In certain parts of the country, fried chicken sandwiches are synonymous with Chick-fil-A.
In recent years, the sandwich that put the chain on the map has been joined by wraps, salads, and breakfast items, but that no-frills fried chicken sandwich with dill pickle chips has become a hallmark of American casual cuisine.
Whether youre a loyal devotee or someone who isn’t too keen on waffle fries, we bet there are some things you didnt know about this legendary institution.
1. It started as a restaurant called Dwarf Grill.
Thats the name of the restaurant that S. Truett Cathy opened in 1946 in Hapeville, Georgia. The name was later changed to Dwarf House.
2. It may just owe its early success to Ford.
Dwarf Grill was located very close to the Ford Motor Companys since-demolished Atlanta assembly plant, and many of the restaurants early customers worked at the factory. This built-in clientele helped keep the restaurant afloat.
3. It didn’t offer its signature sandwich until 15 years after opening.
It wasnt until 1961, after 15 years of running Dwarf House, that Cathy happened upon the pressure fryer that would allow him to branch off and start Chick-fil-A. And it wasnt until 1967, six years after that, that the first Chick-fil-A opened. Nobody ever said recipe and concept development were easy things to do!