Chick fil A LogoWEST HARTFORD: In Manhattan the temporary closing of a Chick Fill A’s restaurant brought a comment by a New York Post reporter on February 10th that would be patrons “lost their minds” in response to the temporary closing. The apparently really wanted their chicken.

In West Hartford, the newest location of the 2000 restaurant chain, one group of “welcome waggoners” were clucking a different tune,. Approximately twenty animal and LGBT rights activists came out to protest the store  and some of the company’s policies on gay rights on February 11th.

Schimenti Construction, headquartered in Ridgefield worked through the winter cold to complete the new Chick-Fil-A restaurant, at 511 New Park Avenue, in just twenty-three weeks. Project Manager Ryan Beaule, said of the effort, "trying to complete a new ground up project going into the winter season always presents challenges for the construction team," Beule added, “specifically site-work that included the parking lot asphalt pavement and the concrete drive-thru lane. Temporary heaters were utilized throughout the project so the interior work schedule could progress.”

Chick-Fil-A celebrated the launch of the 4,730 square foot location with a Grand Opening held on Friday, February 10th. The restaurant can seat 126  and has capacity for approximately 15 on the patio. The West Hartford location is open from 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Schimenti’s release says it builds retail shopping environments for some of the nation's leading retailers and restaurants including REI, Sephora, Target, Under Armour, Victoria's Secret, Target, Saks 5th, Gap, and Zara.