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Rochester developer Robert C. Morgan has sold the Cheektowaga property containing the area's first Chick-fil-A restaurant, reaping $2.825 million in cash from the deal. Morgan — through Morgan Cheektowaga LLC — sold the restaurant at 1753 Walden Ave. to Bruce 5 LLC, which is controlled by Bernadette O'Connor of Long Island City in Queens. Located just west of the Wal…

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Plans to open a Chick-fil-A at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport have been canceled, Assemblyman Sean Ryan said Friday. Chick-fil-A had been announced as the anchor to an entirely new restaurant area in the airport, where concessionaire Delaware North is aiming for a new look. "A publicly financed facility like the Buffalo Niagara International Airport is not…

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It's not your normal chicken sandwich (at least not judging by the lines). They're definitely not your normal bumper cars, either. But if you like Chick-fil-A, or if the idea of driving crazily on ice is appealing to you, then 2018 was a good year to be a Buffalonian. The last 12 months have seen popular television personalities leave the Buffalo airwaves and local lege…

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Chick-fil-A is here. More than 100 Western New Yorkers got their day started at the area's first Chick-fil-A Thursday morning, as the Walden Avenue fast-food restaurant was greeted with a line out the door as well as a lengthy stream of cars at the drive-thru. "The people who invented the chicken sandwich, finally came to the city that invented the chicken wing," sai…

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Come Thursday morning, there will be two camps of people: those thrilled that Chick-fil-A has opened its first restaurant in Western New York and those who vow to boycott it. One thing is for sure: If Chick-fil-A is not in the mouths of Western New Yorkers Thursday — it will be on their lips. Hundreds of people are expected to line up for its 6:30 a.m. opening, traff…

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Restaurants around the world tout special sauces with secret recipes that are never written down, but instead passed along verbally so they cannot be stolen. Not so with Chick-fil-A, which opens its first Buffalo-area location Thursday at 1753 Walden Ave. in Cheektowaga. The national chain is happy to inform fast-food eaters how to roughly replicate its uber-popular sau…

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Chick-fil-A will open its first Buffalo-area location Thursday, when a franchise at 1753 Walden Ave. in Cheektowaga opens its doors. If you plan to go, here are some thoughts to keep in mind: 1. Expect massive lines, but they'll eventually move quickly. After several visits to the Erie, Pa. Chick-fil-A location, there's almost always been a zigzagging line of roughly…

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As food editor for The Buffalo News, it is my job to explore significant developments in the local food landscape. Whether I want to or not. So when my boss told me to get in a car and go find out why a surprisingly robust segment of the population was devouring stories about the pending arrival of Chick-fil-A, I stowed my monocle and silk cravat and got ready to eat so…

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Plans for a second Chick-fil-A franchise in Cheektowaga have been proposed, Cheektowaga Town Supervisor Diane Benczkowski announced in an email Friday. She said a developer has submitted plans to the town's Building Department to build a Chick-fil-A on the corner of Transit Road and Losson Road in front of the Wegmans plaza. What would be the region's first Chick-fil…

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I finally tried Chick-fil-A, guys. I was driving through Erie, Pa., on my way home from an assignment in Cleveland and just had to see what all the fuss was about. Long story short: It was good. It was very good. Would I drive 190 miles round trip for it like some diehard Buffalo fans are known to do on occasion? No. But I also haven’t driven to Columbus, Ohio, si…

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The rumors that Buffalo may get a Chick-fil-A are getting louder, helped along by a hoaxed graphic circulating online.The graphic lists locations and opening dates for future Chick-fil-A restaurants in Amherst, Cheektowaga and Orchard Park, but the company denies the rumors.Chick-fil-A said that, while it’s always evaluating new markets, Buffalo Niagara isn’t on the books …