Chick-fil-A says aloha to Hawaiian-themed restaurant

FAYETTEVILLE — Eat more calamari.

Chick-fil-A officials went tropical this week when they opened the company’s first-ever Hawaiian-themed restaurant at 600 West Lanier Ave., in Fayetteville. The restaurant is called Truett’s Luau and it officially opened for business Thursday.

The restaurant is something of a departure from the models seen at Chick-fil-A and Truett’s Grill locations because it features a tropical feel. It is the brainchild of Chick-fil-A’s 92-year-old founder, Truett Cathy, and it will be part of the Waterfall development in Fayetteville.

“From the very beginning, Truett wanted to bring the taste and feeling of Hawaii to Fayetteville,” said General Manager Doug Mickey. “He wanted Truett’s Luau to combine the warm and wonderful feelings of family as well as the fresh and tropical flavors of the islands into a restaurant that also embodied the menu quality and customer service that have become his standard.“

Company officials said the restaurant’s decor will include live tropical plants, bamboo-lined skylights, tiki columns, shell-covered counters and a 70-waterfall. Palm trees will line the drive-thru lane.

While company officials said patrons will be able to buy some of Chick-fil-A’s standard meals at the restaurant, they added the menu will also include some unique items such as Mahi-mahi, calamari, cod, Ahi tuna, shrimp, teriyaki chicken nuggets, island chicken salad and banana macadamia nut pancakes. Drink selections will also include Hawaiian shaved ice, fruit smoothies and pineapple macadamia nut milkshakes.

It will also have a signature drink called the Frosted Pineapple, company officials said.

The restaurant’s hours will be 6 a.m. until 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 6 a.m. until 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Like all Chick-fil-A restaurants, Truett’s Luau will be closed Sundays.