You would think that the Capital District was some sort of backwoods hick region, the way the populace gets so excited about the arrival of a chain store in the area. A few years ago, someone installed a Trader Joe’s on Wolf Road and people lost their shit. Then after that, we got a Sonic restaurant, and you would have thought Taylor Swift was holding a free concert on Troy-Schenectady Road with all the traffic there.
Now comes news that the Capital District is about to get its first standalone Chick-fil-A eatery. Yeah, there’s one at the airport, but you can’t even eat there unless you buy a plane ticket first. So that one doesn’t count. But there’s interest in bringing a Cick-fil-A to Clifton Park.
Now, the minute there’s news like this, two things come to mind. Chick-fil-A has its fans, who claim that chicken served from that restaurant is the best food they’ve ever consumed. And there are Chick-fil-A’s detractors, who note that the ownership donates tons of cash to organizations that denounce LGBTQIA in this country.
Well, for me, there’s a third topic for discussion.
Why do we need another fried chicken restaurant in the area? No, seriously, why do we need one?
Can one not get a decent chicken sandwich from Popeye’s?
Did KFC change their name to KF and stop selling chicken?
Is there not a plethora of tasty mom and pop chicken restaurants in the South End and on Central Avenue, with tasty, juicy fried chicken at the ready?
I mean, seriously, is there such a demand for fried chicken that we even NEED Chick-fil-A in this neighborhood?
Or is it just, “I want one here because everyone else has a Chick-fil-A and we don’t?”
Meh. If you’re really desperate for a chain restaurant to set up shop in the Capital District, then let’s get some White Castle here. Or maybe even an In-and-Out Burger. Or until those arrive, hey, here’s a novel idea, WHY NOT JUST SUPPORT THE INDIVIDUALLY OWNED CHICKEN PLACES IN THE AREA, instead of dumping your money into an organization that wouldn’t serve you a chicken sandie if they thought you were gay?
Then there are the people who cry and moan, “Oh, why can’t we get a Wawa convenience store in the area?” Dude, you’ve got Stewarts, which is 15 times better than any old Wawa. And now we’ve got 7-Eleven stores in the area, so you can get your Slurpee fix if you want to.
And don’t even get me started with those Wegmans stans. It’s a grocery store. Just like Hannaford and Price Chopper and all the rest of them. They don’t serve 15 eggs to a dozen, they don’t have chicken with extra drumsticks, it’s just a grocery store.
I know, I know. I don’t need a Chick-fil-A in the area. But that’s only because they don’t bring anything to the table that I can’t get from Colonel Sanders or from Popeye Doyle.
Your mileage may vary, but that’s your choice.
And if I’m that desperate for a Chick-fil-A sandwich … I’ll rationalize it by buying a plane ticket and eating the food at the airport. So there.