What does the capital “A” mean, anyway?

It’s a familiar sight to millions of people nationwide – the red beak profile and scripted name that stands as a symbol of the Original Chicken Sandwich. It’s the logo that greets customers on Chick-fil-A restaurants in 47 states and Washington, D.C.

But less familiar is the story behind the Chick-fil-A name.

It’s a play on the “chicken fillet,” and that capital “A” is on purpose: it represents the “grade A” top quality chicken used in the now-famous sandwich. Truett Cathy, Chick-fil-A’s founder, created the sandwich using whole, boneless 100-percent real chicken, a standard that remains today. At the time of the sandwich’s creation in the early 1960s, people would have recognized and appreciated the quality standard grading.

And unlike the recipe for the Original Chicken Sandwich, the Chick-fil-A logo has seen quite a bit of change over the course of its nearly six-decade history.

First featuring an extra “l”, a lowercase “a” and the tag line, “Best Thing That Ever Happened To A Chicken,” the logo has evolved over the years to the famous beak, eye and crest feathers that customers first saw in 2012 and still recognize today.

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