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.
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