The author’s day started at 8:30. Outside of his window, the sky was dismal and grey. When he left the house, it was humid, muggy, the type of overbearingness typical of a Texas summer preparing for, or in the aftermath of, a downpour. As he worked his way through the construction along Airport Freeway, the traffic stop and go, he did notice the morning sky gradually becoming clearer, more blue, and without a drop of haze marring the landscape. Looking upon the pristine beauty of a summer morning, the author took this as a sign of wonderful things to come.
Was he ever right.
Buried behind the oppressive highway expansion in the Midcities, and the glistening glass towers of downtown, is the cultural district, the West Side of Fort Worth. Nestled comfortably in this haven of history and art and gardens and zoos is Montgomery Plaza, an old railroad station which has been around since the 1920s. You pass by it on 7th Street, across the railroad tracks which are still active to this day, and somewhere behind the mecca of business and luxury living in Fort Worth is the Chick-fil-a. But this Chick-fil-a is unlike any other Chick-fil-a in the entire state.
This Chick-fil-a is the first Chick-fil-a in the state to receive Gold certification from LEED for environmental stewardship. When it opened in 2011, it got the typically rave reviews from food critics praising the quality of service and food. But it received even more positive attention in the various programs implemented that pursue Chick-fil-a’s promise of being stewards to the environment, in addition to their guests and employees.
When you enter the store, the dining room is bright and cheerful, just like the people occupying the registers on counter. They greeted the author with happy smiles and exuberant voices, welcoming me to Chick-fil-a as though he was a regular. But, of course, any raving fan of the restaurant line can tell you this; the author was more concerned with what the store had to offer as a beneficiary of the environment. The author was greeted by the service director, Brent Morton, who was never anything but cordial as he took him through the store, showing off with pride what makes this particular store so special.
And when the tour was done, the author got to meet with the owner, Bruce Slone, who was honest and frank with all the author’s questions, and even treated him to a free meal, which, of course, was just grand. All in all, the Montgomery Plaza Chick-fil-a was a wonderful experience, and the author recommends all his readers to check out this gem the next time they are near Montgomery Plaza. It is something you don’t want to miss.