Nearly every Chick-Fil-A grand opening draws in a large crowd, and the recent opening of the restaurant’s Burbank location on Thursday was no exception.
Dozens of people camped outside the restaurant at 3113 W. Olive Ave. beginning on Wednesday afternoon to be one of the 100 lucky customers to receive 52 free meals — a Chick-Fil-A sandwich, medium waffle fries and a medium beverage — throughout the year.
Because there were more than 100 people waiting in line, restaurant officials held a raffle to determine which customers received the free-meal deal, according to KTLA.
Chick-Fil-A opened six other restaurants nationwide the same day, including locations in Norwalk and Riverside.
The 6,000-square-foot Burbank restaurant is one of the largest Chick-Fil-A locations in the country, with a seating capacity of about 100. There are roughly an additional 50 seats for outdoor dining.
“We are always evaluating potential new locations in the hopes of serving existing and new metro-Los Angeles customers great food with remarkable service,” said Bernard Hendrix, a spokesman for Chick-Fil-A.
“[We] look forward to opening locations in Rialto and Simi Valley in the coming months,” he added.
Chick-Fil-A has held grand-opening camp-outs for the past 15 years, and officials estimate that about $36 million in free food has been given away in communities across the United States.
The Burbank grand opening also included a children’s book drive that benefited the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley.
The Burbank Chick-Fil-A is open Monday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and closed on Sundays.