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Chick-fil-A Is Coming to Westwood

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This could be good news for UCLA students and faculty and Westwood office-dwellers who are fans of their fast food coming with a side of controversy. Looks like Chick-fil-A is taking over the former Burger King spot at the corner of Westwood Boulevard and Le Conte Avenue.

A reader sent us a snapshot of the paperwork posted at the restaurant indicating that the Georgia-based fried chicken sandwich franchise is going to be opening up shop in that spot.

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The property appears to be owned by the Regents of the University of California, and will be leased to the Chick-fil-A franchisee, who is planning construction and alteration of the property. No opening date is known, and the Westwood location is not listed among the impending openings on the Chick-fil-A site, which gives information about openings from now until late January 2013. (Locally, there's a Chick-fil-A opening in Azusa and one in Ventura in January.)

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Chick-fil-A has been the subject of national scrutiny and controversy in recent months, thanks to the company president Dan Cathy's remarks against homosexuality and same-sex marriage. Those remarks led to both a national outpouring of support and of protest of the chain.

In Southern California, gay rights activists took part in protests and a national same sex "kiss-in" day. One L.A.-based artist took things further, though, and vandalized a Torrance Chick-fil-A, which landed him three years of probation--and he's been banned from going to Chick-fil-A during that period. We know that means there's one person who for sure won't be going to the Westwood location. But will Westwood welcome Chick-fil-A with open arms--and wallets?