BK working on longer hours, but not 24

Duke and King Acquisition Corp. representatives are working with the city and community members to assuage overnight loitering.

Katherine Lymn

Stadium Village Burger King will not offer 24-hour service again in the future, but is working with community members on lengthening the current hours. Jim Erickson , lawyer for the Duke and King Acquisition Corp. which franchises the location, said the decision not to reopen the Burger King for the earliest morning hours was both for business and to benefit the community. âÄúWe donâÄôt make money in those few âĦ early morning hours,âÄù he said, adding employees will be able to clean the store during the few hours it will be closed. Stadium Village businesses have complained of the overnight loiterers at the Burger King, and Erickson said the store hopes to eliminate this problem with the new hours. Nancy Rose Pribyl , president of the Stadium Village Commercial Association , said she is happy to see the franchiseâÄôs involvement in the community. âÄúAs a whole, the businesses down here seem to be pretty pleased [with the new hours],âÄù she said. Students, whose late-night lifestyle made them prime customers for the later hours, approached the store and helped arrange a petition to lengthen hours, Erickson said. âÄúStudent life is 24 hours a day, so we served that population and when that got cut off âĦ they were upset and said âÄòwhat can we do,âÄôâÄù Erickson said. This petition will be presented as part of a community forum which is required to obtain the conditional use permit. A CUP is necessary to be open beyond the Stadium Village zoning districtâÄôs hours, which are 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. weekdays, and to 11 p.m. on weekends, said Minneapolis license inspector Michele Olds . Olds caught the establishmentâÄôs operating violation after complaints of loiterers from the Minneapolis Police Department. Erickson said the Burger King had been operating 24 hours a day for at least seven years before being caught without the appropriate permit. Lobbyist Peter Roos has been working with the community on establishing new hours, applying for the CUP and being a âÄúgood business partner,âÄù Erickson said. Pribyl and Roos discussed other solutions as well, like having the dining room closed for certain hours but converting the drive-thru window to a walk-up window, Pribyl said. âÄúIt might be of greater appeal to people who are foot traffic in the immediate area,âÄù she said, âÄúbut it wouldnâÄôt necessarily be pulling people in from other areas just to hang out.âÄù