Our Story

With more than 1700 restaurants and 50 years under his belt, Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy opened Truett’s Luau in December of 2013

At the age of 92, Truett wanted his last project to be a special restaurant with an environment focused on having fun and celebrating life with family and friends. For Truett, that brought to mind Hawaiian Luaus.

Nearly every piece of décor used in the restaurant was handpicked by Truett himself. Throughout the planning and building process, Truett made frequent trips to the site to ensure everything was in line with his vision to "bring Hawaii to Fayetteville."

Beginning with Truett’s notes and doodles on a 3×5 index card, this Restaurant has now become the largest in the Chick-fil-A portfolio at 8,000 square feet, providing guests with a one of a kind experience that combines the hospitality driven spirit of Chick-fil-A with the casual, family loving essence of Hawaii.

Truett Cathy


From the start of the project, Truett knew exactly what he wanted on the Luau menu. As the recipes were developed, he tasted each one and provided feedback on how to make each dish just right. Truett’s hands-on involvement made the Luau menu what it is today – a direct reflection of his taste for quality, great tasting food.

Host Doug Mickey


Doug Mickey grew up in Atlanta and has spent over 30 years in Fayette County. Before coming on staff at Chick-fil-A’s home office in 1983, Doug worked in the banking industry and also served as Belhaven University’s Director of Admissions for some time. Since 1991, Doug has been the Operator of the Fayetteville Dwarf House.

Doug and his wife, Sally, are now enjoying their fourth decade of marriage! They have four grown children, and are also happy grandparents.

In 2013, Truett asked Doug to be the Operator of Truett’s Luau. Doug is delighted to be spending the next phase of his long Chick-Fil-A career at such a fantastic restaurant.