Demolition is taking place on the Applebee’s Grill and Bar at 2299 Richmond Road in front of Southland Christian Church.
Chick-fil-A, the Atlanta-based fast-serve chicken chain, plans to open a restaurant there later this summer.
Chick-fil-A has Lexington restaurants at 2025 Harrodsburg Road; 2514 Nicholasville Road; Fayette Mall, 3401 Nicholasville Road; Hamburg Place, 1863 Plaudit Place; and at the University of Kentucky.
Chick-fil-A spokeswoman Brenda Morrow confirmed in early January that the restaurant is coming to that spot.
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Chick-fil-A is the largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain in the United States based on annual system-wide sales. It serves a wide variety of sandwiches, salads and wraps, but its staple item is the original chicken sandwich, a seasoned boneless breast of chicken that is hand-breaded and pressure-cooked in peanut oil, then served on a bun with dill pickle chips.
The Applebee’s Grill and Bar closed in 2016.
Manager Gary Felician said the restaurant lost its lease on the location.