The resurrected Burger King in Brainerd should be ready for customers in mid-September.
Kevin Kinney, director of operations, said the fast-food restaurant is being updated to the current franchise look and standards.
“It will be like a brand new restaurant,” Kinney said.
The landscaping and parking lot are being updated along with the interior and exterior of the building. The Burger King, along Washington Street/Highway 210, has been shuttered for 18 months since it closed along with eight other Burger Kings in the state.
P3 Foods, with a Plainfield, Ill. address, went into voluntary Chapter 11 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago. After filing for Chapter 11, P3 Foods continued operations. In addition to Brainerd, the other Burger King restaurants affected by the sudden closing included seven in the Twin Cities area and one in St. Cloud.
Kinney said Cave Enterprises in Chicago purchased the Brainerd Burger King and all the others involved in the bankruptcy with plans to reopen them all, starting with the one here. Kinney said when they’ve been out in the community wearing their Burger King logo shirts, they’ve heard the interest in the restaurant.
Plans are to bring back a new play center at the front of the restaurant.
The restaurant will be open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. everyday and later on weekends. The business is looking to hire 50 employees, full time and part time, and has a sign out front noting applicants can text -- Jobs2795 -- to 411669 or go online to www.jointeamcave.com.
When the Burger King opens it will include the Impossible Whopper, a flame-grilled “burger” made from plants. The Impossible Burgers had such appeal, the company launched them nationwide.
It’s nearly Minnesota State Fair time and that means olives and business for a lakes area family.
The extended Helmer family, who have the Fried Fruit on a Stick and Fried Olives on a Stick concession stand at the state fair, introduced a new product for this season -- Peppadew Olives. The Peppadews are queen green olives stuffed with fresh garlic “nestled in a sweet peppadew pepper and ripped in a seasoned crunchy batter served with a dipping sauce.”
Carol Helmer said the item is a mix of savory, sweet and salty all in one. The Helmers are tasked with coming up with something new for fair season. Their fried olives were voted the best new fair food in 2013. The new, Helmer noted, is vegan, gluten-free and keto friendly. Their concession stand is east of the grandstand ramp.