Restaurant to Bring Approximately 110 Full- and Part-Time Jobs to Community

NEW YORK (May 4, 2022) – The first Chick-fil-A® restaurant in Washington Heights is slated to open for business on Thursday, May 5, 2022. Chick-fil-A, Inc. has selected Al Cuevas as the independent franchised Owner/Operator of Chick-fil-A 601 West 181st Street. Cuevas will be responsible for all day-to-day activities of the business, including employing approximately 110 full- and part-time Team Members, cultivating relationships with local organizations and neighboring businesses, and serving guests. Chick-fil-A 601 West 181st Street is located on the northwest corner of 181st Street and St. Nicholas Avenue in Washington Heights, and will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Chick-fil-A 601 West 181st Street will open for carry-out services and third-party delivery. Guests can take advantage of contactless ordering and payment through the free Chick-fil-A® App or through online ordering. In place of the traditional Chick-fil-A First 100® Grand Opening celebration, Chick-fil-A 601 West 181st Street will be surprising 100 local heroes making an impact in Washington Heights with free Chick-fil-A for a year. Additionally, in honor of the new restaurant opening, Chick-fil-A will donate $25,000 to Feeding America. The funds will be distributed to partners within the greater New York City area to aid in the fight against hunger.

Locally Owned and Operated
Chick-fil-A 601 West 181st Street is locally owned and operated by Al Cuevas, who is from the Dominican Republic. Later in his childhood, his family moved to Brooklyn and would often spend time in Washington Heights building community.

Since experiencing his first bite of Chick-fil-A during a college baseball tournament in Florida, he has admired Chick-fil-A’s culture of making a meal more than just food. After graduating from Long Island University Brooklyn, where he earned both his Bachelor’s in Management and an MBA, Cuevas entered the financial services industry in New York City, where he worked for nearly two decades at several of the largest banks. With a heart for hospitality, Cuevas was inspired to make a career change and most recently served as a Director for Chick-fil-A 1536 3rd Avenue in New York City. Alongside his wife Mariellen and two children, Cuevas is looking forward to sharing great-tasting food and signature hospitality in Washington Heights.

“I am so thankful for the opportunity to open the first Chick-fil-A in Washington Heights, a vibrant community that has been special to me since my childhood,” said Cuevas. “It is my hope that our restaurant serves as a place where our Team Members and guests feel so welcomed and cared for.”

Team Member Investment

Chick-fil-A franchised Operators are committed to hiring, developing and retaining top talent, and providing a positive work environment for people of all ages and backgrounds. They also offer their Team Members 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.

Quality Ingredients; Delicious Food
Chick-fil-A focuses on serving customers great-tasting food made with high quality ingredients. The produce used in recipes is delivered to kitchens up to six times a week. Salads are made with whole fruits and vegetables that are chopped and prepared fresh throughout the day. Chick-fil-A Lemonade is made from three simple ingredients: lemon juice, sugar and water.

Breaded chicken is pressure cooked in 100%, fully refined peanut oil and all U.S. Chick-fil-A restaurants now serve chicken raised with No Antibiotics Ever, starting from the egg. By not allowing antibiotics of any kind, Chick-fil-A chicken meets the highest commitment for non-antibiotic use. For more information about the Chick-fil-A No Antibiotics Ever commitment, visit

Commitment to Customer Service
With a longstanding tradition in the restaurant industry for setting high standards in customer service, Chick-fil-A earned recognition for providing the "best fast food customer service in America" according to America's Best Customer Service 2020 report by Newsweek, among other honors.

For more information about Chick-fil-A and stories about the Brand’s food, people and customers across the country, visit For the latest news and updates on Chick-fil-A 601 West 181st Street, visit the Chick-fil-A 601 West 181st Street Facebook page.

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 170,000 Team Members, Operators and Staff, Chick-fil-A® restaurants serve guests freshly prepared food at more than 2,700 restaurants in 47 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 and @ChickfilANews.

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