FLATIRON — Chick-Fil-A is in talks to open its third New York location in a Flatiron luxury building, according to news reports.
The chicken chain, which has ruffled feathers among New Yorkers for its owner’s staunch opposition to gay marriage, is looking to open up shop at One Madison, a 50-story luxury building on the corner of East 23rd Street in which Patriots quarterback Tom Brady owns a condo, according to a report in the New York Post.
The Flatiron location would be the chain’s third in New York. Chick-Fil-A made its Manhattan debut at 37th Street and Sixth Avenue in October, and a new location is set to open at Sixth Avenue and West 46th Street on Saturday.
Spokeswoman Amanda declined to confirm the rumors of a Flatiron location, but said Chick-Fil-A is actively looking for new locations in New York.
“New Yorkers have given us such a warm welcome and we are thrilled to be expanding our ability to serve them,” she said.
A representative of Rockfeld, which owns One Madison, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Local politicians, including former Council Speaker Christine Quinn, campaigned in 2012 to ban Chick-Fil-A from the city after its president Dan Cathy was quoted saying he supported the “biblical definition” of marriage as between a man and a woman and prayed for “God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we would have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is all about.”
But according to a Quinnipiac survey, New Yorkers overwhelmingly said they thought a business should be able to get permits regardless of its stance on gay marriage.