Chick-fil-A is a Georgia institution unlike most others, so it’s only natural that the Atlanta Falcons’ new stadium—already a pioneer in stadium concessions—will have a Chick-fil-A.

There’s only one problem: Chick-fil-A isn’t open on Sundays anywhere in the country, and Mercedes-Benz Stadium won’t get an exception.

That means the Chick-fil-A will only be open for one regular-season Falcons game this year, because seven of the team’s eight home games are on Sundays. The only non-Sunday home game will be on a Thursday against the New Orleans Saints.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium will, of course, hold many events that aren’t Falcons games. And for Falcons fans hoping to get their Chick-fil-A fix on Sundays, an Atlanta native has a plan.

From The Washington Post:

But Falcons fans who need their breaded-chicken fix on Sunday might have a good-enough substitute. Atlanta restaurateur and former “Top Chef” contestant Kevin Gillespie will be selling his COS chicken sandwich from a stand on the 200 concourse.

COS = “closed on Sunday.”

“The fast-food chain Chick-fil-A is based here in Atlanta,” Gillespie wrote on his website along with a COS recipe. “They’re closed on Sunday for religious reasons. I respect that. But why is it that I crave a Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich almost exclusively on Sundays? It’s like clockwork. I wake up on Sunday morning and think, ‘You know what would be really good right now? A Chick-fil-A sandwich.’ Like most food companies, they guard their secret recipe. But it’s a breaded fried chicken breast on a bun with pickles. I figured I could come up with something pretty close.”

About Kevin Trahan

Kevin mostly covers college football and college basketball, with an emphasis on NCAA issues and other legal issues in sports. He is also an incoming law student. He's written for SB Nation, USA Today, VICE Sports, The Guardian and The Wall Street Journal, among others. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.