New York City’s first Chick-Fil-A in Herald Square generated more hype than a Bieber track before its opening on October 3rd. The lines barely shortened in the three months since it opened, often stretching an entire NYC block and requiring Chick-Fil-A employees present to keep the line somewhat organized.
But as my most recent fortune cookie read, “Everything that glitters isn’t gold.” Even delicious fast food chains.
According to Gothamist, Chick-Fil-A was forced to close its doors until January 4th after a Christmas Eve inspection by the Department of Health uncovered a plethora of critical violations–namely food being held at inappropriate temperatures, filth flies, food not protected from contamination, and utilized soiled wiping cloths, just to name a few.
An ungraded inspection of the restaurant earlier in the month resulted in 39 violation points. The graded inspection on Christmas Eve, just 10 days later, garnered 59 violation points–indicating that it’s gotten worse.
“We look forward to serving our guests breakfast on Jan. 4th at 6:30 a.m.,” says a sign posted by the “Grade Pending” notice on the door.
Will this keep me from eating Chick-Fil-A? Did learning that the restaurant’s CEO loathes gay people with the passion of 1,000 suns stop me from inhaling a crispy chicken sandwich, waffle fries, and an oreo shake? Well, there’s your answer.
There’s no room for integrity in fast food–whether it be provider or consumer.