Food & Drink

Soon you can get a late night Chick-Fil-A fix at the Five Points location

Chick-fil-A is starting late night hours on Jan. 18
Chick-fil-A is starting late night hours on Jan. 18 AP

Five Points revelers will now have a new options to get some grub after a night of partying.

Chick-Fil-A in Five Points announced that it will be open until 3 a.m.

Saige Cook, junior marketing direction with the restaurant, said “We’ve gotten a lot of feedback which is pretty awesome,” on the new late night hours decision.

The restaurant is only expanding hours from Friday night into Saturday morning. So if one was to paint the town starting at 9 p.m. on a Friday, when the party crept past midnight, dawning in Saturday morning, the festivities could continue with a chicken sandwich or box of nugs in hand until 3 a.m. at the fast-food chicken joint on the corner of Harden and College streets.

The expanded hours begin on January 18 and continue through at least the end of January.

Cook said the new hours would be tried out for a couple weeks and if the late night business proves a success, the later schedule could be applied to Thursday night as well. Saturday night would remain the same so the restaurant wouldn’t violates Chick-Fil-A’s not-open-on-Sunday policy.

“If it’s a success we’re going to be doing it for the spring and fall semesters for sure,” Cook said of the Friday night hours over the next couple weeks.

The expanded hours are one of a number of promotions beginning in January for the popular fast food spot, according to the restaurant’s social media post.

The Five Points Chick-Fil-A will start “Mobile Monday” in which a customer receives “a treat” if they order on the mobile app from 2 to 5 p.m. The restaurant is also starting “Student Tuesday” from 2 to 5 p.m. At that time, a valid college ID gets you 10 percent off. Parents can receive a free kids meal for their children on Wednesday and early risers can get free coffee on Saturday mornings.

People frenzied around the late night announcement on social media when popular Twitter account DrinkingTicket, which posts about happenings in Columbia of importance to University of South Carolina students, told its followers about the new hours.

“Damn.. we bout to get good service drunk as hell at 2:30am. I love it,” one Twitter user posted.

Another said, “It was a good run (Cook Out) thoughts and prayers during this difficult time (thankful hands emoji)”

Not to be outdone, French Drinking Ticket, a parody of DrinkingTicket, posted “BREAKING: Before going home with ze monsieur, le make sure to to swing by ze CFA (now open until 3am on Friday nights) to sober up and realize you do NOT want to go home le Chad from Pike honhonhonhonhon.”

David Travis Bland won the South Carolina Press Association’s 2017 Judson Chapman Award for community journalism. As The State’s crime, police and public safety reporter, he strives to inform communities about crimes that affect them and give deeper insight into victims, the accused and law enforcement. He studied history with a focus on the American South at the University of South Carolina.