Here's a letter, claimed to have been written and composed personally by Lauren Silich, owner and operator of the Chicago branch of Chick-fil-A:
Since our opening last
year, Chick-fil-A Loyola Water Tower has been dedicated to serving all
of our guests with honor, dignity and respect.
In response to the
recent controversy regarding an additional location in Logan Square and
comments by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, I would like to invite Mayor Emanuel
into my restaurant to meet me, my husband Steve, and my management
We are a family of deep Chicago roots—my husband and I both
came from city worker families (teachers, police, laborers) and Steve
is a city worker.
We are not a corporation—we are real people and
taxpayers as each Chick-fil-A franchise is independently owned and
operated. We are Chicagoans who are dedicated to serving our community.
We hold fundraisers for hospitals, school, fallen police and we donate
to a wide variety of causes, including everything from churches to gay
and lesbian organizations.
We alone created 97 jobs this past year
and our passion is building leaders for future generations, regardless
of sexual orientation or beliefs.
In addition to my personal
invitation to Mayor Emanuel, we would like to extend the invitation to
any Chicagoan to visit and experience our Restaurant. We will continue
to serve our guests in the only way we know how—with great food,
exceptional service and a lot of fun.
Here's a letter, claimed to have been written and composed personally by John and Cristina Crays, owners and operators of the Decatur branch of Chick-fil-A:
Since opening in March of 2005, Chick-fil-A Downtown Decatur has been
dedicated to serving our guests with honor, dignity and respect. We
work our hearts out to make sure every guest receives amazing food and
service regardless of belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.
Nothing about our agenda has changed.
My wife and I are the
owner/Operators of this restaurant, and our commitment to the city goes
back many years. My wife has been in the Decatur area since 1990 when
she began college at Agnes Scott and then worked for the College for
several years after graduating. When we learned of the Chick-fil-A
opening in this city we jumped at the chance to open up our business
here. We are not a corporation – we are real people and taxpayers as
each Chick-fil-A franchise is independently owned and operated.
are a family and a business dedicated to serving our community. We have
consistently been generous donating food, money and coupons to the
local Decatur community including DCM, CSD, the DBA, Bulldog Boosters,
Decatur City Hall and Economic Development, and local churches. The list
goes on and on… This weekend we are feeding the artists and volunteers
during the Poverty is for Real benefit at Eddie’s Attic and next month
we are donating food for a Volleyball Tournament at Decatur High School
(DHS) and feeding the Decatur Book Festival volunteers.
more than 70 people — many of which are DHS students. We have provided
more than 20 college scholarships to team members in our restaurant
alone with many of those awarded to DHS students. Our passion is
building leaders for future generations, regardless of sexual
orientation or beliefs.
We know that some of our guests are upset
by comments made by Dan Cathy, president of Chick-fil-A Inc. He has made
it clear to me those were his personal views, and that his intent was
not to speak on behalf of every Chick-fil-A owner. We hope those who are
upset will look at their relationship with our restaurant and allow us
to continue to serve them. If you have questions or concerns, please
come into the restaurant and speak with me personally.
we will continue to serve our guests in the only way we know how – with
great food, exceptional service and a lot of fun.
on Dec. 9, 2012 at 6:27 AM