Chick-fil-A Expects Soon-Opening Grand Central Store to Be Its Busiest Ever


Controversial fast-food chicken chain Chick-fil-A is set to open its third Manhattan location near Grand Central, anticipating it to be its busiest location ever. Come March 1, at the corner of East 42nd Street and Madison Avenue, the store will debut with two floors spread across 6,200 square feet, Buzzfeed reports.

Chick-fil-A first descended on Manhattan in 2015 to massive hype and very long lines, prompting it to quickly open its second Midtown location the following year. This new Grand Central location will be its third standalone restaurant in the borough, and it’s expected to become the busiest Chick-fil-A in the country — even despite backlash to Chick-fil-A president and COO Dan Cathy’s frequent anti-LGBT comments.

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Alex Atala Is Opening a Hotel in São Paulo


GettyImages_912418746.0.jpgAfter running four restaurants in São Paulo — among them his acclaimed Michelin-awarded restaurant D.O.M. and his latest, Bio — Brazilian food evangelist Alex Atala is tackling his biggest project yet: a 35-floor hotel. Like his most famous restaurant, the hotel will be called D.O.M.

Scheduled to open in São Paulo’s scenic Jardins neighborhood in 2021, hotel D.O.M. will feature multiple restaurants and food service from Atala’s team. The Chef’s Table star is still figuring out the details of what, exactly, that will look like.

“I have not yet decided whether to move D.O.M. and Dalva e Dito there, but this will very likely happen,” he says. The two restaurants — his fine dining crown jewel and a more casual spot, respectively — are currently located less than a half mile away from the future hotel property. ”What we do know is that we will have at least five food operations in the hotel, in addition to managing the entire room service for our guests, such as breakfast and catering for events.”

Days after his first-ever Fruto symposium — which will return in 2019 — Atala talked about the hotel, his ideas for a new book, and why he doesn’t plan on opening any new restaurants in 2018 — at least for now.

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