HAZLET, NJ: April 1, Chick-fil-A, officially opened its 48th location in New Jersey, and that's no April fool's joke! Thousands of cars lined up throughout the day, to enjoy delicious chicken! 

The mouthwatering moment so many locals have been waiting for is happening now! Chick-fil-A Hazlet is open from 6:30 a.m. (yes they serve breakfast too) until 10:00 p.m. So get your appetite on and drive over to 2819 Route 35 (in the Hazlet shopping plaza that contains the Cinemark Theatre and Costco). 

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The restaurant will be open for drive-thru customers and pick-up at first, as all new Chick-Fil-A locations are taking additional time to review operations and make sure appropriate precautions are in place before opening their dining rooms, to ensure the safety of guests and team members” amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a release from the company. Customers can also use contactless ordering and payment through Chick-fil-A’s mobile app.

TAPinto Hazlet was on the scene Tuesday as Chick-Fil-A Hazlet owner Brandon Jones, his wife Jennifer, sons Gabriel and Dakotah (daughter Aly was unable to attend), Chick-Fil-A team members, the Mayor of Hazlet, members of Hazlet Business Owner's Association, local Scouts and community members, gathered for the celebratory ribbon cutting.

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“Becoming an operator in Monmouth County is a dream that has been a decade in the making and I couldn’t be more thrilled to finally see it come to life,” Brandon Jones, the owner/operator of the Hazlet location, said in a statement. “I look forward to making this restaurant a cornerstone of the community, creating a place that delivers great food with excellent service and provides personal and professional growth opportunities for team members.” Jones commented to TAPinto Tuesday, "Even more important than our ribbon cutting is the raising of our American Flag. We would not be able to have a business if it were not for our Flag."  The event wrapped up with a beautiful flag raising ceremony, orchestrated by Hazlet Chick-Fil-A, Owner, Brandon Jones, Hazlet's PIO Christina Johnson, and local scout troops from Holmdel and Hazlet. 

The Hazlet location will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday. ChickFil-A is closed on Sundays. Instead of a traditional grand opening, the restaurant will be “surprising 100 local heroes making an impact in Monmouth County with free Chick-fil-A for a year,” and will also donate $25,000 to Feeding America, the company said.

Chick-Fil-A is known for its chicken sandwiches, chicken nuggets and tenders, signature waffle fries and its various dipping sauces.