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Restaurant Brings Approximately 80 Full- and Part-Time Jobs to Community, Honors 100 Local Heroes with Free Chick-fil-A Entrées for a Year
NEW YORK (Nov. 2, 2023) – A new Chick-fil-A® restaurant will begin serving the Marble Hill community on Thursday, Nov. 9. Chick-fil-A, Inc. has selected Senay Mekonen as the independent franchised local Owner-Operator of Chick-fil-A Marble Hill.
Located at 76 W. 225th St., Chick-fil-A Marble Hill will be open for dine-in from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and for carryout from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Guests of Chick-fil-A Marble Hill can place an order for pickup or dine-in on the Chick-fil-A® App or online. When joining the Chick-fil-A One® tiered membership program, guests receive points on every qualifying purchase which can be used to redeem available rewards. Visit chick-fil-a.com/delivery to view delivery options in your area.
The Chick-fil-A Marble Hill restaurant joins 18 other Chick-fil-A restaurants serving New York City.
Locally Owned and Operated
As full-time, hands-on leaders in their restaurants and communities, Chick-fil-A local Owner-Operators proudly reside in the areas in which they serve.
In Marble Hill, Mekonen will be responsible for all day-to-day activities of the business, including employing approximately 80 full- and part-time Team Members, serving guests and cultivating relationships with local organizations and businesses.
Mekonen has always called the Tri-State area home. He was born and raised in Connecticut and earned a degree in economics from the University of Connecticut. Throughout his childhood, Mekonen served alongside his family at the local deli and grill they owned in Stamford, Conn., where he first found his passion for serving guests and vibrant communities. His family ties to hospitality do not stop there – his brother, Aman, became the local Owner-Operator of Chick-fil-A Jackson Heights 82nd Street and eventually enlisted Mekonen to serve on his leadership team as a marketing director. The two have been serving Chick-fil-A guests together since 2021. Mekonen cannot wait to open the doors to Marble Hill and continue serving New Yorkers.
“I’m truly honored to bring Chick-fil-A’s delicious food and signature hospitality to Marble Hill,” Mekonen said. “It’s been well worth the wait, but I could not be more excited to show this neighborhood and my Team Members what Chick-fil-A care is all about. I look forward to bringing leadership, growth and development opportunities to Marble Hill and making a big community impact.”
Caring for the Marble Hill Community
In celebration of the opening, Chick-fil-A, Inc. will donate $25,000 to Feeding America in honor of the new restaurant. These funds will be distributed to partners in the greater New York area to aid in the fight against hunger.
In addition, Chick-fil-A Marble Hill is recognizing 100 local heroes making an impact in the Marble Hill area by providing them with free Chick-fil-A entrées for a year.
Mekonen’s restaurant will plan to participate in the Chick-fil-A Shared Table® program, an initiative that redirects surplus food from the restaurant to local soup kitchens, shelters, food banks and nonprofits in need. To date, more than 23 million meals have been created from Chick-fil-A Shared Table donations from nearly 2,000 Chick-fil-A restaurants throughout the U.S. and Canada. New York local Owner-Operators have donated more than 402,000 meals, with the number continuing to grow.
Team Member Investment
Chick-fil-A Operators are committed to hiring, developing and retaining top talent and providing a positive work environment for people of all ages and backgrounds. Team Members have opportunities for flexible work hours and leadership growth, competitive pay and benefits, hands-on training and mentoring and the chance to apply for scholarships to support their continuing education. To-date, Chick-fil-A has awarded 140 scholarships in New York City, totaling over $150k to support continued education for its Team Members.
Delicious Food; Outstanding Customer Service
Chick-fil-A is known for creating a welcoming, remarkable restaurant experience, serving customers great-tasting food made with high-quality ingredients, including the original Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich. Made with a real, whole, boneless breast of chicken with no added fillers, the breaded chicken is pressure cooked in fully-refined peanut oil. Chick-fil-A was one of the first in the industry to eliminate chicken raised with antibiotics to ensure guests have an option for high-quality food on the go.
To complement the great-tasting chicken, fresh produce is delivered to Chick-fil-A restaurants up to six times a week for the best quality and flavor. The fresh ingredients are raised and grown by farmers who share the company's elevated quality and safety standards, so guests feel good about their meal.
For more information about Chick-fil-A and stories about the Brand’s food, people and customers across the country, visit chick-fil-a.com.
About Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a restaurant company known for the Original Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich and signature hospitality. Represented by more than 190,000 Team Members, Operators and Staff, Chick-fil-A® restaurants serve guests freshly prepared food at more than 3,000 restaurants in 48 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Canada. The family-owned and privately held restaurant company was founded in 1967 by S. Truett Cathy and is committed to serving the local communities in which its franchised restaurants operate.
Known for its leadership and growth opportunities, in 2022 Chick-fil-A was named a Best Employer in America by Forbes and a top company for career opportunities for Black employees by Glassdoor. The company was also awarded the Employee’s Choice by Glassdoor honoring top CEOs and was named a Culture 500 Culture Champion in 2020. A leader in customer service, Chick-fil-A was named QSR Magazine’s Drive-Thru Restaurant of the Year for 2021. More information on Chick-fil-A is available at www.chick-fil-a.com and via @ChickfilANews.