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Brooklyn’s first Chick-fil-A to open near Barclays Center

August 17, 2018 By Sara Bosworth Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Chick-fil-A, the controversial fried-chicken chain, is soon to set up shop in Brooklyn, continuing its rapid spread through New York City.

The restaurant has opened six locations in just three years across the city, with five locations in Manhattan and one in Queens, but this will be its first foray into Brooklyn.

When Chick-fil-A first came to New York in 2015, the chain was still haunted by controversy following reports of its opposition to same-sex marriage. Soon after, company president and COO Dan Cathy made comments both on a radio talk show and in an interview with Biblical Recorder about the brand’s commitment to “the biblical definition of the family unit.” The LGBT-advocacy group Equality Matters reported that the company had donated nearly $2 million to anti-gay groups through its charitable arm WinShape.

Backlash broke out, including petitions on many college campuses — where Chick-fil-A had a presence — urging their administrations to expel the chain from the school. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at the time that he would not support an attempt to ban Chick-fil-A from New York because though he did not agree with Cathy’s politics, it would be “inappropriate” for a city government to use someone’s political views to prohibit them from operating a business.

The Brooklyn location will open at 166 Flatbush Ave. across from Barclays Center, according to The Real Deal.

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