Classic Dunwoody. Chick-fil-A’s on its way and the chain’s newest store will be a new and hip version just for our new, hip town.

Chick-fil-A Classic, a concept that the Atlanta-based fastfood giant has been working on for a while, will debut at the new Jett Ferry and Mt. Vernon Road location and will open Thursday, May 2.

This store is slightly smaller than most as the new brick building was constructed on the same footprint as the former Arbys — just one reason why it’s the perfect location to roll out the Classics concept. There will be all of your classic favorites on the menu, but you won’t find a few extras like chicken salad and cole slaw.

What’s more, Dunwoody is the chosen spot for rolling out Chick-fil-A’s new interior decor. As part of its Heritage Design, you’ll find a fancy new decor complete with Italian tile and 5/8” solid oak wainscotting in a subtle, updated gray tone. There is room for 40 inside in a new booth design.

And more just for Dunwoody? Our newest restaurant will be managed by franchise operator Grant Wells, a New Zealander who is coming to Dunwoody by way of Rome, Ga. He and his team are ready to be a full-on part of the community and have some extra special surprises in store for patrons.

And watch out, with each Chick-fil-A opening, there will be a giveaway of a free meal for a year for the first 100 patrons through the door. The rules and the details can be seen via chick-fil-a.com, then search for “First 100” rules, but be ready to get there early —real early. (Think Wednesday, for example. And get ready to make some new friends in line.)

It’s not like playing hooky.

Students at North Springs got a day off from school last month, but instead of academic classes, they attended presentations from peers who are involved in service projects they are passionate about. After hearing of the work of Invisible Children, an effort to stop human trafficking, and volunteer opportunities at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the students set out in various directions to paint hospital art, make fleece blankets, and to prepare more than 1,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the Community Assistance Center.

Others spent the day tie-dying T-shirts and bandanas for children undergoing cancer treatment, cleaning up trash along Dalrymple Road, singing and performing for the Dogwood Forest retirement home, helping the City of Sandy Springs place signs on sewer covers to prevent waste disposal in storm drains, sorting books to send to schools in Africa, cleaning up book rooms, painting picnic tables, cleaning athletic facilities, and gardening and landscaping.

Now in its fifth year, the event is spearheaded by the co-presidents of the Student Leadership Association and the club presidents of the schools nearly 70 clubs and activities. They are assisted by the two juniors elected to serve as co-presidents the following year, and two sophomores who will fill the juniors’ roles.

“It’s a huge undertaking, especially the logistics of finding meaningful projects and keeping over 1,600 students engaged,” said Elizabeth Wilkes and David Zarge, the juniors who will co-chair the event next year. “But it’s fun for students to work with their friends on something to help others, especially right before spring break. It’s worth it.”

picketfence@bellsouth.net

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