Chick-fil-A, the restaurant chain the late Mayor Thomas M. Menino wanted kept out of Boston, is pushing ahead with plans to open its first store in the city at a Back Bay location, the company confirmed Friday.
The Atlanta-based chain has a devoted following in much of the country for its chicken sandwiches, its iced tea, and its waffle potato fries, but it was publicly rebuked by the late mayor in 2012 for the founding family’s support for groups opposed to same-sex marriage, the Globe has reported.
In the years since, the company has steadily expanded and it, along with franchisees, now operates 2,100 restaurants nationwide including 11 in Massachusetts, according to the company website. The restaurants close on Sundays.
In a statement, Chick-fil-A spokeswoman Amanda Hannah wrote the company is looking to open at 569 Boylston St. in the Back Bay. The site is now occupied by a Boloco restaurant; a spokesperson for that Boston-based company could not be reached Friday.
“We are always looking for new opportunities to serve Massachusetts customers and are excited about the prospect of joining the Back Bay neighborhood,’’ Hannah wrote. “While we are still early in the approval process, we can confirm that we are pursuing a location at 569 Boylston St.”
The impending arrival of Chick-fil-A was first reported by bisnow.com.
The company has already made a presentation to a Back Bay neighborhood group and must still get permission from the various city licensing agencies. But Meg Mainzer-Cohen of the Back Bay Association said she expects Chick-fil-A to become a welcome addition to the neighborhood.
The site they are focused on, she said, is part of the Boylston Street neighborhood with a history of hosting fast-food restaurants, she said. And the neighborhood is always looking to inject variety into the food choices, she said.
“I feel like they have found a very good, solid location where they will be very successful,” she said.
Moreover, Mainzer-Cohen said, a company official who contacted her this summer told her the “company really is focused more on chicken than politics . . . I think it will be good for the Back Bay to have different dining options.”
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