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Mountain View set to OK Chik-Fil-A

Original post made on Jul 9, 2012

Fast-food chain Chick-Fil-A is hoping to expand into the Bay Area with a new location in Mountain View, though the company's apparent opposition to gay marriage might not be so appetizing in these parts.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, July 9, 2012, 8:14 PM

Comments (56)

Posted by Eric G., a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jul 9, 2012 at 9:04 pm

We should also not forget their ridiculous efforts to enforce their trademarks. Web Link


Posted by GK in MV, a resident of The Crossings
on Jul 9, 2012 at 9:17 pm

This is not good news for two reasons. One is that Sizzler is an inexpensive option for nearby residents and two is that Chik Fil A represents an openly oppressive view of diversity in our community.

Is Sizzler relocating? If so, where and when?


Posted by Nick, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jul 9, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Fantastic news for Mountain View! If people have problems with political views of owners, eat elsewhere. But thankfully most people only care about the deliciousness of the chicken.


Posted by MauricioZuniga, a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jul 9, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Awesome! But what I really want is a Sonics. I hate how they show those commercials, and I cant get what I see :(


Posted by NightWalkin Hippie. , a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 9, 2012 at 9:50 pm

may be taking a gamble in the Bay Area where anti-gay rhetoric just isn't cool." Just because we live in this areq doesnt mean we are not anti-gay as individuals. I would love a chick a fil. But Im also worried that it might bring some zombies from oakland to the area


Posted by Emma, a resident of The Crossings
on Jul 9, 2012 at 10:24 pm

I thought they were trying to create a sophisticated "boulevard" along El Camino, not fast food nirvana. And why are healthy food initiatives "a few years away?"


Posted by Andrew, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 9, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Next up: Bojangles!


Posted by SizzlerFan, a resident of Cuernavaca
on Jul 10, 2012 at 1:10 am

What about Sizzler? It will be missed because there are no other restaurants like it in the area. Could there be a place for it to relocate? Maybe at the new San Antonio Center?


Posted by Jeffrey, a resident of Gemello
on Jul 10, 2012 at 1:27 am

I have lived here many years and welcome the new business. I have lived here over 30 years and none of my friends or neighbors favor homosexuality or diversity, so do not speak for me.
I do not care what sexual orientation you are, so do not redefine marriage for me. As far as diversity, welcome to the USA, learn our language, our culture and respect our borders or go home.

Next up, bring on Cracker Barrel and Waffle House!


Posted by Anonymous, a resident of The Crossings
on Jul 10, 2012 at 1:55 am

Yuck. More processed trash.


Posted by Mr. Big, a resident of Shoreline West
on Jul 10, 2012 at 2:13 am

I would like to see a 5 Guys in MV and I will miss the OLD Sizzler.


Posted by Ivy, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jul 10, 2012 at 6:49 am

Chick-Fil-A... may be making a gamble in the Bay Area where anti-gay rhetoric just isn't cool."

"Isn't cool"? Another example of the low writing standards in the found everyday in the Voice. Who edits this rag?


Posted by closedonsundays, a resident of The Crossings
on Jul 10, 2012 at 7:12 am

Chik-fil-a will provide a vital resource to the city by serving as a community center for the Mountain View bigots.


Posted by Anna S., a resident of Rex Manor
on Jul 10, 2012 at 7:34 am

Eat more kale.


Posted by Litsa, a resident of Jackson Park
on Jul 10, 2012 at 8:34 am

YAY!!!! About time.


Posted by Litsa, a resident of Jackson Park
on Jul 10, 2012 at 8:39 am

Wait...I didnt read the whole story. Sizzler is going bye bye? That is a food staple in MV. It's been there since the dawn of time.
Granted I haven't eaten there since 1985, but still. Sad to see it go.

Also, I'm all for gay rights, but a man's gotta eat.


Posted by NW Resident, a resident of North Whisman
on Jul 10, 2012 at 9:57 am

I agree with those who ask for more info on whether Sizzler will be relocating in MV or just fading away. Although I'm not a huge fan of Sizzler, I've been there on a number of occasions with my mom who is able to take advantage of the senior menu there and it does seem to be an inexpensive option for many families, with some healthy choices available.


