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Hardee's to Replace Plainfield Burger King

The Route 59 eatery recently changed hands.

Credit: Patch file photo
Credit: Patch file photo
Fast food is coming full circle in Plainfield.

According to village planner Michael Garrigan, a Hardee's restaurant is slated to replace the shuttered Burger King restaurant at 16020 S. Route 59.

"Hardee's was actually the first fast-food restaurant in Plainfield," Garrigan said. The first Plainfield Hardee's opened at 15521 S. Route 59 in the early 1980s, he said. Since the original Hardee's closed, the location has served as home to Joyce Lee Chinese buffet and, more recently, Route 59 Grill.

While the Route 59 Grill has remained vacant since 2011, the recently closed Burger King won't be empty for long, Garrigan said.

The new owner has already submitted paperwork for the necessary signage and cosmetic changes needed to transform the eatery into a Hardee's.

Burger King, located in the Vintage Harvest Retail Center near HomeTown Fitness, closed in recent weeks. According to LoopNet.com, the 3,100-square-foot property was listed three weeks ago with a selling price of $1.2 million. "Motivated owner wants to move on to other opportunities," the listing said.

The cosmetic changes to the property can be approved administratively and do not require village board approval, Garrigan said. 

Hardee's, known for its charbroiled burgers, isn't the only new fast-food restaurant coming to Plainfield. A new McDonald's will open Feb. 5 at 135th Street and Route 30, according to owner Nick Kory. 

Read: New McDonald's Opening Soon in Plainfield

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Joel Craig January 07, 2014 at 10:44 AM
Seems that BK always struggled. In the early days, service was atrocious, maybe it never really shook off that rep with the locals. Food and service were ok enough whenever I would stop by. It never was the greatest location either, sitting down there in that hole. Plus you have to drive all the way around the building and exit in back to get out of the drive thru. You'd think Hardee's would have preferred there original location, maybe they just built too big a building to begin with. Oh well, most of us shouldn't be eating at either place :-)
k.free87 January 07, 2014 at 02:59 PM
They should put the new hardees where the old one was. Much easier access!
Miguel Sanchez January 07, 2014 at 04:39 PM
Welcome back Hardee's! I wonder if their menu is the same as that of Carl's Jr?

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