Express debuts in Cartersville as Chick-fil-A prepares for demolition, new store. Rome’s Dwarf House hosts a reunion as it prepares for remake.

Express debuts in Cartersville as Chick-fil-A prepares for demolition, new store. Rome’s Dwarf House hosts a reunion as it prepares for remake.

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The summer of change is under way for Chick-fil-A in Northwest Georgia as the Cartersville restaurant is now closed, awaiting a new building, and the Dwarf House location on Shorter Avenue will follow on June 22.

Friday was the final day of service for the Cartersville restaurant and the temporary replacement — an “express” location with food delivered from the Chick-fil-A in Emerson — opened Saturday in the nearby shopping center. One passenger in each of the first 75 vehicles to visit went home with a free chicken biscuit.

The express location is open weekdays and Saturday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. while the replacement restaurant is built. Look for a return in October.

In Rome, there were more emotions on Saturday as the Chick-fil-A Dwarf House prepares for its final two weeks. Saturday evening, from 6 until 8 p.m., former associates from the restaurant stopped by to see old friends. At the corner of Shorter Avenue and the entrance to Midtown Crossing shopping center, they — and others — were greeted with the countdown sign, still showing double digits but not for long.

The finale is June 22 with a reopening set for November. In the interim, the Riverside location — constructed from containers — serves most of what is on a traditional Chick-fil-A menu. The mall location remains open at normal hours as well.

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