Posted by Garrett, a resident of another community
on Jul 10, 2012 at 10:39 am

Did not know that about Chick-Fil-A, guess i won't be eating there again, only ate there once.


Posted by Sean, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 10, 2012 at 10:47 am

Since when has it been a requirement that a business be politically correct?

I will definitely eat at Chick-Fil-A despite this attempt to slander it.

Now let's talk about all the evil that banks, the oil industry and even Google commit to everyday.


Posted by Martha, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 10, 2012 at 10:51 am

As a Mountain View resident I object to Chick-Fil-A putting one of their horrid chain stores in my neighborhood. My family and I will NOT be customers. Not only is the food really bad for you, their politics are really bad for America, in my opinion.


Posted by All chicken not the same, a resident of Castro City
on Jul 10, 2012 at 11:20 am

Sodium laced, factory farmed/mass produced cheap chicken. No thanks.
I thought this place was gross when it was in the SV Town Center.
This is a food court fast food place.


Posted by read it, a resident of Castro City
on Jul 10, 2012 at 12:52 pm

I thought this place was gross when it was in the SV Town Center

A Mountain View store could be the first on the Peninsula.


Posted by CEO says gays aren't "anybody", a resident of The Crossings
on Jul 10, 2012 at 1:37 pm

BAD CHICKEN GO HOME!!


Posted by Sparty, a resident of Shoreline West
on Jul 10, 2012 at 2:18 pm

There is a sonic in Hayward. Trust me, you'll regret the drive.

So what if you wanted to open a restaurant owned by some atheist in the bible belt? Should they be rejected?

In n Out has bible verses all over their food packaging. Should mountain view shut them down?


Posted by Sparty, a resident of Shoreline West
on Jul 10, 2012 at 2:21 pm

How many people who don't eat at sizzler -or haven't in years-- and won't eat at Chik also never eat at Country Kitchen? If people cared as much as they do, Farmer Ted's or whatever would still be open. And maybe Compadres as well.


Posted by @Laura, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jul 10, 2012 at 2:22 pm

OK, you cannot make their views a reason to reject their proposal.

How about their food as a reason? Does Mtn View really need another fast food restaurant? The answer is NO! We need casual & healthful food options.


Posted by @ Occupy Mtn View, a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jul 10, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Sounds like a calling.... a mass protest for their grand opening? I am IN!


Posted by AC, a resident of another community
on Jul 10, 2012 at 2:27 pm

AC is a registered user.

I don't think we should let Sizzler's go. Especially as it is a standby for our older community, seniors on fixed incomes. We do a poor enough job of taking care of them as it is...


Posted by Taxpayer, a resident of Waverly Park
on Jul 10, 2012 at 2:33 pm

What ever happened to "tolerance?" Everyone (even corporation) is entitled to his belief. If you don't agree, then don't eat there. But, please let them come into Mountain View as it can provide a much needed tax revenue since Google is driving all the local restaurants out of business by offering free lunch and dinner.


Posted by Susan, a resident of Castro City
on Jul 10, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Sizzler has been one of my favorite "nice" restaurants for years. I do not go out to eat much but really enjoy the variety of dishes available and the salad bar that had tons of fresh veggies and other healthy options. Who gave them permission to close?

No more fast food chicken. Our arteries are clogged enough!


Posted by Nick, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jul 10, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Why are so many commenting about "allowing" businesses to come or go? My favorite is AC -- "I don't think we should let Sizzler's go. Especially as it is a standby for our older community, seniors on fixed incomes. We do a poor enough job of taking care of them as it is..."

So you want a law requiring a business to stay open even if no one eats there?

If you want it to stay, go eat there. If you don't like a restaurant (for food or politics), don't eat there. The most successful businesses will last and ultimately provide the most economic benefit.

Do you really want to live somewhere where the government decides exactly what services you have access to?


