Chick-Fil-A chain opens location in fancy downtown Dallas building
The Chick-Fil-A chain has opened a new location in Dallas, which ordinarily would not seem all that surprising, as the Georgia-based chain has more than 2,900 locations across the U.S. including 140 in Dallas-Fort Worth.
But this one is in downtown Dallas, on the ground floor of The National, the high-profile 50-story high rise at 1401 Elm St. on the corner of Akard, la-dee-da.
Owned by Dallas-based Todd Interests, The National is home to six other restaurants and bars that include Monarch, Kessaku, Nine at The National, Catbird, and White Rhino.
This new Chick-Fil-A has to be among the fanciest of its kind, with luxe interiors that match the ultra-fancy The National, including fresh floral arrangements throughout by The Botanical Mix, The National’s in-house florist.
The location is owned by franchisee Joshua Calva, who'll oversee day-to-day activities, including employing approximately 50 full- and part-time staffers and cultivating relationships with local organizations and businesses.
What he won't oversee is a drive-thru lane, since this location will not have one - unusual since much of Chick-Fil-A's business at suburban locations is via drive-thru. Don't even go near a Frisco location at dinnertime unless you're craving a traffic jam, just don't do it, OK.
Calva is familiar with the downtown Dallas community, as he previously served 10 years as the Operator for Chick-fil-A Renaissance Tower, which one can glean from the following quote is now closed.
"I am excited to open and operate Chick-fil-A’s only downtown Dallas location," Calva says. "Being on the ground floor of an historic building like The National is an incredible honor. This new restaurant presents a tremendous opportunity, and we will be uniquely positioned to serve nearby residents, visitors from out of town and daily commuters."