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Chick-fil-A seeks approval from Oyster Bay Town to open Hicksville restaurant

Along with a Port Jefferson Station location that

Along with a Port Jefferson Station location that is to open this fall, Chick-fil-A is seeking approval from Oyster Bay Town to open a second location in Hicksville. Credit: AP

Oyster Bay Town Board members want another 30 days of public comment before ruling on plans by Chick-fil-A to open a restaurant in Hicksville.

It would be Long Island's second Chick-fil-A restaurant after one in Port Jefferson Station, which is under construction.

The Oyster Bay board left the public comment period open for 30 days after holding a hearing Tuesday on a special-use permit for a free-standing restaurant in the Broadway Mall.

The Atlanta-based company chooses the location of its restaurants and then selects an owner-operator, said Scott Goodson, development supervisor for the company.

"Hicksville is a great town," Goodson said in an interview. "You have the draw of a great community sense, but you also have the draw of the retail and business. It's just that right combination."

Joel Berse, president of the NorthWest Civic Association of Hicksville, asked that the planned restaurant have additional landscaping next to the drive-through section to lessen the noise for nearby houses and diminish the sound of orders being taken.

Dominick Minerva, attorney for mall owner KRE Broadway Owner LLC, said they could accommodate that request.

If approved, the restaurant would seat 150 people and be open from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. or 11 p.m. It would be closed on Sundays, as are all of the franchises.

In 2013, the Long Island LGBT Services Network announced it would boycott the Port Jefferson Station restaurant if it opened because the chain had supported groups opposed to same-sex marriage. Goodson said Tuesday that Chick-fil-A is "more than happy to serve anyone."

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