Chick-Fil-A: A look to the Past


Lilly Crew, Journalist

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Originally founded with the name “Dwarf House”, the restaurant we know as Chick-Fil-A opened its doors in 1946. It was eventually rebranded with today’s instantly recognizable name “Chick-Fil-A” in 1967. The chicken sandwich chain was founded by S. Truett Cathy, a Georgian southern baptist. Many of his religious values are in effect in his restaurants today.
A policy that is widely known to all Chick-Fil-A fanatics is their all-day closure on Sundays. Cathy made this business decision because he believed his employees should have an equal opportunity to attend church and spend time with their families. He spoke on the matter in an interview with Business Insider,
“My brother Ben and I closed our first restaurant on the first Sunday after we opened in 1946, and my children have committed to closing our restaurants on Sundays long after I’m gone. I believe God honors our decision and sets before us unexpected opportunities to do greater work for Him because of our loyalty” said Cathy.
The first Chick-Fil-A site was opened in 1967, located in the food court of the Greenbriar Mall, in a suburb of Atlanta. In the decades that followed, locations began to pop up in suburban mall food courts. A little known fact about the chain is the name of their company logo and previous mascot, “Doodles”, the chicken. It wasn’t until 1995 that the more commonly known “Eat mor Chikin” motto was born.
Cathy passed away in September of 2014 at the age of 93. He left the chicken sandwich dynasty to his three children, Dan, Trudy, and Donald. Dan Cathy is currently the chain’s CEO,


The Lord has never spoken to me, but I feel Chick-fil-A has been His gift”

— D. Cathy