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Two doors up from Shake Shack, Chick-fil-A coming to Flatbush Avenue near arena; a departure for the Pintchiks?

The Real Deal reported 8/16/18 Chick-fil-A selects first Brooklyn location. Yes, it's very near the Barclays Center. No timing was announced, and the parties wouldn't comment.

The 166 Flatbush site--a big space--is just below Pacific Streets and two doors up Flatbush Avenue from Shake Shack, Its landlord is Michael Pintchik, whose family owns dozens of buildings in the area.

Longtime property owners with a commitment to the neighborhood and able to be selective, the Pintchiks have rejected Hooters and McDonald's, while welcoming expanding local chains like Ovenly.

Shake Shack was founded in New York City, while Chick-fil-A is based in College Park, Ga., and known, as the New Yorker pointed out, for "pervasive Christian traditionalism" and has "continued to donate to anti-L.G.B.T. groups." People like the chicken.

As the Commercial Observer reported in January 2017, that 166 Flatbush location was once sought by Hooters and, as of that time, was supposed to be a "sports-themed gastro pub called Kings Town." That, apparently, didn't work out. Chick-fil-A doesn't serve alcohol.

This was too prime a site to sit empty for a while. Maybe, it's just too close to the arena to fulfill the goal, stated in 2015 by Pintchik's daughter, that “we're going for Park Slope meets Meatpacking [District], a well-cultivated and -curated group of tenants.”

Update: from the Brooklyn Paper

The Brooklyn Paper 8/24/18 reported:
“They’re going to spend big money to make the restaurant work,” said Michael Pintchik, who owns the poultry purveyor’s future home between Fifth Avenue and Pacific Street. “It’s not a short-term lease, it will be here for many years.”
..."They’re concerned about being a good citizen in the community,” the landlord said. “I don’t know how they’re going to do it, but I think they’re ultimately going to be good neighbors.”

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