Chik-fil-A is a fast food company that has been in action in the United States since the first beginnings of its famous chicken sandwich recipe created by S. Truett Cathy in the 1940s. The restaurant has gained a lot of customers and traction since its first location opened, and has now spread out to much of the country.
Famous for its chicken recipe, which is used for multiple different chicken-based recipes, Chik-fil-A has plenty of reasons to be liked by its customers and fans. But there are a lot of interesting things most people don’t know about the history and growth of this company. Here are some interesting facts about Chik-fil-A you most likely don’t know, whether you’ve been there before or not.
If you happen to live near a Dwarf House restaurant, you’re pretty lucky. There are a small handful of these little places in the country. However, this was where the recipe that started Chik-fil-A began. Dwarf House was opened by the same person that founded Chik-fil-A in Georgia in the 1940s. They more focus on burgers and steak, but it was where Chik-fil-A’s idea began and Chik-fil-A often still pays homage to the restaurant that started it all.
A chicken sandwich was actually a pretty new idea, especially to fast food and other restaurants, when Chik-fil-A’s founder first started making them before and during the opening of the first ever Chik-fil-A in 1967. It started by chance, a local supplier had too many chicken breasts and Chik-fil-A’s founder thought up the idea of a chicken sandwich to use some of the excess meat. This then turned into the recipe and popularity that took Chik-fil-A to fame.
Chik-fil-A has gotten its fair share of success in many of the United States’ regions, but there are still a few states that haven’t gotten one yet. Those three states are Vermont, Hawaii, and Alaska. Two of which may be a little obvious as to why there hasn’t been a Chik-fil-A expansion to yet, since they are a little ways away. But it’s certainly interesting Vermont hasn’t gotten a Chik-fil-A restaurant of its own yet.
Since Chik-fil-A sells a lot of food and drinks, it’s a bit obvious they’d have to be major purchasers of certain ingredients. Among the list, Chik-fil-A is one of the largest buyers of Sunkist lemons and of peanut oil. Chik-fil-A sells record amounts of lemonade in the country, and peanut oil is a big part of creating their signature chicken sandwich. Both of these are so heavily needed for the franchises that Chik-fil-A has become the country’s biggest buyer.
Taking some time to learn something new about famous parts of the country like fast food chains that are heavily popularized, famous places, travel destinations, or any other thing you like to learn more about can be a perfect way to pass some free time. Chik-fil-A is a part of many people’s lives in the country, whether just knowing it exists or a more substantial impact like being a staple in their diets or an employer.
As with many other important restaurants, Chik-fil-A has tons of interesting historical facts and tidbits about its uprise since the first opening in the 1900s. And even more interesting facts are hidden in the history of Chik-fil-A when you look for them, but these are a great start for any curious minds to think about.