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What's up with Burger King?

Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by Michael_K_Sr, Jul 11, 2006.

  1. Michael_K_Sr

    Michael_K_Sr Well-Known Member

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    No, I'm not talking about the guy in the freaky plastic King mask. I'm talking about the company. It's hard to believe there isn't a single full service Burger King restaurant in all of downtown Chicago. There's only a single Burger King Express in a food court...the kind you might see at an airport. When I first started working downtown there must have been a dozen locations. Now none remain. It makes you think the company has some serious financial problems. What's more, at least half of the locations out in the suburbs where I live seem to be closed as well. A couple have signs that they are closed for "renovations", but those signs have been up for 3-4 months or more. What gives?
     
  2. ThomasC

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    What's your definition of downtown Chicago? A search for BK restaurants within 5 miles of Chicago on BK's website came up with 14 locations.
     
  3. Michael_K_Sr

    Michael_K_Sr Well-Known Member

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    Don't know of too many people willing to take a five mile walk on their lunch break to a BK or anywhere else for that matter. The business district has but a single limited menu walkup location.When you are talking about the nation's #2 burger chain and the largest city in the midwest, 14 restaurants within 78 square miles is nothing. Even a town like Omaha has 18 restaurants within a five mile radius. The point is that all of these restaurants have vanished over the last 5-6 years and show no signs of coming back.
     
  4. Zen Butler

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    Dude, you live in Chicago! BK?
     
  5. Dennis*G

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    we used to have 5 BK's in our city, now there are 2. This is a city with 100,000 people. All of our Hardees have closed also. About 6 mcdonalds though. That was about 2 years ago the BK's closed.
     
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    Um, what Zen said.
     
  7. MarkHastings

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    Yeah, BK doesn't seem as prevalent as it used to be.
     
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    They have the best of all the fast food salads though. Sad [​IMG]
     
  9. Russell G

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    Anyone see the low carb whopper? It's the meat and lettuce, no bun. And more expensive than a Whopper. I saw it a couple of years ago, when Burger King was a novelty.

    In Edmonton, there was a local company that had set up a bunch of "Burger Kings" and they owned the rights to the name. As a result, the US Burger king couldn't open in Edmonton. It wasn' until about 10 years ago that BK got the rights, and the local company became "Burger Baron". The local company has both cheper and way tastier burgers.

    Now that you all know this, I expect you to run with this knowledge and share it with the world!
     
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    That's what happens when you let people have it their way. They bankrupt you! [​IMG]

    Seriously, I've noticed the McD-to-BK ratio has gone seriously out of proportion in the Chicago area since I was a kid.

    Helll, even when I lived in Manhattan 9 years back, I can only think of one BK I saw regularly (about 14th and 6th Ave IIRC), but there lots of McD's and Wendy's.

    Personally, I haven't gone to a BK in quite a while. Their burgers are still OK, but their fries have sucked for a very long time. I cannot remember the last time I got hot fries from BK. Maybe that's the problem.
     
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    I never cared for Whopper, so they lost my (seldom) business when they dropped the BK Broiler. I haven't even bothered trying their spicey chicken sandwich. Is it any good? I love Wendy's, and new McDonald's one is different, but also pretty good.
     
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    MMMMMM Wendy's Pour a bit of chocolate frosty on every hamburger bite. Fuggedaboutit
     
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    Maybe the 5 mile walk was a mandatory court settlement. [​IMG]
     
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    The fries are horrible and the #1 reason I never even consider going there. I love the ads, but I haven't been to BK in years at this point.
     
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    Yeah, their fries are by far the worst. But frankly, no one can touch McD fries when they do them right.
     
  16. Michael_K_Sr

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    I didn't say that I frequent the place! [​IMG] I'm up for a good steak or pizza over a chain eatery any day of the week. It's just whenever BK comes out with a new advertising camapaign, I'm always struck by their heavily reduced presence out here.
     
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    Every time I hear "Chicago" I think of food. [​IMG]
     
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    Funny, everytime I hear Chicago I think of Ferris Buellers Day Off. [​IMG]

    I knew that spooky-ass King would have a negative effect on business in the long run, hell, he kept me away.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Even though BK is #2, I definitely think Wendy's is edging them out. I'm sure that's why BK is doing all of this new "hard core" advertising.

    I would definitely put Wendy's ahead of BK. I'm not crazy about BK's burgers, but their chicken sandwiches are great, but as most have said, their fries are what turn me to McD's and Wendy's.
     
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    Wendy's Spicy Chicken Temptations Sandwich is yummy
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