Chick-fil-A Update: The Latest from the First Three Chick-fil-A Restaurants in Las Vegas

When it was first announced Chick-fil-A was coming to Las Vegas, the news was met with euphoric glee, and not just because Euphoric Glee would make a great band name.

Later, we learned not only was Chick-fil-A coming to Las Vegas, but multiple locations were planned, with “eight or 10” in the works over the next five years, according to Chick-fil-A officials. We were beside ourself.

Chick-fil-A Las Vegas

Behold, the best thing since lap dances.

Three Chick-fil-A restaurants are right around the corner, so we figured it was a good time to check on the progress of the three spots likely to fulfill our chicken sandwich fantasies first.

Two of the three Chick-fil-A locations are in a city called Henderson, affectionately called “Hendertucky” by locals. First, we checked out the Chick-fil-A at 460 N. Stephanie St., near the corner of Warm Springs and Stephanie.

Chick-fil-A Las Vegas

Let’s step it up, construction dudes.

Things are looking good at the Stephanie St. location, with the exterior of the building in place. Construction of non-casino establishments seem to take an agonizingly long time in Las Vegas, but Chick-fil-A will be here soon enough.

Both Henderson locations will debut in 2017.

Here’s another look at the Stephanie St. Chick-fil-A.

Chick-fil-A Las Vegas

Who needs windows? Just brine and fry something, already!

Next, we fly over to 9925 S. Eastern Ave. in Henderson, to something called the Diamond Summit Plaza. Locals know this address because it was the former home of the now-closed Nacho Daddy. Don’t freak out, Nacho Daddy recently opened on The Strip, and the downtown Nacho Daddy is doing brisk business.

Here’s the Chick-fil-A at 9925 S. Eastern Ave.

Chick-fil-A Las Vegas

Plenty of room for the long line on opening day. We trust slipping $20 to the bouncer will get us past the velvet rope.

This location appears to be no further along than the Stephanie location, but we have decided not to wail or gnash our teeth about it. Much.

Here’s another look.

Chick-fil-A Las Vegas

It’s like each location is copying off the other’s test.

So, those are the two frontrunners.

Also in the mix is a location a lot closer to The Strip, at the corner of West Sahara Ave. and Rancho Drive. This Chick-fil-A will be right across the street from the Palace Station casino.

Here’s a peek.

Chick-fil-A Las Vegas

The Rancho location is likely to be your go-to spot if you’re a Las Vegas visitor. Unless you have Chick-fil-A back home, then you’ll want In-N-Out, just up the road. And we hate you.

There’s a structure going up at this site, but it’s unclear if this is the Chick-fil-A building. There’s no Chick-fil-A signage here as there is at the other two sites.

If it’s retail space, that means the Chick-fil-A will be built from the ground up in the open space near the construction, and this location is even further off than the other two outlets.

Life is filled with disappointment, but there’s are waffle potato fries at the end of the tunnel.

Chick-fil-A Las Vegas

Here’s how the space looks from the Palace Station side. The thing we do for you.

So, our anticipation grows, and we expect we’ll spend the next few months learning more about how to get the most of Chick-fil-A when it arrives.

For example, did you know that if you order a kids meal at Chick-fil-A and decline the toy, you’ll get a free ice cream or larger drink or order of fries?

It’s time to bone up on your Chick-fil-A hacks!

You’ll also want to prepare for the arrival of Chick-fil-A by downloading the Chick-fil-A app. Rumor has it you’ll get a free sandwich if you do.

We should also, collectively, start lobbying Chick-fil-A to keep its restaurants open on Sunday. Just in Las Vegas. Because Las Vegas.

Believe us when we say we’ll be keeping a close eye on the progress at any and all Chick-fil-As in or near Las Vegas, and you’ll find us camping out as opening dates near.

Oh, and if you’re not thrilled about Chick-fil-A’s controversial past, get up-to-speed on why you should chill out and enjoy the chicken sandwich gloriousness the minute it arrives in Las Vegas.

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  • Lewmoore

    No matter how hard you try Scott, they’re not going to be open on Sundays! 🙂 They started big in malls, and if all of the malls across the country couldn’t force them to be open on Sundays (its rather a big deal for mall management to make sure all store are open when the mall is open) then Vegas isn’t going to make it happen either. I grant you (as someone who lives in CFA central) that you’re most likely to want some of that deliriously tasty chicken on Sunday, but alas, it is not to be. Teaches a good lesson about patience, or delayed gratification, or something. True, those are hardly Vegas values, so just look at it as a nice day off for those hard working chicken magicians to be with their families, or to gamble.

  • Hmmm, an issue for me…this is by far the best fast food you can get and the service is always amazing, but they are very anti our gay friends and such, I have not step in one since…if they changed their stance on this (who knows, they’re moving to vegas), then I would love to go again the next time in the area. And as Lewmoore says, there is zero chance of Sunday openings.

    • Rooster

      It wasn’t a company policy.

      The owner gave to a Christian organization (one of the many) who, among other beliefs (i.e. – it wants the only thing the organization stood for) was anti gay marriage.

      That owner is now dead. You may rest easy.

  • happy hour 101

    Chick-fil-A is privately owned so they can do whatever they want which include closing on Sundays for religious reasons. If the company ever goes public (highly unlikely) they would have to open on Sundays because shareholders would absolutely insist on it. And that makes sense because Sunday would probably be their top grossing day of the week.

  • Vice

    The chicken sandwich is awesome and the customer service is exceptional.
    The company is very active in our community and assists with many community efforts. Now, if Vegas would just get a Whataburger I could retire there!

  • Tupan Shraz

    Now if a decent grocery store went in on Rancho & Sahara with the Chick-Fil-A life would be great.

    • It looks like a shopping center, so it’s a possibility!

  • Bouldersteve

    I remember when many stores would close on Sunday. Although it would be nice to be able to get a great chicken sandwich on Sunday its nice to a company that puts its values before profit.No wonder why two of the best fast food restaurants..Chick-fil A and In and Out Burger are all company owned. No franchises. That way they can have better quality control.

    • happy hour 101

      Chick-fil-A does franchise their restaurants although I believe the policy is a franchisee can only own one restaurant. The big players–McD’s, Burger King, Taco Bell/Pizza Hut/KFC pretty much require franchisees to own multiple stores. You’re correct about In-N-Out–all company owned.

      • Bouldersteve

        Thanks for the info.

  • RustyHammer

    Now that they have Chick-Fila in Minnesota this Vegas news doesn’t mean much to me. We still don’t have In/Out in Minnesota, and never will, at least not in my lifetime.

    You can’t win ’em all. No Waffle Houses here, either.