16 Things You Didn’t Know About Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A has warmed hearts and stomachs since 1946. It’s a chain that prides itself on respectful employees and family values, which is part of the reason why they’re closed on Sundays. It’s hard to deny that Chick-fil-A has generally remained scandal-free when it comes to health codes and food preparation and not to mention, they’re serving some of the best real sweet tea from a restaurant chain right now.

Chick-fil-A is one of the most reliable and trustworthy fast food restaurants out there, so follow along.

1. It was founded by Truett Cathy in Atlanta, Georgia and was known as the Dwarf House.

2. Cathy invented a pressure fryer and began producing what would become their famous chicken sandwiches since their production time rivaled that of the hamburger model.

Eyeing the bacon. #GrilledChickenClubSandwich #Regram: @lainct

A photo posted by Chick-fil-A, Inc. (@chickfila) on

3. The first Chick-fil-A was opened officially in 1967 in the Georgia Greenbriar Mall in a suburb of Atlanta.

4. Every year when you show up in full cow costume in Cow Appreciation Day,  you can get a free meal of your choice at Chick-fil-A.  Now on the unfortunate hand that you do not have a full costume but can put together a hat or a t-shirt that’s cow inspired, then you can get an entree of your choice.

Your favorite meal is only a few taps away. #MobileOrder #CFAOne

A photo posted by Chick-fil-A, Inc. (@chickfila) on

5. The event recently switched to Tuesdays instead of Fridays to better accommodate the restaurant and guests. In 2017, Cow Appreciation Day is on July 14.

6. Every Tuesday from 5:30pm – 7:30pm, children under the age of 12 can eat for free. Not all locations participate, but it just takes a phone call to find out.

7. The Chick-n-Minis masterpiece can turn into mini chicken hashbrown biscuits by ordering chick-n-minis, hash browns, and your favorite sauce. Open the chick-n-minis biscuit, dip one hashbrown in your favorite sauce, and stack. Enjoy!

All in for lunch. #? #Regram: @ShaNamigans

A photo posted by Chick-fil-A, Inc. (@chickfila) on

8. Chick-fil-A is a southern Staple and until last October had never operated in America’s biggest and most famous city: New York City.

9. The bright lights and lack of sleep finally got their flavor of the South and haven’t looked back since. They now have multiple locations throughout NYC’s five boroughs.

10. It only costs $10,000 to open your own Chick-fil-A. The catch? Chick-fil-A puts their franchise applicants through a pretty strenuous application.

Warmer weather and cooler coffee. #Spring #IcedCoffee #GoodMornings

A photo posted by Chick-fil-A, Inc. (@chickfila) on

11. While thousands and thousands of people apply every year, only about 5 percent of applications are accepted.

12. Once you’re in, you have to grind in your restaurant and be a key part of the team. Believe me, my cousin owns two locations and has been featured by the company. For more information about getting your own franchise.

13. Earlier in 2016, Chick-fil-A debuted their app which allows its users to order ahead as well as pay with the app. During its launch, a free Chick-fil-A sandwich was offered.

14. Chick-fil-A replaced its coleslaw, a 49-year-old menu staple, with the healthier option of a kale and broccolini salad.

#GrilledChickenCoolWrap unwrapped. #HappilyHandcrafted #Regram: @chickfilawardparkway

A photo posted by Chick-fil-A, Inc. (@chickfila) on

15. The chain offers the first 100 customers to any new location free Chick-fil-A for a year. How long would you camp out for a chance at free nuggets and chicken sandwiches for a year.

16. If you didn’t know Chick-fil-A was closed on Sundays, then you haven’t had a craving for the lovely sandwich. If you’re like me then you usually crave the sandwich … on Sundays. The closing on Sunday is due to respect for family time as well as religious activities and is a true time-honored tradition that’s held since Mr. Cathy himself began this amazing endeavor.

Read More: North Carolina KFC Accepts a 30-Year-Old Coupon from 1986