). When I tried CF, the chicken seemed both dry and salty as if cooked in broth. Fast food chicken is usually some awful factory version of chicken, anyway.

      • I’d take the chicken-on-a-biscuit available at seemingly every gas station in the south over CF any day. Good stuff at those southern BPs.

    • there’s not one at Verizon.

    • I’m a little shocked. I mean. It’s a soggy chicken sandwich. That’s the whole menu. They’re okay, but I wouldn’t be excited if one opened across the street from me.
      Plus, the company’s support of efforts strongly against my politics put them over the top as a no.

      • They have nuggets! I just like the nuggets, I don’t think I’d get the sandwhich. The nuggets are a big step up from McD’s in my opinion.

      • Holy your tongue! I am a big fan of the spicy chicken sandwich (I hate pickles though). And their waffle fries are legit. Combine that with the polynesian sauce and man…I am salivating at my desk.

        • This is 100% my order ever time. Spicy chicken sandwich, no pickles, waffle fries with polynesian sauce. Are you sure you’re not me??

    • Most of the comments are just people saying they won’t eat there or complaining about other people liking chick-fil-a.

  • love me some God fearing chikin

  • My religious beliefs prevent me from eating there.

  • I’m super stoked about this.

  • I’ve never understood the slavish devotion this place generates. My own personal experience is that I know two separate people who in two different states ended up breaking a tooth on a bone that had been ground in with the meat on a CFA sandwich. I’ll pass.

  • If you go to there new Openings it says November 4th Opening Date:

  • Heh… I love that urban “progressives” love to talk tolerance, except when it comes to people’s food choices. I will be eating my bigoted rubbery MSG-filled fried chicken sandwich slathered in mayo, salty waffle fries and sugary sweet tea at least once a month. And say what you will about the company, they know how to train service workers better than anybody. I look forward to not getting the surly and unpleasant service you get at most places in DC.

    • Ah yes. The good ol’ “how dare you be intolerant of my intolerance!” argument.

    • i counter with the idea that tolerance of intolerance is not tolerance at all.

    • “I look forward to not getting the surly and unpleasant service you get at most places in DC.”
      Good luck with that. But if they do manage it I might go there for that reason alone.

      • Chik-fil-a consistently has the most pleasant and helpful service I’ve ever encountered in the fast food industry. I’m not sure if it’s because of training, employee benefits, or the work culture, but I always have an enjoyable interaction with the staff (and I’ve been to many Chik-fil-a locations up and down the east coast).

        • You sound like the Frank Sinatra character in “Manchurian candidate” talking about the Laurence Harvey character being the nicest, etc.

        • Awesome friendly service used to be 5 Guys claim to fame, too. And Potbelly’s. How’s that working out here in DC, hm?

          • Emmaleigh504

            I got awesome friendly service at the 5 Guys in CH just the other day.

          • You shoulda bought a lottery ticket.

          • justinbc

            Yeah, same could be said for almost every other Home Depot. The DC “basic labor force” tends to ruin corporate reputations.

          • Emmaleigh504

            wdc, let me rephrase that to say, I always get friendly service at that 5 Guys, the last time was just extra friendly.
            I actually rarely get bad service at FF and casual dining places. Maybe it’s b/c I greet the employees in a friendly manner?

          • I don’t know how one would notice particularly good or particularly bad service at FF and casual dining places. You interact with the cashier for all of 30 seconds. As long as they give you correct change and don’t say something rude who cares?

          • Granted, I go to the CH 5 guys only a couple times a year, but I’ve always found the service to be pretty good.

            As for potbelly, I wasn’t aware it had a rep for good service.

          • Anon, if you eat in the restaurant, staff walk the floor and offer to get drink refills, more ketchup, etc. And the folks behind the cash register are super nice–you can tell, even in 30 seconds.

        • Yup, customer service at Chick Fil A is unmatched. Half the reason I go there honestly.

        • I get consistently solid service from Potbelly, Shake Shack, and most other chains that pride themselves on good customer service.

          I think claiming there’s something about the DC labor market that is unfriendly is borderline racist, because almost all of these people are minorities, while the shining example of great customer service that will be ruined when they come to DC are generally populated by rural whites.

          Home Depot is awful in DC, but no one has ever looked forward to visiting one of their locations and their employees are well known to be terrible…

          • palisades

            You’re the one who brought race into this conversation. Think about that.

          • I spent a large part of my summer in the Midwest, where the cheap labor force consisted almost entirely of elderly people. It was depressing as hell. I’d rather see a surly teenager who can hopefully move on to better things in the future.

          • @AlwaysHere That might be one of the broadest generalizations of the Midwest I’ve ever heard. Kudos.

          • Except I wasnt. When you say “oh when this [predominantly staffed by white workers] company comes to DC [with predominantly black/hispanic fast food labor force] its going to ruin their reputation” I’d say that is leveraging tired stereotypes of angry black people/lazy and hard to understand hispanics and saying that when its staffed by white people its a better experience.

