Atlanta’s homegrown quick-service chicken empire hopes to open its second new restaurant on one of intown’s most lively commercial corridors within about a year.
That’s the word from Chick-fil-A representatives today, who confirm to Urbanize Atlanta that previous designs submitted for a new 777 Ponce de Leon Avenue outpost will indeed be what’s built, should all go according to plan.
The Poncey-Highland Chick-fil-A would mark the company’s second new franchise addition to Ponce, following a controversial drive-thru location that opened just four blocks away earlier this summer.
“It’s our pleasure to confirm that Chick-fil-A Ponce de Leon is slated to open in fall 2024, assuming there are no delays,” a project spokesperson wrote in response to Urbanize inquiries, on behalf of Chick-fil-A.
“The locally owned and operated restaurant will be designed to fit seamlessly into the walkability of the neighborhood, allowing guests to walk directly to the location and dine-in or carry out their meal with ease,” the email continued. “Since opening our restaurant Ponce & Boulevard this June, we look forward to adding another restaurant to the neighborhood.”
As with a standalone Chick-fil-A in the pipeline on Peachtree Road in Buckhead, the Poncey-Highland location would not feature a drive-thru. Plans indicate it will include 41 parking spaces behind the Ponce-fronting building, however.
In preparation for the next Ponce Chick-fil-A, the longtime home of Dugan’s restaurant and lounge was recently razed next to the Hotel Clermont and its basement lounge. Chick-fil-A has had the Dugan’s location in its crosshairs since at least 2016.
Dugan’s closed last year and relocated to Northlake.
But building on the ashes of Dugan's hasn’t been without speed bumps. A few years ago, Poncey-Highland created the Poncey-Highland Historic District as means of safeguarding about 260 irreplaceable buildings and establishing guidelines for new development that inevitably would come.
Chick-fil-A’s initial plans for the Dugan’s site ran afoul of the new rules in several ways, sending the company back to the drawing board to tweak designs.
Have a look at what’s bound for Ponce—and more context as to exactly where it will be—in the gallery above.
[CLARIFICATION: 5:29 p.m., Aug. 28: A previous version of this article identified a brand spokesperson who does not work in that capacity.]
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