A typical opening day, according to the Atlanta corporate folks.
6 AM was much too early for me to see the providing of the food coupons to the tent city folks that gathered the day before the Grand Opening for the First 100 Promotion.
I learned that the 52 coupons given to each of the first one hundred people in line and on the property for twenty-four house before the restaurant opens are worth about $350.
A lot were local according to Tiffany Greenway, one of the corporate public relations people in Crystal Lake.
It occurs to me that this is something like the Biblical gleaning concept.
In his speech to the Grand Opening gathering, entrepreneur Ben Moore, a Sycamore resident when he was awarded the Crystal Lake franchise, originally thought the 50 minute drive would be acceptable.
But, “My goal is to be part of the community.
“We prayed a lot about it,” he said.
“The Saturday before I went for training, a guy walked up to our house and said, ‘Can I buy your house?’
“Yes, you can,” was the reply.
The family has bought a farm north of Crystal Lake.
Moore said the process of opening the restaurant took three and a half years.
Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Gary Reece praise the City management.
“They have now turned the tide and are very welcoming to business,” he said before echoing the “Eat more chicken” slogan of the firm.
Later, Moore affirmed, “Crystal Lake has been great.”
No politicians running for office attended the Grand Opening, but later in the day County Board member Diane Evertsen, who lives northwest of Woodstock, and perhaps others enjoyed a chicken sandwich.
The restaurant is open 6-10, except Sunday, when it is closed.
Just got a call from a friend:
“I’m at Chick-fil-A and I can’t get in the parking lot.
“Can’t get into drive-though because it’s too long.
“People are parking at Menard’s walking over to get their food and coming back.”