Despite controversy, Chick-fil-A opens at Denver International Airport

DENVER - Chick-fil-A was cleared for landing after a turbulent flight to Denver International Airport. The chain opened a restaurant in the center of the B Concourse Wednesday.

Wednesday’s opening comes after an attempt last year from the Denver City Council to stall the deal because of the company’s reputation as an opponent of same-sex marriage.

The Business Development Committee had concerns that the restaurant’s profits made at DIA would fund anti-gay groups and damage the reputation of the airport. 

In 2012 Chick-fil-A's president publicly reaffirmed his support of what he called the "biblical definition of the family unit" that did not include same-sex marriage. He has since said he regrets inserting the company into political debates.

A 2013 survey at DIA showed the chicken sandwich chain was the second-most suggested fast food at the airport, following Chipotle, which did not apply for the spot.

The airport location is a joint venture between Concessions International and Delarosa Restaurant Concepts and will operate Monday through Saturday.

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