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Chick-fil-A Might Be Taking Over an Iconic NYC Landmark

The company is reportedly eyeing the old Blue Water Grill building.

A Chick-fil-A could be coming to the former Blue Water Grill building in New York City's Union Square, reports Gothamist.

The controversial fast food chain has set its sights on the 31 Union Square West property, which was home to the Blue Water Grill until its annual rent finally became "untenably expensive"—upwards of $2 million—in January 2019. The iconic restaurant occupied that space for more than 20 years, according to Eater.

Chick-fil-A currently has six locations in Manhattan, as well as a handful of restaurants in outer boroughs like Queens and Staten Island. The world's largest Chick-fil-A location, a five-story behemoth with a rooftop terrace, is housed on Fulton Street in the city's Financial District. According to Crain's New York Business, the company rakes in an annual revenue of some $13 million.

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DEDHAM, MA - NOVEMBER 8: A chicken sandwich with waffle fries is pictured at the Chick-Fil-A restaurant in Dedham, MA on Nov. 8, 2017. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Of course, Chick-fil-A's reputation has been marred time and time again by its anti-LGBTQ past. In 2012, its now-CEO, Dan Cathy, confirmed he was against marriage equality.

Chick-fil-A itself donated almost $2 million to Christian anti-LGBTQ groups back in 2010.

Though reps for Chick-fil-A claim the company isn't homophobic and doesn't have "a political or social agenda," LGBTQ people in New York and beyond seem unable to forgive and forget.

Last November, one college in Lawrenceville, NJ, even took a stand against the fast food chain coming to campus, writing in a letter to campus community members that it wouldn't be partnering with Chick-fil-A "based on the company’s record widely perceived to be in opposition to the LGBTQ+ community."

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