New York City’s only Chick-fil-A blames fruit flies for closure

Chick-fil-A New York City
Chick-fil-A New York City (Chic-fil-A)

New Yorkers craving some Chick-fil-A will just have to wait a little bit longer before Manhattan’s first standalone Chick-fil-A restaurant opens.


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Last Wednesday the restaurant closed after city health inspectors found several violations at the restaurant. Today, the restaurant remains closed following a list of health code violations that would give the eatery a “C” grade.

In a statement released Monday, the restaurant said on December 30th the company decided to voluntarily close the Chick-fil-A at 37th and 6th after a city health inspection cited the restaurant for six violations.

The decision to remain closed will allow the restaurant to focus on correcting the major issues reported, including fruit flies in the restaurant, maintaining cold food temperatures, improper storage of an empty container and wiping cloths not being sanitized properly.

The company said the closure has given the restaurant the necessary time needed to make facility and procedural changes that will better meet the needs of serving guests while operating in a very busy urban environment.

“These changes have included retraining the leadership team and employees, fruit fly mitigation and thorough cleanings of the restaurant, independent inspections by an outside consultant, and equipment and facilities upgrades. All of this activity and the commitment of our team will ensure the cleanest and safest environment going forward – something that we are committed to chain-wide,” the company said in a statement Monday.

New York City’s Chick-fil-A will remain closed until management feels confident they are exceeding standards in all areas.