Don't get too excited about that "Chick-fil-A" sign in Sanborn.
The mysterious sign, which appeared a few days ago on Saunders Settlement Road near Niagara County Community College, is very real. But Chick-fil-A did not put it there.
That doesn't mean chicken fans should despair.
Chick-fil-A is coming, and coming soon, just like the sign says. But it's coming to Cheektowaga instead.
The first Chick-fil-A will be located at 1753 Walden Ave., at the site of the recently closed Famous Dave's barbecue restaurant, according to a real estate and a Chick-fil-A source. One source said the restaurant is expected to open in September, but that date could change.
There's no public record of a deal on the Walden Avenue property. It is still owned by a Wisconsin-based limited liability company that has owned the land since it was a Famous Dave's.
The Chick-fil-A chain has been scouting locations in the Buffalo Niagara market for more than a year. A second site is likely to be on Transit Road near Maple Road in Amherst, a real estate source said.
Chicken fans in Niagara County, take heart. The Georgia-based company has looked seriously at property near the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, the source said.
When asked about the sign and the specific locations, Chick-fil-A reiterated the same statement it has given in the past.
"We are always evaluating potential new locations in the hopes of serving new customers great food with remarkable service," said Jackie Jags, a spokeswoman for Chick-fil-A. "We are actively pursuing sites in the Buffalo area but do not currently have any locations to confirm."
Chick-fil-A has not filed plans with the Town of Cheektowaga to build a restaurant, said Rick Coburn, the town’s supervising code enforcement officer.
There's no word who erected the Niagara County sign or why. Deal Realty, which also has a sign on the same property, did not return a call for comment.
Don't get too excited, guys. Real sign, probably not real location. Will let you know when I have someone who can go on the record... pic.twitter.com/X9kiL4HVG8
— Samantha Christmann (@DiscountDivaSam) May 28, 2017
Western New Yorkers have been eagerly waiting for their own Chick-fil-A location ever since the popular eatery began creeping closer with restaurants in Albany, Plattsburgh, Cicero and Greece.