Chick-fil-A Opens in Hollywood: What The Industry Is Saying
UPDATED: The fast-food chain's outpost set up shop at Sunset and Highland Thursday.
Fast-food chicken restaurant Chick-fil-A opened its first L.A. outpost Thursday morning, and the chain, who denies reports that it is anti-gay marriage, had Hollywood's tongues wagging (and, in some cases, watering).
Neil Patrick Harris opined, "Didn't realize Chick-Fil-A was so opinionated, politically. I just thought their chicken tasted really good.
"Will the Chick-fil-a on La Brea and Sunset have perpetual lines like Pinks? If so this is Target Missoni part 2," said The Office star Mindy Kaling.
"I'm craving some Chick-Fil-A!!!! Anybody wanna go with me?" Frankie Muniz asked.
"Dudes. If I decide to eat at Chick-fil-A, I'm not supporting homophobia, I'm supporting tasty chicken. Homophobia isn't even on the menu!" said TMZ on-camera personality Mike White.
Eey the Chick-fil A is open on Hollywood! Now only if they stayed open till 2am lol! I'm on it" Omarion tweeted.
SGU Stargate Universe actor David Blue joked, "1st 100 people at the new Hollywood location get free Chick-Fil-A for a year! And then, free insulin for a year, I'd assume."
The Twitter account for the band Just Like Thieves exclaimed, "THEY OPENED A CHICK FIL A IN hollywood today!!!!!!!!! woo woo. just got done with rehearsals. set is sounding as tight as a pre schooler"
Ticketmaster Online founder Jim Goodman even got into the fray, writing, "
@domaineLA LOVE Chick-fil-a… Grew up on it in GA."
UPDATE: Following the posting of this story, Chick-fil-A sent The Hollywood Reporter this response: "At Chick-fil-A, we have a genuine commitment to hospitality for all of our guests," Donald Perry, vp of corporate public relations tells THR in a statement. "We are not anti-anybody and have no agenda, policy or position against anyone as some continue to confuse with misleading reports. We have a 65-year history of providing hospitality for all people and, as a dedicated family business, serving and valuing everyone regardless of their beliefs or opinions."
Perry adds, "We support a number of organizations that enrich the communities where we serve daily. Some of these organizations are faith-based and marriage focused and others are not. These donations have not been given to support an anti-gay political agenda."