Get ready for chicken sandwiches and waffle fries, Columbia Heights: The DC USA complex is getting its long-rumored Chick-fil-A.

(Tim Carman/The Washington Post) (Tim Carman/The Washington Post)

The fast-food brand, which keeps all of its locations closed on Sundays, has been expanding in East Coast cities, having recently announced locations in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, Sixth Avenue in New York and now Columbia Heights. Chick-fil-A spokesman Bernard Hendrix said the new location would open by late fall, joining a D.C. outlet at Catholic University's student center and a roving Chick-fil-A food truck.

Chick-fil-A was involved in a national controversy a few years ago over its president's views on same-sex marriage and donations to anti-LGBT causes by a related charitable foundation. In 2012, former D.C. mayor Vincent Gray referred to the brand's food as "hate chicken," saying he opposed its expansion into D.C.

But despite its detractors, Chick-fil-A has many rabid fans who salivate at the thought of its perfectly crispy fried chicken sandwiches topped with pickles and who, if the food truck is any indication, are willing to wait in long lines for their fix.

Earlier this week, the brand announced a deal to give baseball fans free chicken sandwiches each time the Nationals record a save at home, similar to a promotion that means free chicken for Wizards fans (and Lionel Messi) when an opposing player misses two free throws.

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