An old Chick-fil-A location has a new look, and the restaurant is almost ready to open to the public. And it’s doing so with a major promotion. The Chick-fil-A at 10901 Research Blvd. (at Braker Lane), which opened 15 years ago, was recently demolished and rebuilt. It will re-open on August 12 with twice the inside dining space and three drive-thru lanes.
To celebrate its grand re-opening, the restaurant will give away free meals for a year to the first 100 people in line. Of course, as with such giveaways, there are some caveats. The first 100 people in line will get a gift card loaded with 52 free Chick-fil-A meals. Contestants must be in line by 6 a.m. on August 12, and can’t arrive more than 24 hours in advance of that time. If more than 100 people are in line by 6 a.m., there will be a drawing to select the winners. Furthermore, the winners must have proof of residence in a select group of zip codes located near the restaurant. You can see the complete rules for the promotion on Chick-fil-A’s website.
An impressive note about the restaurant’s closure and re-open, franchise owner Jeff Glover paid all 50 of his team members while the restaurant was being rebuilt. Glover, who started with the company as a team member, did not want to lose any of his employees (many of whom have worked at the restaurant for 10-15 years) during the work stoppage. In addition to paying his employees, Glover announced he will give them a $1/hour cost-of-living increase when the restaurant reopens. The larger operation also means Glover has hired 20 additional team members.
The vintage-inspired interior of the soon-to-reopen restaurant features reclaimed timber and custom features such light fixtures made from recycled Coca-Cola bottles and peach baskets. The restaurant is also the first Chick-fil-A in Austin built to LEED certification standards.