And the company's first restaurant primarily sold beef — not chicken!
Chick-fil-A. Don't you love how the catchy moniker glides off your tongue? Well, that ever-present staple in our mental lunchtime banter of should we or shouldn't we actually came to be under an entirely different name.
As a recent piece on Business Insider explains, "[t]he restaurant was originally named the Dwarf House." You see, Chick-fil-A founder, Truett Cathy, launched the company that would become Chick-fil-A with one restaurant in Hapeville, Georgia in 1946. First called the Dwarf Grill (it was later renamed to Dwarf House), the restaurant was mostly hamburgers and steaks.
It was at Dwarf House that Cathy debuted one of America's first chicken sandwiches. "It was here he invented (and his customers taste-tested) what would become the classic Chick-fil-A Sandwich fans enjoy in more than 2,000 restaurants and 43 states today," a post on Chick-fil-A's blog, The Chicken Wire, reads. The first Chick-fil-A opened its doors in Atlanta in 1967, more than 20 years after the Dwarf House first started greeting guests.
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