Chick-fil-A Port Jefferson a Hit

A fast food joint got the Black Friday treatment this week. About 100 people camped outside Chick-fil-A Port Jefferson Station Tuesday night into Wednesday morning to be the first to enter the chain’s Long Island location when it opened Wednesday at 6am.

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Campers were treated to free breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks on Tuesday, and the first 100 customers were rewarded for their mild insanity with 52 gift certificates for free meals each, meaning they can get one on-the-house meal every week for the next year.

The buzz hasn’t died down, with massive lines forming at the double drive-thru and inside the eatery.

The Atlanta-based southern chicken franchise operates nearly 2,000 restaurants in 42 states, but it’s only now coming to New York. The first Big Apple location opened Saturday, Oct. 3 on 37th Street and Sixth Avenue in Manhattan and drew lines of about 200 people.

There are plans to open other locations in Commack, Hicksville and Westbury. The dates of those openings have not been announced, but waffle fry lovers and cows everywhere should feel free to begin rejoicing (sorry, chickens of the world).

Chick-fil-A Port Jeff Station will be open Monday through Saturday from 6:30am to 10pm at 5184 Nesconset Highway. It’s closed on Sundays because founder Truett Cathy, who came under fire in 2012 for speaking out against gay marriage, believed that workers “should have an opportunity to rest, spend time with family and friends and worship if they choose to do so.”

Have you gotten your southern chicken fix at Chick-fil-A Port Jeff Station? What did you think? Tell us in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter

beth ann clyde

beth ann clyde

Beth Ann Clyde is a social strategist of Long Island Pulse. Have a story idea or just want to say hello? Email bethann@lipulse.com or reach out on Twitter @BAClyde.