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Chick-fil-A opens 5th Long Island location, in Westbury

Chick-fil-A's fried chicken sandwich. Long Island's fifth location

Chick-fil-A's fried chicken sandwich. Long Island's fifth location opens Thursday morning. Credit: Ed Betz

Despite last night’s pounding storm, the new Chick-fil-A on Old Country Rd. in Westbury opened on schedule this morning at 6:30 a.m., at which point there were five or so patrons already waiting in line. By lunchtime, the crowds had already begun to arrive. “The Chick-fil-A Westbury is currently experiencing some longer than normal lines due to Grand Opening excitement,” read a statement issued by the restaurant at 2 p.m.

Luckily, the eatery’s signature First 100 Red Carpet Rollout had been scheduled for the prior evening, as that meant it could be held before the weather got too inclement (although the event, which is normally staged in a restaurant’s parking lot, was moved indoors). “All the folks who were there and registered won the grand prize,” according to Chick-fil-A, meaning a year’s worth of meals.

Otherwise, the restaurant is fully staffed and ready to handle the crowds, according to Chick-fil-A.

The Westbury Chick-fil-A is the fifth restaurant opened so far by the chicken chain. A sixth is scheduled to debut at 1991 Broadhollow Rd. in Farmingdale, although no definite date for that has been determined. Check back here to learn the restaurant's exact opening date.

The newest Chick-fil-A is at 1530 Old Country Rd., in Westbury, 516-222-2530, chick-fil-a.comRegular hours of operation are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday.

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