Years of rumors were put to rest Thursday morning after the owners of the future Chick-Fil-A franchise announced the location and tentative opening date for its New Iberia restaurant.
New Iberia will be the second Acadiana city to have a Chick-Fil-A after Lafayette once the doors open in early 2020.
The restaurant will be owned by Austin and Amy Milke, a husband and wife who originally hail from Lafayette and Crowley, respectively.
For the past few years, the two have been owning and operating a Chick-Fil-A in Houston, where they have also been living. The two were trying to find their way back home to Acadiana, and applied for the future New Iberia location.
“Chick-Fil-A corporate found a piece of property they were interested in, and we were trying to get back home and we were interested so we applied,” Austin Milke said.
The couple are excited about the prospect of serving the people of New Iberia, Austin Milke said, and they are currently working hard to get everything in place by early next year.
The Milkes are only just getting started, and actually only received notice that they had been chosen as the owner-operators Wednesday. A Facebook page was created Thursday to advertise the future restaurant, which quickly received notice from hundreds of local residents.
“We haven’t broken ground or anything yet, but it’s official,” he said.
Indeed, the excitement around Chick-Fil-A coming to New Iberia has been fomenting since at least 2016, with rumors about whether or not the restaurant opening locally constantly changing.
Local residents likely won’t be disappointed with the outcome, however. Milke said the New Iberia Chick-Fil-A, which is to be located in Lagniappe Village on Admiral Doyle Drive, will be one of the newer designs from the corporation.
The franchise will be 5,000 square feet, seat about 130 and have a parking lot that can fit about 75 vehicles. Milke also said he expects about 75 employees to be hired for the restaurant.