A new Chicago eatery is positioning itself as the antithesis to Chick-fil-A.
Leghorn Chicken, which opened early last month in Ukrainian Village, offers locally sourced poultry served spicy or pickle brined, as the national fast food chain does, on house-made buns or buttermilk biscuits.
Unlike Chick-fil-A, the fast-casual restaurant also serves food on Sundays, donates 2 percent of its profits to organizations that promote LGBT rights, and offers free Leghorn-branded contraceptives at the counter.
Leghorn is operated by the Element Collective restaurant group, which cures its own sausage at Old Town Social and mills flour at Nellcôte.
The restaurant opened March 6 at a.m. and ran out of 600 chicken parts within two hours.
“It’s kind of funny to me that Leghorn takes its shots at Chick-fil-A since their food is infinitely superior to Chick-fil-A’s,” said one reviewer. “Why even bother drawing any comparisons?”
The CEO of Chick-fil-A, which closes its stores once a week to encourage employees to attend church, sparked protests in 2012 after expressing his disapproval of same-sex marriage.
Dan Truett admitted last month that his stance had alienated many customers, but the CEO said he still believed LGBT couples should not be legally permitted to wed.
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