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Chick-fil-A will raize its Woodstock Dwarf House at 9728 GA-92 in favor of a larger, more modern Truett’s Chick-fil-A on March 19.
Once construction begins, 137 of the location’s employees will be laid off with “no guarantees of future employment” when the new restaurant opens in August, according to a Worker Adjustment Retraining and Notification (WARN) Act notice with the Georgia Department of Labor by the store’s general manager Ron Hammock.
“The Woodstock Dwarf House will be closing for a full remodel in March and will be rebranded as Truett’s Chick-fil-A Woodstock, reopening later this year,” the company wrote in a statement. “The new design will feature an enhanced look and increased capacity for serving Guests both inside the restaurant and the drive-thru. The restaurant will retain its classic elements of full-serve seating and counter service, as well as the menu. Team Members have been presented with other employment options to explore while the restaurant is closed for construction.”
Dwarf Houses, opened throughout the Atlanta metro area in the ’80s, combine the menus and aesthetics of a Chick-fil-A and Truett’s Dwarf Grill, Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy’s first restaurant that opened in Hapeville in 1946. The sit-down Dwarf House establishments sell steaks and burgers alongside the company’s namesake chicken sandwiches, which weren’t on the menu until 1961 when Cathy found a pressure fryer that could cook a chicken patty in the same amount of time as a beef burger.
Several of the original 11 Dwarf Houses, including the flagship Hapeville location, are scheduled to be torn down in favor of Truett’s Chick-fil-A’s. The rebuilt restaurants will feature “a combination of styles throughout the history of the ownership and will act as a tribute to Truett Cathy’s devotion to serving quality products to his consumers,” Chick-fil-A Director of Strategic Reinvestment Joseph Latimer wrote in a summary of the Hapeville project.
The new restaurant will stand at 6,900 square feet, and plans include a drive-thru that will accommodate 40 cars. Part of the restaurant will be devoted to informational displays documenting the evolution of Cathy’s Georgia diner to a nationwide franchise.