Some of you may have already come by for a coffee, some of you may never think to set foot in here, but no one can deny that our Avondale Burger King on Belmont & Elston is unique. This location was the first to offer delivery in Chicago as well as turkey burgers and was very helpful in participating in 2013’s A Day in Avondale. Recently, the space was renovated to have more of a coffee house vibe- what does that mean? I sat down with Ray, who has owned this BK for 30 years-the only one he owns, to talk about some of the remodeling details and modern changes he has made.
Tell us about your remodeling. Our remodel was done by Princeton Builders, a fantastic Illinois firm with 100% Union Labor. They did a marvelous job for us. The furniture package is from Charter House made in the USA – Michigan. Our goal was to have a Burger King Restaurant that had the feel of a warm & inviting coffeehouse. We lowered the seating capacity from 101 seats to 78. This allowed a more spacious feel and allowed us to have counter seating, communal seating & lounge seats.
Any sustainability benefits? We replaced the old greenhouse with a new exterior look & energy efficient windows. An energy efficient HVAC smart system keeps the temperature comfortable & uses less energy, as well as fluorescent lights were replaced with energy saving LED’s & pendant lights. We also made ergonomic kitchen spaces that reduce repudiative movements. Speeds up service & makes it easier on the kitchen crew.
Did you buck any other trends? Gone are the window signs! (he’s right, there is a ton of light and no-advertizement vibe)
How about technology? We offer customers free wi-fi and Coca Cola Freestyle machines – over 100 flavors of drinks – including flavored waters & sparkling waters. We also installed GPS monitoring devices for our delivery drivers. Improves service times & is a safety mechanism for our drivers.
Anything still to come? Yes, exterior beautiful canopies, lighting & signage. In the Spring – Landscaping with native flowers, shrubs & grasses.