Campers brave snow for free food at new Chick-fil-A restaurant in Denver

DENVER - Dozens of tents have popped up in the snow outside the new Chick-fil-A restaurant in Denver that hasn't even opened yet.

That's because the first 100 adults at the restaurant's opening at 6 a.m. on Thursday will get free Chick-fil-A meals for a year. Meals for a year is defined as one meal per week for a year, officials said.

The new Chick-fil-A is on Hampden Avenue at Tamarac Square. Restaurant officials said it's the first stand-alone Chick-fil-A in Denver proper.

Chick-fil-A started in Atlanta in 1967. The restaurant ended up in the middle of a controversy last year when the CEO publicly opposed same-sex marriage. After LGBT rights activists called for protests and boycotts of the chain, the restaurant said it would leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and the political arena.