Chick-fil-A Coliseum opens

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Hiring, construction, decorating and training were taking place Jan. 15 as Fort Wayne’s newest Chick-fil-A prepared to open in two days at 182 Coliseum Blvd. W. LISA ESQUIVEL LONG

The operator of Fort Wayne’s third Chick-fil-A restaurant planned to open the Coliseum Boulevard restaurant Jan. 17, with a year of free Chick-fil-A meals to the first 100 adults through the doors.

The First 100 Campout party was planned to start 6 a.m. Jan. 16 ahead of the opening.

Operator Jeff Hoffman is opening the chain’s second Fort Wayne stand-alone restaurant a mile from the home he and his family have lived in for 35 years. Hoffman opened Fort Wayne’s Jefferson Pointe location in 2002, at the time the northern-most free-standing restaurant for the Atlanta-based chain. The Hoffmans’ son, Andrew, and daughter, Liz, each met their future spouses while working in their father’s restaurant.

Hoffman’s new 4,000-square-foot restaurant at 182 Coliseum Blvd. W. has a dining room that seats 112 with a vintage-inspired interior, including a large gathering table made from reclaimed wood, light fixtures from recycled Coca-Cola bottles and peach baskets, and an interactive two-story, indoor play area. The two-lane drive-thru merges into a single pickup point that can handle upward of 200 cars an hour.

Kayley Jones’ Glenbrook Square Chick-fil-A, the franchise’s first Fort Wayne location in 1991, will remain open.