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Burger King Shutters Doors

The long-time restaurant calls it quits. While Richfield Patch couldn't get confirmation on the exact reason, recent history could shed some light.

The Burger King recently involved with the city and has closed its doors.

As of Sept. 8, all signs and Burger King logos have been taken down and a short and sweet, printed note has been placed on doors and windows:

"Thank you for your business over the years," the note reads. "Sorry that we have closed down."

Richfield Patch contacted Dolphin Fast Food Inc. for details on its decision to close, however, its call was not returned by the time this article was published.

Given recent happenings, the shutdown may be the result of a recent dispute surrounding the Menards redevelopment.

Burger King owner Greg Dolphin (of Dolphin Fast Food Inc.), the property owners and their legal representation asked the Richfield City Council to stall the project. At that time Burger King proposed that the Menards redevelopment include moving the fast food restaurant to the northwest corner of the property. early in the design process, however, when a deal couldn't be reached Menards moved on.

Burger King reps claimed the new Menards store would be detrimental to the business, and would likely result in the restaurant closing. Burger King also threatened legal action if the council went ahead with the project. While a good case was made, the city council gave Menards its final stamp of approval that December night.

and Richfield Community Development Director John Stark told city officials in late-April 2012 he felt the city would come out on top.

“We took photos. You couldn’t see the restaurant before [from Nicollet Avenue], and you won’t see it after," Stark said in April. "No change.”

Stark told Patch Monday the lawsuit fizzled out a couple months ago when the owners of both the land and the restaurant itself found they didn't have a solid case to move forward.

Richfield Patch will update readers if Dolphin Fast Food Inc. responds with a comment.

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John September 12, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Very interested to hear why they closed. Did Burger King own the property? If so will Menards buy the property?
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) September 12, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Hi John. This is a little complicated. The location was a franchise owned by Greg Dolphin of Dolphin Fast Food Inc. The restaurant was purchased sometime ago from the original builder of the franchise, who for some reason, retained ownership of the land. So we have one person who own the restaurant and another that owns the land. All of them were together at the meeting last December. Menards is already on it's way, so I doubt it would purchase the property. I hope this helps!
John September 13, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Very interesting to say the least. Will be interesting to see what unfolds.
kristin holmes September 16, 2012 at 02:25 PM
I think menards is to big for that land you use to see buger king from 77th and nicolett before the new menards went up. This buger king is the only one I would go to. I hate when big business changs take down the little man.
Steve Soucy September 26, 2012 at 01:57 AM
I don't know if RCD Director John Stark wears glasses or not, but I'm thinking he might need new ones. You could certainly see BURGER KING from Nicollet Avenue....even if you weren't looking for it. Now, with that MONSTER STORE named Menards....you'd have had to specifically look for it. I get really tired of "City Officials" trying to make things over simplified.
Mike E September 26, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Looking at google; it is hard to see the burger king from Nicollet. http://goo.gl/maps/FbSUC I cant make it out very well...
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) September 26, 2012 at 04:33 PM
In my opinion, I would assume that Burger King would receive most of its traffic from being seen on I-494. It can also be seen going northbound on Nicollet Avenue to certain point. Southbound is a different story. It would've been nice if Menards and BK could've worked something out. I'm still working on finding out the "real" reason for closing.
Joe Hoover November 14, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Burger King and Dolphin Fast Food Inc are the "little man"? Hardly. It was sad that it couldn't be worked out, but from the sound of it Dolphin Fast Food Inc mishandled it from the beginning.
Joe Hoover November 14, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Agreed. I would love to know the real reason myself. I doubt it was the new Menards.
Tom January 06, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Greg Dolphin claims he was just was plain going to lose business in that location due to Menards being built so huge. He wanted to move to the corner where the old chi chi's was but got denied. So he said cya. His lease for the land was up and away he went.

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