BOSTON – When it comes to fast food restaurant options in the city of Boston, us Massachusetts folk pretty much have it all. As one of the most prominent cities in the nation, it should come as no surprise that everything from McDonald's to Panera Bread to Dunkin' Donuts permeates all of Boston. But one of the most popular fast food locations has always been elusive. Until now.
Chick-fil-A is one of the biggest names in fast food and yet, it predominantly exists in the south. Steadily, however, Chick-fil-A locations have been popping up in northern locations, including some in Massachusetts and its other big cities, Springfield and Worcester. But still, Boston remained on the outside looking in.
Yesterday, however, the city took another big step to securing a Chick-fil-A spot in the heart of it. Unfortunately, it came at the expense of another restaurant that was also well-liked by Bostonians, but obviously not enough to sustain its life any longer than the eight years it occupied the Boylston Street location. Boloco, a quick stop for burritos in Copley Square, officially shuttered its doors yesterday, per a company spokesperson. Replacing Boloco's spot will, of course, be Chick-fil-A.
The building will not look the same once Chick-fil-A finally opens, however. A multi-story expansion and an increase to the size of the patio is anticipated to get underway quickly.
The closest Chick-fil-A to Boston has been the Dedham location, but that is not for lack of trying on the part of the restaurant chain. The major reason for the delay was the late Mayor Tom Menino who balked at the idea of Chick-fil-A coming to Boston, citing the restaurant's policies, actions, and attitude towards same-sex relationships as deplorable.
Frankly, we are probably better off getting chicken sandwiches from someplace else, but the arrival of the chain to Boston is still news nonetheless. We should all just fully be prepared for protests against the Chick-fil-A after its first U.K. location closed due to similar adversarial responses to the news that Chick-fil-A had ties to organizations that are funding world leaders who believe homosexuality should be a crime punishable by death.
But, you know, Popeye's has good chicken sandwiches, too. Those funds might be better allocated.
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