            I think saying somehow the labor force in DC is somehow inherently inferior to that of any other city is absurd. Home Depot = universally terrible. Someone said Potbelly and Five Guys came into DC and suddenly their customer service was abysmal. I’ve never heard of this reputation and I’ve always had good experiences. With so many of these things, people THINK something is better/worse because they experience it every day – but odds are DC is pretty average. A corporate culture that promotes good customer service has it here and one that doesnt do this doesnt have it here or in super white Vermont.

            The only difference between the classically good chick-fil-a workforce in the suburbs and rural areas and that of DC is the likely race of the employee.

            Perhaps its not racist, its just prejudiced against poor minorities. Does that work better?

          • justinbc

            They’re lazy because they don’t give a shit about their jobs, and are happy to let you know that. Their skin color has nothing to do with it, but if you want to make those parallels that’s on you buddy. It’s not “so and so is better there and worse because they are X”, even though they might happen to be predominantly “X”, that’s not the characteristic that makes them poor performers. If you can’t delineate these attributes it might be time to reconsider your idea of racism so that it better encompasses your own mindset.

  • Quotia Zelda

    Damn, I love those delicious homophobic sandwiches and the tasty waffle fries of hate.

  • You yankees make me laugh.

  • Well, this is probably good in the long run, as there probably wouldn’t be many other restaurants in town that would serve Kim Davis when she comes to host her inevitable “Restore Christian Imperialism!” rally next spring…. Maybe they’ll have a prison food special option that week?

    • Aargh…you beat me to it – I was just about to post something like – “I heard Kim Davis is coming into town for the Grand Opening…”

  • Anonynon

    Best thing to happen to Columbia Heights…ever actually. There I said it!

  • Love all this outrage over a fast food restaurant. One question for all the social justice warriors: how often do you pat yourself on the back every day?

    • I, for one, was just mentioning my decision to not give money to an organization who then uses it in a way I don’t support. I shared my reasons fairly calmly. Your comment is the ad hominem.
      How often do you get pissy about people’s personal decisions every day?

    • Emmaleigh504

      I don’t pat myself on the back, I give myself hugs b/c I am just that awesome.

  • If this place had the standard suburban Chick Fil A playground, i’d be there at 7am on the regular.

  • Does McDonald’s still do the southern chicken biscuit that’s basically the same thing?

  • Is there a reason why Chick-Fil-A doesn’t open many locations?
    Is that a strategy? I never understood why fast food chains don’t do what McDonalds did and open up locations all over the place and have later hours or go 24 hours.
    There are only about 3 or so Wendys in DC VERSES 1000 McDonalds
    ONE Chick Fil A that’s not even open yet and ZERO plans for other locations
    (Chinatown would be perfect for a chick fil a)
    Burger Kings are closing left and right and there is ONE bojangles in a basement of a train station.
    Just a few examples but Chick Fil A doesnt even seem to be motivated in opening a lot of locations to meet the demand.

  • Add me to the “won’t go there” line. After fat southern and midwestern Americans flooded into chik-fil-a after Fox News and Huckabee told them to, and the videos of them singing “God Bless America” as they shoveled grease into their mouths circulated the internet, I lost all taste for that dump… and YES they DO still donate to extreme right-wing organizations. “I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, “We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage”. I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about”

    • Well this is just ugly. YOU are ugly. Way to fat-shame, bitch.

      And Dan, if you think about deleting this comment and leaving Reality’s, consider what the greater affront is here.

      • It’s absolutely not fat shaming, it’s a common observation that anyone with the gift of sight can make. Go watch the youtube videos of lines of cars stretching around chik-fil-a on “chik-fil-a appreciation day” thatHuckabee organized, with people waving their arms and American flags, clapping along to God Bless America as they revel in the appearance that they “won” over the gays by having a big turn out to eat greasy food. I’m from originally Indiana, so I got a front row seat. Calm yourself and enjoy your chik-fil-a biscuit. God Bless.

  • Industrial, commodity cornish-cross chickens that are bred to live horrible factory existences fulfill their anti-gay mission to feed people. Consumer are complicit in 2 awful things.

    • You can have your open raised chicken at that chic new boutique chicken place that costs 15 dollars. I will take my factory raised chicken with the waffle fries for $7 and eat in happiness. Ignorance can be bliss.

  • In 2012, the guy admitted he made a terrible mistake involving his company in politics and has avoided giving any money since. He was as opposed to gay marriage as the president was to start that year. It confounds me why after a victory in a political fight, progressives can’t take yes for an answer. If you’re going to judge the politics of all the business owners of the spots you patronize, you should consider never going to the American south and, for the love of god, never visit a Muslim country. That’s a hate kabob you’re eating. Just judge the place on the merits of the damn sandwich and take it easy. Politics isn’t personal. This isn’t about you.

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