Similar to the Atlanta Falcons in the second half of Super Bowl LI, the newest Chic-Fil-A restaurant located in Mercedes-Benz Stadium will not operate on Sundays.
According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, Chic-Fil-A was happy to open a store in the new home of the Falcons, but will not make any exceptions to their six-days-a-week schedule implemented at all stores across the nation.
The company’s Christian beliefs are well known, with their policy posted all over the official Chic-Fil-A website.
‘‘Having worked seven days a week in restaurants open 24 hours, Truett saw the importance of closing on Sundays so that he and his employees could set aside one day to rest and worship if they choose – a practice we uphold today,” the site reads.
Seven of Atlanta’s eight regular season home games will be played on Sunday this season, with the exception being a Thursday night matchup against the Saints in December.
So why open a restaurant that doesn’t open on Sundays in a building that operates (for the most part) exclusively on Sundays?
Chic-Fil-A’s headquarters are located in Atlanta, and the owner reportedly wanted to make his mark on the new stadium.
There will also be various events such as concerts, college football games, and soccer games every once and a while, but nothing on a remotely consistent basis.
But what if you’re craving a chicken sandwich during a Sunday game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium? Former ‘‘Top Chef’’ contestant Kevin Gillespie has you covered.
Gillespie will be selling a sandwich called the COS (closed on Sunday) at a food stand in the concourse.
Regardless, the popular chicken sandwich restaurant chain has closed its doors on Sundays since 1946, and they sure aren’t changing the rules for a fancy-schmancy NFL stadium.