Posted by Steve, a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jul 10, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Since when is it my government's job to dictate what I eat? If I want to eat crap fast food chicken, that is my business and mine alone. Have we become so subservient that we're no longer competent to make our own choices? As for 'saving' Sizzler, if it was financially viable, it would save itself. It's apparently not, but that is THEIR business, not ours.


Posted by Karen M, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jul 10, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Sean, resident of Old MV, slander means "malicious, false, and defamatory statement". What is slanderous about the anti-gay statements made about Chik-fil-a? They fund anti-gay campaigns with huge money and make sure people know about it.

I am disappointed that our City has to accept a business into our community that has such a hateful political opinion. As another commenter said, it is not good for America and it is certainly not good for Mountain View. I won't eat at Chik-fil-a, just as I do not spend my money at Carl's Jr. We have choices in who to support.


Posted by JLS, a resident of The Crossings
on Jul 10, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Does no one remember their sojourn in Los Altos? Chick-Fil-A was where Ferari Brothers is now--on Main Street. They were not supported there and lasted no more than 6 months with no customers. Bad fast food will do them in before their bad policies. It would be nice th have a good, inexpensive restaurant there! I would love to see Daphne's Greek cafe. I've eaten at the La Jolla one several times and was impressed with the quality.


Posted by George, a resident of Rex Manor
on Jul 10, 2012 at 4:08 pm

What a Journalistic HIT PIECE... EGADS, why can't you just say that they have been approved to open up on El Camino Real.

In this whacko world of P.C., why does everything have to be labeled, cajoled, and dissected, with inquiry about all involved and how P.C. they are.
You insist that the non-gay world be tolerant.... Why not seek to ask the Gay World to be tolerant of non-gays...
If the Chicken is good, bting it on.


Posted by long time mv resident, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jul 10, 2012 at 4:09 pm

So yes, it seems we all hardly eat at that sizzler! and yes it would be sad to see it go! but im all for 5 guys in MV or Sonic.. ;)but for sure no Chick-a-nasty....



Posted by Gay4chickfilA, a resident of Willowgate
on Jul 10, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Chickfila coming to the bay area?!!? Count me in. I'll match any dollar I spend on those yummy sandwiches to the noh8 campaign


Posted by Garrett, a resident of another community
on Jul 10, 2012 at 5:39 pm

IN and OUT far better, they are paid more, they have health insurance. According to Wikipedia, bible verses were start in the 80 by Rich Snyder who was in charge until his death in a plane crash in 1993. The bible verses are discreet. Chick Fil A is a much different company, check it out. I still don't like their chicken, it taste bland, rather waster my money at In and Out.


Posted by former MV resident, a resident of another community
on Jul 10, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Very interesting comments! Here's my take on what I've seen so far:

Pro-Gay advocates are taxpayers, so should PAY CLOSE ATTENTION to what 'Taxpayer' had to say:
"What ever happened to "tolerance?" Everyone (even corporation) is entitled to his belief."


'Jeffrey' speaks for MANY of us (in case you forgot, I'll remind you - California voted on allowing Gay Marriage TWICE now, and the Pro-Gay vote was in the MINORITY BOTH TIMES):
"I have lived here over 30 years and none of my friends or neighbors favor homosexuality or diversity, so do not speak for me. I do not care what sexual orientation you are, so do not redefine marriage for me. As far as diversity, welcome to the USA, learn our language, our culture and respect our borders or go home."

Karen M. seemed very adamant about her post:
"Sean, resident of Old MV, slander means "malicious, false, and defamatory statement". What is slanderous about the anti-gay statements made about Chik-fil-a? They fund anti-gay campaigns with huge money and make sure people know about it. I am disappointed that our City has to accept a business into our community that has such a hateful political opinion. As another commenter said, it is not good for America and it is certainly not good for Mountain View. I won't eat at Chik-fil-a, just as I do not spend my money at Carl's Jr. We have choices in who to support. "
Karen, stop and think about it......... isn't that what J.C. Penney is doing right now??? They're funding pro-gay campaigns and making sure people know about it! And I haven't looked up the 'hateful' political opinion you talked about, but even without doing so, I'm pretty sure they're basing their opinions on the Biblical morals that this country was founded on. And had that not happened, we may not be living in a FREE COUNTRY, with FREE SPEECH, and the freedom to hold our own opinions - publicly, as we are all doing on this comment board. If you really wanted to find out, you would realize that most 'anti-gay' individuals do not 'HATE' anyone. The life-style choices of anti-gay individuals go against our MORALS; we hate the sin, not the sinner! Sheesh!

