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Washington's first stand-alone Chick-fil-A restaurant opening in Bellevue April 9

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Washington's first stand-alone Chick-fil-A® restaurant will open April 9 in Bellevue, bringing the restaurant's signature menu of fresh, hand-crafted food and award-winning customer service to the Puget Sound with the first of three locations opening this spring.

 

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The new Bellevue Chick-fil-A restaurant, formally named Chick-fil-A at Northeast 8th Street, will be locally owned and operated by Bellevue entrepreneur Valerie Artis. She will oversee day-to-day activities of the restaurant and will be responsible for serving local guests and visitors, as well as making all employment and community involvement decisions for the restaurant. The Bellevue Chick-fil-A will create some 80 new jobs in Bellevue.

With dining room seating for 48 and outdoor patio seating for 46 guests, the new Bellevue restaurant also includes drive-thru service for customers on the go. The interior features the chain's latest design which incorporates subway tile and metals in a variety of finishes and patinas all complimented by an abundance of windows. The vintage-inspired interior includes other unique custom features such as light fixtures made from recycled Coca-Cola bottles and peach baskets.

The new restaurant, located at 785 116th Avenue NE in the former Denny's location, offers free Wi-Fi and is open Monday through Saturday from 6:30am until 10pm, serving a full breakfast menu until 10:30am. Like all Chick-fil-A restaurants, it will be closed on Sunday.

 

Bellevue Chick-fil-A grand opening event - Thursday, April 9

The grand opening celebration includes the chance for 100 adults to win free Chick-fil-A meals for a year. Community members will also have the opportunity to donate books that will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Bellevue. After 11 years and nearly $24 million in free food given away, Chick-fil-A's "First 100" celebration continues to be the restaurant company’s signature grand opening event, which transforms the restaurant parking lot into a 24-hour community friendly party as the crowd awaits the opening.

The new Bellevue restaurant will host the next First 100 event that will award more than $32,000 in free food. A digital offer card loaded with a one-year supply of free Chick-fil-A Meals will be given to each of the first 100 eligible adults, ages 18 and older with identification, in line when the doors open about 6am on Thursday, April 9. If more than 100 people are onsite when the line officially forms at 6am on Wednesday, April 8, then all 100 spots will be determined by a drawing held that morning with those selected needing to camp out for 24 hours to secure their spot. Chick-fil-A provides security, entertainment, games and plenty of Chick-fil-A food. This community event is only open to guests residing in specific zip codes within a 60-mile radius surrounding the restaurant. A complete listing of eligible zip codes and rules can be found at Chick-fil-A First 100 Promotion.

To celebrate the new Chick-fil-A restaurant and the Bellevue community, local owner Valerie Artis is collecting new children’s books to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Bellevue. The entire community is invited to bring children’s books to the restaurant from Tuesday, April 7, through Saturday, April 11, to be placed in a Book House, donated by the Chick-fil-A Foundation. The nearly three-foot Book House, created entirely from reclaimed wood, will then be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Bellevue.

Will you be camping out for a chance to be Bellevue's and Washington's First 100 when Bellevue Chick-fil-A opens? Share your comments on our Facebook page.

 

Published: April 2, 2015

 

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