I knew it would arrive at some point. The Capital District has suffered from generification for decades – when the locals go crazy for the first appearance of a national chain store or restaurant at the expense of local product. I still remember the crazy-long lines along Route 7 in Latham when the first Sonic Drive-In appeared. I remember the crazy hype when the first local Trader Joe’s appeared on Wolf Road. And don’t even get me started on all the Wegmans stans who, if someone told them a new Wegmans was to be constructed on the site of Central Warehouse, would show up with pickaxes and bulldozers to assist in Central Warehouse’s demolition.
I say this because, apparently, the chicken restaurant Chick-fil-A is now building brick-and-mortar locations in the Capital District. One in Clifton Park, and apparently two in North Greenbush.
Whoop dee doo. Be still my beating heart. </sarcasm>
I’ve heard the stories for years. “Oh, Chick-fil-A has the best fast food chicken you’ll ever eat. It’s bett4er than KFC and Popeye’s. We gotta go there and eat three times a day.”
No we don’t. Or at least no, I don’t.
Let me explain. I have principles when it comes to purchasing certain products. I would rather support local businesses when available and when possible before I toss my money to a conglomerate. Do I eat at McDonald’s? Yes. But I also eat at Gus’s Hot Dogs in Watervliet. Do I eat at Subway? I do. But I also have subs from Mr. Subb, the local chain.
Same thing with chicken. I’ll eat at KFC. I’ll eat at Popeye’s. But I’m more likely to go to the local inner-city chicken shack and get some super-crispy deep-fried breasts and thighs. And they taste delicious. And the money I spend goes right back into the local business. Plus, neither KFC nor Popeye’s offer Italian Cheeseburgers, which are available at most Albany independent chicken shacks.
This brings me to Chick-fil-A. Chick-fil-A has a very strong religious push to their organization. They’ve donated more than $5 million of their profits to organizations that oppose same-sex marriage, donating through a charitable organization called WinShape, which is owned by one of members of Chick-fil-A’s founding family. WinShape funnels that money to organizations like Eagle Forum, Focus on the Family and other anti-LGBTQ organizations.
I’m sorry, but your chicken’s not delicious enough for me to support that. No way. No how.
So don’t expect me to set foot in a Chick-fil-A. Don’t expect me to buy anything there. It’s not worth my time or effort.
Besides, I prefer eating fried chicken on Sundays.
A day when Chick-fil-A isn’t even open.
But the mom-and-pop chicken shacks – they’re open on Sundays. And their chicken is homophobia-free. Just sayin’ is all.