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Chick-fil-A Cooks Up Another Prime Location in Downtown

The sometimes-controversial chicken maker gets a pricey new address

The future home of Chick-fil-A in Downtown
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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Lovers of fast food favorite Chick-fil-A can rejoice this morning, as the company put out plans to drop a second big location right in the thick of Downtown. And good news commuters: it’s very close to one of the city’s busiest Metro stops.

The arrival of Chick-fil-A was first announced by Brigham Yen, as the real estate maestro always seems to have his eye on the Downtown scene. This new address will put the Southern-leaning fried chicken sandwich company right inside the Figueroa Tower at 7th and Figueroa, across the street from a food-stuffed open air mall and on top of Downtown’s bustling 7th/Metro Center stop.

It’s an area suddenly crushed with development, as the Figueroa corridor there booms with glassy new high rise buildings nearing completion — all of which should soon be filled with office workers eager for a quick and inexpensive lunch. Construction should be getting underway at the former bank location imminently. The 24-story tower space will, according to Yen, offer lots of frontage and high ceilings, along with tons of tall windows for letting in loads of natural light.

Though in the past some of questioned the company’s traditionally conservative-leaning values, there’s no denying the company is popular. As Eater noted this summer, an average Chick-fil-A location does roughly three times the business of a similar KFC, with the chain now hovering around 2,000 domestic locations. That’s a lot of chicken.

Expect this location of Chick-fil-A, barring any dust up with the Metro folks over precarious permitting above one of their busiest terminals (as Brigham Yen notes, that’s exactly what’s been delaying nearby Panera Bread), to open later this year.

660 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA