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Known for its Southern hospitality, Christian values, and – of course – delicious fried chicken, Chick-fil-A is on its way to becoming one of the largest fast food restaurants in America. But how much do you know about the home of the Original Chicken Sandwich, other than that they’re closed on Sundays?

Here are four facts about Chick-fil-A that will make you love it even more!

1. It started out as The Dwarf Grill

Like all great restaurants, Chick-fil-A has a humble origin story. The company started out in 1946 as a diner in Hapeville, Ga., called The Dwarf Grill. The name was later changed to Dwarf House, which ultimately became its own chain. In fact, 11 Chick-fil-A Dwarf Houses still exist today in the Metro Atlanta area.

Also, did you know the modern Chick-fil-A logo has a name? It’s called “Doodle.”

2. They pioneered boneless fried chicken

Fried chicken is a dime-a-dozen in the South, but Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy was one of the first to experiment with frying boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the traditional fried-chicken style. By the 1960s, he’d perfected his recipe with a pressure fryer and opened the first official Chick-fil-A restaurant in the Greenbriar Mall in Atlanta. The first standalone Chick-fil-A restaurant opened in 1986 on North Druid Hills Road in Atlanta. That location is still open today.

3. Fantastic franchising

One of the many reasons Chick-fil-A is booming is its unique franchising model. While most fast food franchise owners need to fork over millions to open a new location, opening a Chick-fil-A store only costs $10,000. Furthermore, they don’t require applicants to meet a minimum net worth or amount of assets.

But if you’re suddenly thinking about quitting your job to open a Chick-fil-A, be warned: due to the inexpensive opening cost, thousands of people apply every year, but only about 5 percent of applicants are approved.

That being said, be on the lookout for new locations. The first 100 customers at any new location are awarded free Chick-fil-A for a year.

4. “Closed Sunday” is a “counterculture statement”

As stated at the outset of this article, everyone knows that Chick-fil-A is closed on Sundays (and, ironically, it’s the day you’re most likely to crave Chick-fil-A). Founder Truett Cathy made sure not to lose sight of the importance of faith and family, and the “Closed Sunday” proclamation on Chick-fil-A stores has been called a “counterculture statement” in a world that largely ignores God.

“Truett Cathy demonstrated that the lordship of Christ is about the whole of life,” said Russell Moore, the president of Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. “He modeled integrity, hard work and compassion. The ‘closed on Sundays’ sign on his stores is a countercultural statement that man does not live by bread alone, and there is more to life than a bottom line.”

What a powerful – not to mention delicious – statement of faith.

Source: Liftable

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