It's time, whatever your stance is. The much-debated Chick-fil-A Toronto opening has been set for Friday, Sept. 6. Get ready for queues, boycotts, and much debate over where the chain fits into the chicken hierarchy in the 6ix.
Chick-fil-A publicly announced the news in a statement at the time of writing, and a series of tweet responses confirmed the opening date.
The location at 709 Yonge Street/1 Bloor Street East will be the chain's first store outside of the USA.
Its regular business hours will be 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday. It will follow the chain's wider policy of closing on Sundays.
You can find the full menu that will be on offer at the location here. Items include the chain's classic chicken sandwich - to be made with Canadian chicken - as well as GTA-roasted coffee. The website states that some of the menu's baked goods, dairy, eggs, and produce are also sourced in Canada.
"I'm excited to be Chick-fil-A's first operator in Toronto," said store owner Wilson Yang in a statement on the chain's website. "My wife Drew and I recently moved nearby to the restaurant, and I can't imagine a better city to live and work. At Chick-fil-A, Torontonians will find great food and quick service, in a welcoming environment."
The website adds that Chick-fil-A Yonge and Bloor will boast "innovative ordering technology" and will be "open and bright with clean lines and little touches like fresh flowers on tables." The location is apparently designed for efficiency as well as comfort.
Chick-fil-A's imminent presence in Canada has been a contentious issue among many people ever since the expansion north of the border was first announced.
Detractors have mainly focused on pointing out the past anti-same-sex marriage and anti-LGBTQ comments from the company's CEO, Dan T. Cathy.
Such is the nature of the excitement whenever a new fast-food joint opens up in the 6ix, though, we're sure there'll still be plenty of hungry people at the corner of Yonge and Bloor next Friday.
Chick-fil-A currently boasts more than 2,300 individual outlets across the USA. And, from next Friday, one in Canada.