Sean actually shared some very important words. Here they are again:
"Since when has it been a requirement that a business be politically correct? I will definitely eat at Chick-Fil-A despite this attempt to slander it. Now let's talk about all the evil that banks, the oil industry, and even Google commit to everyday."


And as for 'closedonsundays', whose own 'slanderous' allegations stated: "Chik-fil-a will provide a vital resource to the city by serving as a community center for the Mountain View bigots." Well, let's just say, YOU can be considered 'bigoted' as well! (definition of 'bigoted': having or revealing an obstinate belief in the superiority of one's own opinions and a prejudiced intolerance of the opinions of others)


I'll end my post with this comment by George, who said it best:
"You insist that the non-gay world be tolerant.... Why not seek to ask the Gay World to be tolerant of non-gays..."






Posted by Observer, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 10, 2012 at 8:16 pm

I'll summarize what this article should have been about all along:

"A place that sells fast food chicken sandwiches will open on El Camino."

How this, or the rest, is news is beyond me. Doesn't the City Council or the editors of the Voice have anything better to look at?


Posted by Drew, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jul 10, 2012 at 10:15 pm

I think their food tastes great. Others here obviously think it's crap. The great thing about our free market society is that they will risk their own capital to see who's right and who's wrong and us taxpayers won't have to bail them out like the car companies, banks etc. if they fail. So why the heck would we want to stop a new business from opening that will bring jobs, tax revenue and a chicken alternative to KFC to Mt. View? Their political beliefs are irrelevant as far as I'm concerned. While I don't agree with them, this issue is one that the country is split 50/50 on so it's not like reasonable minds can't disagree on the point.


Posted by gary, a resident of Jackson Park
on Jul 10, 2012 at 10:26 pm

I'd rather have a Crackerbarrel.


Posted by Otto Maddox, a resident of Monta Loma
on Jul 11, 2012 at 7:43 am

All this fussing about Chik-Fil-A donating a few million dollars to anti gay marriage efforts when we have Google making multi billion dollar deals with governments who do a lot worse than deny two men or women the right to marry.

I'm not saying I even care. Google can make deals with whatever dictators they like. I just think it's funny how we give Google one sweetheart deal after another to stay in Mountain View but get our undies in a bunch over a little old Chik-Fil-A store opening on El Camino.


Posted by Nutritionist, a resident of Stierlin Estates
on Jul 11, 2012 at 9:09 am

The alternative to KFC in MV is the grocery store and my grill. For the cost of a single meal at KFC or CFA I can grill up about 6 breasts that can be used all week in different and delicious ways.
CFA and KFC are both fast foods, made with cheap mass produced, factory farmed chickens...a product optimized for profit, not nutrition. Saying CFA is an alternative to KFC is like saying Burger King is an alternative to McD's.


Posted by curious, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jul 11, 2012 at 10:12 am

For those of you pining for good old Sizzler even though you have not been there in decades, try going there before they close. The food is terrible. I had the misfortune to sample their wares a couple of years ago.
Where can I start to list the garbage they sell? First the main attraction of their so-called salad bar is battered, deep fried glop and mayonnaise laden macaroni salad. The vegetables and fruit just sit their while people come back for thirds on the garbage. Their 'steak' is as tough as shoe leather. I literally had to chew each piece for about five minutes before I gave up and spit it out. The potato is swimming in margarine and the bread is white, Rainbo bread dipped in oil.

