Chick-fil-A's third Manhattan standalone will be a five-story eatery, where customers can dine on a roof deck overlooking One World Trade Center, according to company officials.
The Financial District Chick-fil-A, opening in 2018 at 144 Fulton St., will be the largest restaurant the fast-food giant, known for its fried chicken sandwiches and Sunday closures, has ever built, per a news release. The 12,000-square-foot space will feature large windows, a skylight and three dining rooms that can seat 140 guests, including a roof deck with "unimpeded views of Freedom Tower," Nathaniel Cates, design manager for Chick-fil-A, said in the release.
There will also be a multi-purpose section of the dining room on the uppermost floor that will be used for group trainings and meetings, plans show.
“We pushed ourselves to break into new ways of thinking and try innovative solutions we’ve never implemented before,” Cates said. “We are always thinking about how to make the dining experience feel as comfortable as possible for our customers.”
A spokesman for the company, in an email, said that the space is slated to open in winter of next year, and that "the menu will be consistent with our other restaurants."
Chick-fil-A, which is based in Atlanta, released several renderings of what the space will look like:
Roof deck views
The eatery's roof deck will offer a sweeping view of One World Trade Center. The view won't ever change because the Fulton Street subway station is next door to the restaurant, and no one will ever build on top of it, according to Cates.
The skylight will allow natural light to flood the eatery
Not only will diners have access to the rooftop, but those inside will get their fill of sunshine thanks to a large skylight on the top of the building, plans show.
A 'monumental staircase' will connect the five floors
The staircase will extend from the top to the bottom of the building -- the first of its kind in Chick-fil-A history -- and will be lit by the skylight above it, according to the company.
Dining space for 140 people
Customers will have three floors to dine on. Two of the floors are food preparation areas, plans show.
White accents to widen the space visually
The new eatery is only 15 feet wide, but in order to make it appear bigger, Chick-fil-A's design team has added white accents, like a white wall that extends along the staircase, which is meant to reflect light down from the top floor, Cates said.
And a design that pays homage to the Twin Towers
Chick-fil-A officials said that its designers stacked the building with glass windows, with "elements built into the facade that give a subtle impression of the Twin Towers," which will exist on each side of the restaurant. "It's been extremely fulfilling to work on a project of this magnitude," Cates said. "It was an honor to be part of bringing this restaurant to life."