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The metro area is getting its first two stand-alone Chick-fil-A restaurants this fall.
The restaurants are in Papillion at 8710 S. 71st Plaza, and in Bellevue at 2016 Cornhusker Road. Both will open Nov. 1 with a giveaway to the first 100 adults in line that morning: free chicken for a year.
The chain will award a one-year supply of free Chick-fil-A meals, 52 certificates, to each of the first 100 adults in line, age 18 or older with identification — a total of more than $26,000 in free food. The line opens at 6 a.m. Oct. 31, with the free meal cards being awarded Nov. 1 around 6 a.m. The restaurants will open for business immediately thereafter. If more than 100 people are in line by 6 a.m. on Oct. 31, all 100 spots will be determined by a raffle.
Both franchise operators — Kyle Schisler in Papillion and Tom Deall in Bellevue — are planning fall festival-themed activities for overnight campers, including games, music, prizes for costumes and tent-to-tent trick-or-treating.
The restaurants will be open Monday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., serving a full breakfast menu until 10:30 a.m.
The chain opened the state's first location in September 2002, for employees at Mutual of Omaha, with a second licensee opening last year in the Mutual of Omaha Bank.
–– Sarah Baker Hansen