For Tony Yang the opening of Toronto’s first Chick-fil-A was not a day of protest.
Sure there were protesters from animal and gay rights organizations outside. And sure there was long line-up all day to go in and try to the offerings of American’s third largest fast food restaurant chain.
But for Tony this was about his son’s first day as the franchise’s owner at the corner of Yonge and Bloor Sts.
“I am so proud,” Tony said, through the loud chorus of protesters yelling “shame.”
No shame, however, for Tony.
“I worked throughout my life in Chinese restaurants,” the proud father said.
His sons, Wilson and William, grew up around the restaurant culture as a result.
And now Wilson is making his own mark.
“It’s fantastic,” said Tony.
Supported by his brother and his dad, as well as a large contingent of staff, Wilson dove in head first Friday as the doors opened to the public and dozens of media members stood outside to cover the demonstrations from activists.
Some protesters harassed and heckled people in line, suggesting their support of Chick-fil-A aligns they with supporting homophobia.