Finding the current Chick-fil-A controversy a bit difficult to swallow? Here’s a gay-friendly, equality-minded solution for the poultry-deprived this weekend. Urban Cannibals Bodega + Bites owners Calavino Donati and her wife Doria Roberts tell Dish, thanks to last weekend’s overwhelming response to their Two Chicks-Fil-A brunch, the menu special is back this Saturday and Sunday at their East Atlanta Village-based business at 477 Flat Shoals Avenue from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Yes, they’re open on Sundays.
The two human rights activists rallied last week to respond to Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy‘s recently published views on “the biblical definition of the family unit,” marriage and his fried chicken’s emporium’s unwavering corporate commitment to remaining betrothed to your first wife.
“It was crazy!” Donati tells us of the response last weekend. Customers were very enthusiastic and the feedback was very appreciative. A lot of straight families with their children came out in support as well as those in the gay community.”
We scored a copy of the brunch menu directly from Roberts via email: Two-Chicks-Fil-A: A lightly battered oven-fried chicken breast on a buttered roll with dill pickle slices; Two-Chicks-Fil-A Deluxe: The above, enhanced with organic spring mix, tomato and cheese; Two Spicy Chicks: The above with bodega bumble mustard and mayo; Two-Chicks-Club: A grilled version and naturally, Two-Chicks Chicken ‘n Biscuit and an egg and cheese enhanced variation of the breakfast sandwich. While diners will pay a bit more for the Two Urban Cannibals’ alternative, the mom-and-mom business last weekend donated 20-percent of sales to Just Us Atl.
“Making a profit was not what this was about for us,” Donati tells us.
Between baking batches of sanctimony-free brunch biscuits, Roberts, a longtime Atlanta singer-songwriter and activist, is keeping busy these days taking on Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll via Twitter after the longtime-married Carroll denied an alleged lesbian affair, saying “Black women who look like me don’t usually engage [in same-sex relationships].” In response, Roberts took the issue global with the Twitter hashtag #thisiswhatalesbianlookslike. Women have sent in photos of themselves from as far away as Norway and The Huffington Post created a photo gallery based on the response (on Thursday, Carroll apologized for making the remarks).
Explains Roberts: “We’ve all been absorbing a lot of bullying lately from people who have the loudest microphones and so we’re just pushing back a little bit the only way we know how: through our food, friends and our fan base. We want to focus on the people who support us no matter what and have a little fun doing it.”
Photo of Donati and Roberts by Adam Bouska