The ranking for the most popular restaurant of 2016 just came in and the Christian fast food chain Chick-fil-A brought home the top spot.
The results are based on the number of Foursquare app check-ins. McDonald’s was also in the running for the No. 1 slot, but fell short. Chick-fil-A dominated in 24 states predominantly in the south and southeast, Business Insider reported.
The Chick-fil-A ethos established by its founder Southern Baptist man Truett Cathy has become an important part of the company fabric.
A PDF disclosing the Sunday restaurant’s policy from Thripp.com says, “Cathy’s practice of closing his restaurants on Sunday is unique to the restaurant business and a testament to his faith in God. Within the first week of business at his Dwarf Grill restaurant in Hapeville, Ga. more than 60 years ago, Cathy knew that he would not deal with money on the ‘Lord’s Day.’”
The belief system is also reflected in company’s Corporate Purpose Statement:
To glorify God by being a faithful steward to all that is entrusted to us.
To have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.
Chick-fil-A is closed on Sundays so employees can spend time with their family and praise God. Additional closure days include the family focused holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas.