Return of the King
Today marks the return of the King in Rochester.
As the sun rose, the Burger King restaurants at 1550 N. Broadway and 2630 S. Broadway re-opened under new ownership, Dolphin Fast Food, Inc.
The BK at 1021 15th Ave. S.E. is slated to open Wednesday or Thursday, said owner Greg Dolphin.
“We’re excited about turning that market around to bring it up to the quality of the market that we have (at their 14 Twin Cities locations),” he said.
Monday was the first day Minnesapolis-based Dolphin owned the restaurants, although the firm has been hiring staff and working on the buildings for more than a month.
Amid the hustle of last-minute work Monday, Dolphin said the revamped restaurants will offer free wireless Internet connections to customers, serving as “wi-fi hotspots.”
New cash registers will allow the BKs to accept credit cards to pay for that Whopper or whatever.
Dolphin said his teams are working to bring the Rochester sites up to his company’s food quality and deliver time standards. The average drive-through deliver time is 2 minutes and 30 seconds, he said.
The three restaurants closed at the beginning of May. Two other Rochester Burger Kings and ones in Winona, Kasson and Apple Valley went dark about the same time. All eight of those eateries were owned by Rochester-based franchisee Road Corp.
Girish Dharod, Road Corp.’s owner, said his business and Burger King’s corporate office in Miami were in a dispute over to whom he could sell the restaurants.
Dharod was not available for comment on this story and his Rochester office number has been disconnected.
Burger King terminated Road Corp.’s franchise contract at the end of 2004. Road Corp. continued to operate under the Burger King name as the corporation blocked its access to logo-covered cups, napkins and other materials.