The End of an Era

WAIT! They tore the Dwarf House down?

The End of an Era

Hiram Brambila, Co-Associate Editor

Since March 30, 2017, people passing the demolished Chick-Fil-A Dwarf House in Newnan, GA have felt a sense of nostalgia for simple, sit-down family dinners. Others, however, are looking forward to an updated new restaurant that will be called “Truett’s Chick-fil-A.” The new restaurant will have many of the same features as the dwarf house like full-service tables, a self-service area and a drive through. One difference in the new restaurant is that the full-service will be larger than the original Dwarf House.  

Many remember The Dwarf House opening day as a day to remember. The grand opening in 1993, was a huge fanfest. It was such a big deal that the Newnan High marching band even performed. When the restaurant opened, it sat alone on that side of Bullsboro Drive. Ashley Park and the Newnan Crossing shopping center were fields of trees.

Gayle French Butler,  one of the first employees at the Dwarf House said, “I  remember them telling us all of that land that was going to be developed. All I could think was – no way. Since we had to go to Fayetteville for bowling and skating, and Shannon Mall for the movies.” The Dwarf House was just the beginning  of something huge that the city of Newnan has waited for.

Disney ©

There have been rumors that the reason the new Chick-Fil-A is having its name change is because of The Walt Disney Company. There have been comments on social media that Chick-Fil-A has to pay Disney for the use of the word “dwarf.” People thought this would be a copyright issue that is related to “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.” Senior project coordinator in the operations at Chick-Fil-A’s corporate office, Julie Lindeman said, “That is a myth.” The Dwarf House was simply in need of expansion.

Photo courtesy of the Newnan Times-Herald

Newnan’s Chick-Fil-A’s Dwarf house has been demolished to make way for the new restaurant which will be called “Truett’s Chick-Fil-A.” The naming of this Chick-Fil-A is to carry on the legacy of Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-Fil-A. There is a temporary drive-through restaurant until the new one opens. Although a family favorite has come to an end, the future is bright and everyone should be excited to see what is in store for the city of Newnan.  “We hope for it to be the first of many,” Lindeman said.