Fans of Chick-fil-A restaurants know that the popular chicken eatery is not open on Sundays, a fact ingrained in the company policy since its opening in 1946.
But a new bill filed by a Democrat in the New York State Assembly is looking to change that, with a measure requiring food vendors at highway rest stops to be open every day, directly impacting Chick-fil-A’s policy.
Food vendors with locations at rest stops owned by the New York State Thruway Authority would be required to remain open, and the popular chicken chain currently operates seven locations out of the Thruway’s 27 rest stops.
“The New York State Thruway Authority’s Service Area Redesign and Redevelopment Project is currently rebuilding the 27 service areas along the Thruway through a public-private partnership. The travelling public and commercial trucking industry rely on these service areas to rest, refuel and to purchase food and beverages,” the bill, sponsored by Democrat Assemblyman Tony Simone, reads.
Chick-Fil-A, every day?
A proposed New York bill is calling out rest stop Chick-fil-As for remaining closed on Sundays, saying every restaurant at travel rest stops should be open seven days a week.
— NewsNation (@NewsNation) December 19, 2023
“While there is nothing objectionable about a fast-food restaurant closing on a particular day of the week, service areas dedicated to travelers is an inappropriate location for such a restaurant,” the bill’ reads. “Publicly owned service areas should use their space to maximally benefit the public. Allowing for retail space to go unused one seventh of the week or more is a disservice and unnecessary inconvenience to travelers who rely on these service areas.”
“This legislation will ensure that all future contracts for food concessions at transportation facilities owned by the Thruway Authority, as well as the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, will be required to operate seven days a week, with an exclusion to temporary concessions such as farmers markets or local vendors.,” it concludes.
There was a bill introduced in New York that would require restaurants in certain publicly owned facilities to stay open all seven days of the week, specifically naming the Chick-fil-A policy to close on Sundays. pic.twitter.com/WmlQXbPUjp
— Ben Zeisloft (@BenZeisloft) December 19, 2023
The Democrat who sponsored the bill cited “the public good” in justifying the need to force Chick-fil-A to alter its long-standing policy.
“You know, we get hungry when we’re traveling. We may not like our brother-in-law or sister-in-law’s cooking and wanna get a snack on Christmas Eve,” Simone told Nexstar’s WTEN. “To find one of the restaurants closed on the Thruway is just not in the public good.”
“Well, the Thruways are meant to serve New York travelers first,” Simone said. “And I think it’s ridiculous that you’re able to close on Sunday — one of the busiest travel days of the week.”
It makes no sense for restaurants at rest stops to be closed on one of the busiest travel days of the week, but Chick-Fil-A has been allowed to limit their service to travelers in their contract with the NYS Thruway Authority. My bill with @MichelleHinchey will change that ⬇️ https://t.co/wylwYiXURY
— Tony Simone (@tonysimone) December 18, 2023
According to the language of the bill, the new measure would only affect “future” vendors and WTEN noted that a Thruway official said Chick-fil-A already had a 33-year contract signed with the highway system.
According to the company website, “Our founder S. Truett Cathy made the decision to close on Sundays in 1946 when he opened his first restaurant in Hapeville, Georgia. Having worked seven days a week in restaurants open 24 hours, Truett saw the importance of closing on Sundays so that he and his employees could set aside one day to rest or worship if they choose, a practice we uphold today.”
The proposal was torched on social media where fiery reactions poured in.
Chick-Fil-A and Truway signed a lease, with the understanding that they would be closed on Sunday. If New York passes a law that now requires they open on Sunday, it would invalidate the lease. Chick-fil-A could then legally abandon the location and sue New York for loss of… pic.twitter.com/aOHAzRqpf2
— Sarah Fields (@SarahisCensored) December 21, 2023
Liberals hate Christianity so much they want to make it illegal for Chik-fil-A to be closed on Sundays to provide employees a day of rest. https://t.co/TSzijjwK2g
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) December 19, 2023
WTH IS WRONG WITH NEW YORK?
WHAT MAKES THEM THINK THEY CAN SET THE HOURS FOR A PRIVATE BUSINESS?
New bill would require Chick-fil-A to be open on Sundays https://t.co/Cx4aqgPm99
— NahBabyNah (@NahBabyNah) December 20, 2023
So lawmakers that don’t work on Sunday making big wages and kickbacks tell a Christian organization they have to make their minimum wage staff work on Sunday? Time to close shop in NY and add stores to states that support them.
— Benjamin Hinson (@BenjaminHinson9) December 20, 2023