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#1 of 30 OFFLINE   Michael_K_Sr

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Posted July 11 2006 - 03:28 PM

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 of 30 OFFLINE   ThomasC

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Posted July 11 2006 - 04:04 PM

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 of 30 OFFLINE   Michael_K_Sr

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Posted July 11 2006 - 04:54 PM

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 of 30 OFFLINE   Zen Butler

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Posted July 11 2006 - 06:06 PM

Dude, you live in Chicago! BK?

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#5 of 30 OFFLINE   Dennis*G

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Posted July 12 2006 - 07:17 AM

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.

#6 of 30 OFFLINE   Jack Briggs

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Posted July 12 2006 - 07:24 AM

Um, what Zen said.

#7 of 30 OFFLINE   MarkHastings

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Posted July 12 2006 - 07:47 AM

Yeah, BK doesn't seem as prevalent as it used to be.

#8 of 30 OFFLINE   DonRoeber

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Posted July 12 2006 - 08:26 AM

They have the best of all the fast food salads though. Sad Posted Image
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#9 of 30 OFFLINE   Russell G

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Posted July 12 2006 - 08:46 AM

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.

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#10 of 30 OFFLINE   Andrew Bunk

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Posted July 12 2006 - 08:48 AM

That's what happens when you let people have it their way. They bankrupt you! Posted Image

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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#11 of 30 OFFLINE   JamesED

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Posted July 12 2006 - 08:56 AM

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.

#12 of 30 OFFLINE   Zen Butler

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Posted July 12 2006 - 09:00 AM

MMMMMM Wendy's Pour a bit of chocolate frosty on every hamburger bite. Fuggedaboutit

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#13 of 30 OFFLINE   JamesED

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Posted July 12 2006 - 09:03 AM

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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.

Maybe the 5 mile walk was a mandatory court settlement. Posted Image

#14 of 30 OFFLINE   Joseph S

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Posted July 12 2006 - 09:52 AM

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but their fries have sucked for a very long time.

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.

#15 of 30 OFFLINE   Bryan X

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Posted July 12 2006 - 10:15 AM

Yeah, their fries are by far the worst. But frankly, no one can touch McD fries when they do them right.

#16 of 30 OFFLINE   Michael_K_Sr

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Posted July 12 2006 - 10:27 AM

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Dude, you live in Chicago! BK?
I didn't say that I frequent the place! Posted Image 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.

#17 of 30 OFFLINE   Zen Butler

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Posted July 12 2006 - 10:32 AM

Every time I hear "Chicago" I think of food. Posted Image

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Posted July 12 2006 - 11:00 AM

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Every time I hear "Chicago" I think of food. Posted Image

Funny, everytime I hear Chicago I think of Ferris Buellers Day Off. Posted Image

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

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#19 of 30 OFFLINE   MarkHastings

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Posted July 12 2006 - 11:29 AM

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.

#20 of 30 OFFLINE   Zen Butler

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Posted July 12 2006 - 11:44 AM

Wendy's Spicy Chicken Temptations Sandwich is yummy
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