Springfield, Illinois is gearing up for some unexpected attention as a special Chick-fil-A opens on 2431 Wabash Ave on March 10th. While it's the city’s first full-service Chick-fil-A, it also happens to be the 2000th restaurant the Atlanta-based company has opened in its 70 year history.
When word spread that Chick-fil-A was experimenting with serving chicken and waffles at a few middle Georgia restaurants back in 2014, it created quite the stir. While the southern breakfast combo isn't on the menu—nor is it slated to make a future debut—it is a favorite sweet-and-savory meal Chick-fil-A Chef Brian Kolodziej makes at home.
Picture this. It is 18th century England, and the fourth Earl of Sandwich John Montagu is hungry. He makes a request for his servants to serve some meat between two slices of bread so he could eat his meal with one hand and carry on with his other activities. It’s a request that sounds simple enough. But Montagu had no idea his simple request would start a movement around the world — a sandwich movement, that is.