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Chick-Fil-A Serves Up First Meals At Danbury Fair Mall

Rich Beattie, owner/operator of the new Chick-fil-A at the Danbury Fair Mall, holds a ribbon-cutting ceremony flanked by Mayor Mark Boughton and the fast-food restaurant's mascot cow. Photo Credit: Contributed
The group of people who waited in live overnight in the parking lot - and in the rain - make their way into the Danbury Fair Mall on Thursday morning to claim their free meals for a year. Photo Credit: Contributed
The food winners make their way through the Danbury Fair Mall. Photo Credit: Contributed
Owner/operator Rich Beattie congratulates the winners of the cards worth a free meal a week for the next year. Photo Credit: Contributed
A giant inflatable mascot cow bearing the sign 'Eat Mor Chikin' is decorating the parking lot at the Danbury Fair Mall. Photo Credit: Contributed
Fans of Chick-Fil-A huddle under a heated tent overnight for a chance to win free food for a year. Everyone who spent the night was a winner. Photo Credit: Contributed

DANBURY, Conn. -- A line of 100 people marched out of the rain and into the Danbury Fair Mall on Thursday morning to greet the opening of the new Chick-fil-A -- and to claim their prize of free food for a year from the new fast-food restaurant.

The new Chick-fil-A, which now has three brand-new outlets in Connecticut, is located in the second-floor food court of the Danbury Fair Mall. The restaurant created 35 new jobs.

As part of the grand opening ceremonies, Chick-Fil-A awarded cards worth a free meal a week for a year to the first 100 customers in line. Most of the 100 had spent the previous 24 hours camped out in the mall's parking lot , and had marched through the rain into the mall as part of the grand opening tradition at Chick-Fil-A.

The restaurant will be open Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. offering a limited breakfast menu including Chick-fil-A’s Chick-n-Minis, multigrain oatmeal, yogurt parfaits and fresh fruit cups until 10:30 a.m. The chain’s full lunch/dinner menu will be available at the Danbury Fair Mall location. Like all Chick-fil-A restaurants, it will be closed on Sunday.

“Personalized customer service and freshly prepared food have been the hallmarks of Chick-fil-A since the day founder S. Truett Cathy opened his first restaurant,” said Rich Beattie, owner/operator of the new Chick-fil-A in Danbury.

“My team members and I couldn’t be more honored and excited to continue that legacy with our customers in Danbury and throughout Connecticut.”

Another Chick-fil-A also opened Thursday in Wallingford. The first one in Connecticut opened last month in nearby Brookfield. Another restaurant is slated for Enfield in early 2015.

For more information on the new Danbury Fair Mall Chick-fil-A restaurant, visit its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CFAdanbury .

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