Readers tell me that Burger King on upper State St has closed their doors. The eatery will be replaced by Chick-Fil-A.

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  1. Glenn says:

    Hmm the Crystal Ball apparently does NOT lie!

  2. Papa John says:

    Chick-Fil-A has been in the news lately regarding its president’s anti-gay stance:,0,3020372.story. I wonder how Santa Barbarans will respond.

    • Chris says:

      If they serve good food, I am going to eat it. My stomach does not listen to politics when hungry.

    • Lily says:

      I already don’t give them my business because its a crappy fast food place. These type of boycott usually have little overall effect, but if it makes you happy that your money isn’t going to a particular business, then its still worth it.

    • Nancy says:

      I refuse to eat at a restaurant that discriminates against the LGBT community.

  3. Jim Post says:

    What happened to free speech! The Owner/CEO, only said what Obama himself has said. He supports traditional marriage. Set the cool-aid down. I’ll eat some chicken just for you. James

    • Lily says:

      Free speech isn’t free from public backlash. The decision over what type of business you want to do business with is also a form of freedom. Now I am not claiming that Chick Fil A will be scared into changing their position or they will go bankrupt over this.

    • Bob says:

      What do you mean “what happened to free speech”? This is an absolute perfect example of it:

      Bible-thumping redneck CEO spouts his mouth off publicly supporting hate in one of its many forms (replace “gay” marriage with “mixed-race” marriage or any other cause you so choose), people who think otherwise vocalize against it in an effort to hurt his bottom line, it either works or it doesn’t. He either stands behind his beliefs even if it hurts his business (if it does at all) or realizes he’s been an absolute moron his entire life and realizes that it’s the 21st century. Everybody gets their say though. Free speech at work.

      Pretty sure The Restaurant Gang had a mini-debate over this when John first posted the rumor up a few months back.

    • Joe says:

      Free speech means that the owner of the company can express his views (as he did), and we consumers can express our views (by withdrawing our patronage of his company). Free speech is alive and well.

  4. Papa John says:

    It’s not a simple answer for me unless the manager of the SB Chick-fil-A decides not to serve people based on their sexual preferences or openly discriminates. After all, I eat at Carl’s Jr. even though I do not at all agree with the political views of Carl Karcher.

    But I’m guessing that, since the news cycle is still fresh, a number of folks will respond in the same fashion as Michael.

  5. sbdude says:

    Isn’t it great that we can live in a country where we can practice whatever religion we want, whatever lifestyle we like, and say whatever we want . . . unless it’s something I disagree with and then you can’t say it.

    In case you forgot, this is the United States folks. While I (and many others) don’t agree with what the man says, I will (we should) defend to the death his right to say it. Don’t like what he says? Don’t eat there. Simple as that. Frankly, I don’t hear a lot of complaining about how In-n-Out, another privately held fast food chain, puts bible verses on all their cups and disposable wrappers. I’m sure there are quite a few people out there that would find that objectionable, and there’s always a line in their drive thru. Long story short, get over yourselves.

    And just so this is topical, Chick-Fil-A seems a healthier choice than Burger King, so I welcome that. And, from what I hear, the food is actually decent. Time will tell.

  6. mike says:

    I’ll skip it. From what I see they only serve white meat (no pun intended). I’m a dark meat fan.

  7. Whirl says:

    Sadly, it isn’t just what their president says, the company has spent millions against marriage equality. Yes, we all have the freedom to chose to go there or not. But they chose to use the money they make to attempt to diminish freedom for others. It’s fair to make people aware of their actions so they can make an educated choice about spending their money there.

    • Chris says:

      thanks, I never realized that big businesses got involved in spending $$ on political action groups, candidates, etc for the issues that they support. you’ve opened everyone’s eyes today!

  8. Andy says:

    Chick-Fil-A is not healthier than BK. they are both equally bad. at least I find BK sort of edible, last time I ate at a Chick-Fil-A I couldn’t even finish half of it, it was that foul. regardless of their very large contributions to those who fight against marriage equality (which I also find atrocious), Chick-Fil-A is just another junky fast-food chain. I’ve pretty much given up on fast food, as what I would call “high-end” fast food such as Fatburger, etc, has jumped ship from this town, only to be replaced by more McDs and Subways that don’t even use real, fresh food.

    I’d rather see the BK location become another Mexican restaurant than a crappy chicken joint.

  9. Andi ^..^~ says:

    Don’t get it twisted “Chick-Fil-A is just another junky fast-food chain.”
    There is no debate about that .. Simple.

  10. Lily says:

    Speaking of chicken joint. Korean fried chicken is what we need here not crappy fast food. One taste of its double fried crackly skin, you will be hooked.

    • lemonjelly says:

      Lily, I’ve heard that Hollister Brew Co’s chicken wings are doing in the Korean fried chicken style. I’ve not tried it myself, I only got the news from a friend tonight.

      • Lily says:

        I had it before. It was ok taste wise, but the skin isn’t anywhere close to Bonchon chicken. You can only get that shatteringly crisp skin using their double frying technique.

  11. Charlotte says:

    I would love to see a Zankou open in S.B. or Goleta. It’s this Armenian Rotiserie chain in Hollywood and Los Angeles area. Amazing garlicky and citrus chicken with fabulous mid Eastern sides as well. Healthy, fast and cheap and crazy good!

  12. Glenn says:

    Will that new Korean place in town have that kind of stuff? I predict this thread will have 100 comments from the pro and anti! Myself I’ll probably try it just cuz I have never tried it before to comment on it. Whether I go back is up in the air, esp with their views. Its weird that they will serve to those they don’t like and use their money to go against them. If you don’t like their message I would say don’t go there! I’ve got to try the place at least once though as I’m too curious about it.

  13. Krista and Tony says:

    I had personally planned on being in the 1st 100 in order to get a free years worth, now I won’t ever set foot in the place or any other Chick-Fil-A. That’s my free speech talking and my money:-)


  14. Christine! says:

    I wonder what the guy who grew the chicken thinks about GAY MARRIAGE? Who cares?

  15. Maha says:

    Yaaay! That’s one of the best news I’ve known from this website … I love Chick-fil-A !!! I hope those are not rumors otherwise, I’ll be in great depression !!

  16. Joe says:

    I will not give my money to a company that actively opposes civil rights for everyone. Gay and lesbian Americans are treated as second-class citizens. This is wrong.

  17. Mark says:

    BOYCOTT Chick-Fil-A! Do not support hate! This isn’t about mutual tolerance because there’s nothing mutual about it. If we agree to disagree on this issue, you walk away a full member of this society and I don’t. There is no “live and let live” on this issue because Dan Cathy is spending millions to very specifically NOT let gay people have equal rights. There is no reciprocity here. Assuming that he’s heterosexual, his rights are not in jeopardy.

  18. Glenn says:

    But you could get your picture with Sarah Palin…

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