Chick-Fil-A Making Play for Tenleytown
Rumors that another fast food chain is planning to set up shop in Tenleytown appear to be true. Chick-fil-A has filed for a construction permit with the District Department of Transportation for the former Payless ShoeSource storefront at 4505 Wisconsin Avenue.
Locals were abuzz this spring when word first circulated that the chain famous for chicken sandwiches, waffle fries, and conservative politics planned to open in the neighborhood. And the reaction was less than favorable. Comments on the local listserv ranged from “It is unfortunate that such an offensive fast food restaurant has come to our neighborhood.” to “I don’t like the idea of another unhealthy and unattractive option in Tenleytown.”
Tenleytown, D.C. contacted Chick-fil-A in April when the rumors first appeared. At the time, the company’s public relations department would only confirm plans for a restaurant opening in the DC USA Shopping Center, saying there were “no additional locations that can be communicated and confirmed at this time.” A follow up inquiry this month garnered no further details.
Chick-fil-A would only reconfirm the opening of its first stand-alone D.C. location on Wednesday, November 4 in Columbia Heights. However, with the filing of permit applications for Tenleytown, as well as design plans for another Chick-fil-A location in Van Ness, it would seem the proverbial cat – er chicken – is out of the bag. While clearly nothing is final until plans and permits are approved and an opening date is set, it’s safe to say Chick-fil-A has set its sights on upper Northwest.
A Tenleytown Chick-fil-A would join national chains Panera Bread, Starbucks, Domino’s Pizza, and Robeks on the 4500 block of Wisconsin Avenue, as well as Guapo’s Restaurant, Angelico Pizzeria, and Crisp & Juicy. American Valet dry cleaners, Tenley Liquor, Mattress Discounters, and CVS are the only remaining retail establishments on the block.
image credit: Chick-fil-A by flickr user Mike Mozart