The owner of the city's only Chick-fil-A restaurant today asked Mayor Rahm Emanuel to meet with her after Emanuel said the anti-gay marriage views of the fast-food chain's president don't mesh with Chicago values.
Lauren Silich, who owns a Chick-fil-A franchise just off the Magnificent Mile that opened last year, wrote in a press release that she is dedicated to "serving all of our guests with honor, dignity and respect. ... We alone created 97 jobs this past year and our passion is building leaders for future generations, regardless of sexual orientation or beliefs."
She invited Emanuel to meet her, her husband and management staff at her restaurant. The mayor's office had no immediate response.
In an interview today, Silich addressed Emanuel's comments. "I get it,” Silich said in an interview. “I’m from here as well.”
“I just want people to know there’s a local face to this controversy,” she added. “We’re not a corporate face. We love our city.”
Silich said she would never discriminate against anyone and has gay employees working at her restaurant.