A show of support
Normally the time around 2:30 is a slack one for the restaurant business, and certainly Chick-Fil-A is no exception on a normal day. But this was the scene outside the Salisbury restaurant this afternoon.
Yes, cars were literally lined up around the restaurant and inside you could barely find a table. This was the scene while I was waiting on my food.
Actually, the wait to order food wasn’t bad at all – it was the wait to get the food that was about 20 minutes. I asked the friendly young man who waited on me about how the day was and he said “crazy.” He was expecting a busy day, he said, but not quite like this. In listening to other people talk I heard at least one person had come from Millsboro, Delaware just to eat at the restaurant. Inside, employees were offering to refill drinks and handing out mints to those who were waiting.
Now I don’t know how the location at the Centre of Salisbury fared, but my guess is they had the same sort of business.
How was the food? I’ve always liked their waffle fries but this time I tried one of their cool wraps. Probably should have stuck with the sandwich, but next time I’ll know better. It wasn’t bad, just wasn’t all that great.
From what I’ve been able to gather, I’m not the only local person who’s provided an eyewitness report of his experience at Chick-fil-A today. But one thing about this show of support which makes it far more obvious than a boycott is the number of people who packed the parking lot and restaurant. And there wasn’t a lick of trouble or complaint from those who had to wait.
Naturally there will be some who call me a “hater” and spew nasty comments because I joined in this one-day movement, and of course this will be the sort of day which may create record business for Chick-fil-A at the expense of other restaurants. But it seems like the idea behind those who condemn the Cathy family for having Christian values and standing up for the traditional family was to shame them into conforming with their idea of “inclusion” – a idea which seems to welcome everyone but the group who still believes in the values that made our nation a “shining city on a hill.”
Unfortunately for the truly intolerant people, the show of support expressed today will likely give Chick-fil-A greater resolve than ever. Don’t back down now.