In the Broadway Avenue parking lot outside Boise's soon-to-open Chick-fil-A restaurant, the nine-member Beus family settled into their oversize tent, complete with power generators, heaters, iPods and plenty of reading material.
"I think this is my sixth," said Brant Beus, referring to how many times the family has camped out in advance of a Chick-fil-A opening, to receive 52 free meals as part of the chain's promotion when opening a new restaurant.
The Beus family told Citydesk that they love Chick-fil-A so much that they drove to Boise all the way from their Ogden, Utah, home.
Two trucks—one of them an old Wonder Bread delivery van—were packed with camping supplies. The family pitches its large white tent in parking lots by holding it down with propane tanks. Inside, cots stood on carpeting laid down on the pavement, and portable heaters warmed the inside.
A year's supply of Chick-fil-A meals awaits members of the Beus family, each of them holding spots in line to be a few of the restaurant's first 100 customers.
At 6 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, the restaurant will pass out the prize tickets, and the Beus family plans to head back to Utah, apparently with full bellies.