Go back a couple years and the crisis of the summer in Spokane was something much less serious than what we are facing today. Instead of a pandemic or racial injustice, the heartbreak of Summer 2018 was the news that Chick-fil-A would not be coming to Spokane.
The way it unfolded was especially cruel. An official press release from Chick-fil-A announced that a restaurant would open soon in the Gonzaga district. The news put the city in a frenzy as chicken sandwich-deprived citizens rejoiced and positive social media sentiment shot through the roof. Sadly, within hours, the fast food giant announced it had made a mistake and that Chick-fil-A would not be coming to Spokane––at least not in the location originally reported.
When I wrote my initial blog post about the snafu, my friend and Retro Donuts owner John Fine commented on the post. He said that even though we would have to do some more waiting, he believed that a Spokane Chick-fil-A would eventually be a reality and that it would be in North Spokane. What can I say? The man knows what he is talking about.
It isn’t rumor anymore, Spokane is actually getting a Chick-fil-A! In fact, the restaurant is under construction as we speak. Even better, the location is just minutes from my parents’ house. If only we didn’t move to the Valley…
Well, now we just have another excuse to visit my parents! In all honesty, this is great news for Spokane. I know we live in a society that hypes up everything, but I can honestly say that Chick-fil-A is the real deal. Don’t get me wrong, I used to be a skeptic too (I mean, how incredible can a chicken sandwich actually be?), but living nearly six years in South Carolina changed my tune. There really is nothing better than a fresh spicy chicken sandwich and hot waffle fries.
I realize that the opening of a fast food restaurant can’t do anything to detract from the serious issues we are facing today, but if the confirmation of Chick-fil-A opening in Spokane brings a smile to at least one person’s face, I think we can all be OK with that. Hope to see you at 9304 N. Newport Hwy! Don’t Blink.