A new home for the King in Rochester?
Dolphin Real Estate Management, a firm related to Burger King franchisee Dolphin Corp., has submitted a site development plan to city officials to build a new restaurant on a long empty chunk of land at the corner of 12th Street Southeast and Marion Road Southeast.
That spot is next to the Kwik Trip station on Marion Road and across 12th Street from the Cub Foods Plaza, where Dolphin has a Burger King. It doesn't seem like too much of a speculative leap to anticipate that if the proposed restaurant is built, it would probably replace that older BK by Cub.
However, Twin Cities-based Dolphin Corp. isn't discussing its possible plans yet, since the proposed project is in such an early stage. The site development plans were just submitted to the Rochester Building Safety Department on Thursday. At this stage, it should be noted that the proposal could still see significant changes or it could even be abandoned.
Dolphin Corp. owns all three Burger King restaurants selling in the Med City. They're located along South Broadway and North Broadway, as well as in the Cub Foods center.
Dolphin arrived in Rochester when the company picked up the three restaurants in 2005. That was when Burger King took the Rochester franchise rights away from the then-franchisee Road Corp., which was owned by Girish Dharod.
There were five BKs under Road Corp. back then. However, Dolphin re-opened just three locations. They could not work out a deal with Z’s American Properties, the owner of the other two BK restaurant buildings.
The ex-Burger King restaurant at 615 S. Broadway went on to become the Mexican fast food place called Rico Mex for a time. It remained empty after Rico Mex closed and the University Minnesota Rochester bought it and demolished it last year.
The other leftover from the franchise fracas is tucked away at 4107 U.S. 52 N. on the frontage road near Harbor Freight Tools. That building has been empty for seven years. Olmsted County records still list the St. Paul-based Z’s American Properties as the owner.