So it's cool that Chik-Fila is coming to town if the [Post removed due to disrespectful comment or offensive language] don't impose their will on the majority of us in California who support traditional marriage. If they can open, I will be there at the opening with bells on. Uh..maybe not. That does seem a bit gay doesn't it ;-)


Posted by Jerry, a resident of Shoreline West
on Jul 11, 2012 at 12:23 pm

If you plan on protesting just because they don't share your view, I will make it a point to come down and cross the line to express my support. I find that the allegedly "open-minded" folks are those who are most closed to opposing viewpoints. I hate having religion shoved down my throat but I'll still eat at In-N-Out because I like their food and their "message" is very discreet (some people reading this won't even know what I'm talking about).

If the food I find once I get inside Chick-fil-A is not good, I won't be back.

Their business will live or die on the merit of its food, not its politics. Which explains why Sizzler and its godawful food are vacating the premises. I'm only sorry to see an inexpensive option for seniors go away.


Posted by Bruno, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Doesn't anyone see the absurdity of asking those deemed "pro-gay" to be tolerant of those who do not tolerate them? How does that work exactly? Do as I say, not as I do? No thanks, nice try! If you don't like the way gay people live TOO BAD! You only get one life in this world, your own.

And small bible verses that are hard to find even when you're looking for them is not the same as giving money to the Family Research Council. Believing in God is not the same as judging strangers. Actually, it's the opposite.


Posted by Sparty, a resident of Shoreline West
on Jul 11, 2012 at 3:36 pm

And yet year after year we have two "art" fairs with toe ring booths, gutter installation companies, Comcast, multi level marketing Cutco Knives, junky "crafts" made of household junk, radio stations, and random booths that have nothing to do with wine, art, or Mountain View.

Obviously no one has noticed the Chik Fil A sign that has been on Sizzlers lawn for about 3 months now. Probably longer. Sounds like people here really "care" about Sizzler and are in tune with what is going on in the city.


Posted by MV Mama, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 11, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Bruno, you are so right. I love how they try to call you out for being intolerant of their intolerance LOL

I love the calls to save Sizzler. Um, have you been there lately? I'd hardly call it affordable, nice or tasty.

I'll admit it, I find Chik Fil A pretty darn tasty. Bit I also support marriage equality. Such a conundrum.

And JLS, that was a Koo Koo Roo in DTLA. It was pretty tasty too.


Posted by Junk Food Junkie, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jul 11, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Wow, so you're telling us it's cheaper to cook at home than go out to a restaurant? And that fast food isn't healthy? Thanks for those brilliant observations. I've got a similar news flash for the group. The food at "real" Mt. View stalwart restaurants like Chili's, Chef Chu's and Frankie, Johnny and Luigi's isn't much healthier. Maybe we should only let them open more Fresh Choice and sushi outposts (as long as they don't serve tempura). How about we all not try to dictate what our neighbors can eat, drink or smoke for a change?


Posted by curious, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jul 12, 2012 at 1:23 pm

"Wow, so you're telling us it's cheaper to cook at home than go out to a restaurant? And that fast food isn't healthy? Thanks for those brilliant observations."

Actually, I was addressing the early point that MV lacks an alternative to KFC. I know junk food does not fuel the best brain performance, but try to keep up with the threads before you go off on a tangent.


Posted by curious, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jul 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Oh, and JFJ, I fully support your right to eat as much of that stuff as you seem to desire. Just don't come to the tax payers when your diabetes meds need refilling. Now get out there and eat up! Yum Yummy Yum! More more more! "Get in Ma Bellay" said FB in Austin Powers


Posted by Sully, a resident of North Whisman
on Jul 14, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Bruno will eat at Chik-Fil-A. Fact.


Posted by Bruno, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 17, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Ha ha, no. Nice try Sully. I'm really not that hard up for a chicken sandwich.


Posted by Brent, a resident of Whisman Station
on Jul 18, 2012 at 12:37 pm

I can't wait to eat there. I might even pay extra.


Posted by nutile1011, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jul 26, 2012 at 7:39 pm

nutile1011 is a registered user.

I googled their menu and pictures of their food do appear. I could never eat that type of greasy looking food. My goal is good health. Rita, Mountain View


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