Chick-fil-A has some of the most loyal customers in America. This story is going to increase that following. When a local Florida man turned 100, staffers at his favorite local Chick-fil-A restaurant went all-out for a surprise birthday celebration.
On September 21, Stephen Bellissimo visited the popular chain in Oldsmar, Florkda. It is his weekly ritual. This time he was shocked to find the restaurant full of family, friends and decorations on his milestone birthday.
“Oh I think this just one great surprise for me. I didn’t expect anything like this,” the centenarian told a local news source there for the festivities in his honor.
According to the local chain, Bellissimo has been frequenting this same Chick-fil-A on a near daily basis for the last 20 years. He is known for “eating at the same booth virtually every day, ordering almost the same thing, and staying for several hours.” Bellissimo is a beloved regular, affectionately known as “Mr. Steve.”
Because of a fall last year, he had to move in with his son, so his visits now are only once a week. As his 100th birthday approached, Chick-fil-A was the natural place to celebrate.
“He makes everyone here feel loved and welcomed,” Brittani Craft, marketing director for Chick-fil-A, said. At the event, Bellissimo was awarded an enviable gift: free Chick-fil-A for life.
“That is the best gift I could ever receive! Thank you very much!” the birthday boy said with a laugh when he heard the news.
“Can I get my same booth? I can’t believe it,” he said with a big smile. “Instead of coming once a week now I’m coming every day!”
Video of Bellissimo’s birthday celebrations has since gone viral on Facebook with over 243,000 views. Watch the clip below and see why so many have expressed such delight. We look forward to seeing your comments.