ELMSFORD, N.Y. -- The Burger King on Tarrytown Road, in Elmsford, still looks like a construction site, surrounded by unpaved ground and heaps of earth.
But its owners said, after a yearlong renovation, it will finally reopen to customers next week, and this time 24/7.
Peg Canniff, David Sutz and cousins Albert Bijou and Eli Dweck gathered Tuesday afternoon in what will be the new dining room, amid a confusion of engineering drawings, tools and workers toiling around. The quartet, which owns four other Burger King franchises in New York, Yorktown, Fishkill and Scarsdale, said that they didnt expect the project to take so long.
We had many construction delays, Canniff said, with Bijou pointing to the winter snow as the main culprit.
They decided to knock down the old building in September 2010 to solve the problem of cars backing up into Tarrytown Road and disrupting the traffic. The new drive-through route will loop around the entire perimeter of the building, making the service faster, Sutz said.
By relocating the building, we dont have a conflict between the people driving through and the ones who want to park, he said.
The Village of Elmsford gave its input to the new design, taking into account not only the efficiency but also the architecture, according to Michael C. Mills, the villages clerk and administrator. To harmonically blend into the neighborhood, the new building will have a style similar to the Bed Bath & Beyond store behind it, he said.
Its going to be visually pleasant to the village, Mills said.
The drive-through, which in the past opened 24 hours only from Thursday to Sunday, will now be 24/7, with the dining room opening from 6 a.m. to midnight. Bijou said that the new business hours were also subjected to discussion.
People have a different opinion whether they like 24 hours or not, he said.
But they arrived at the conclusion that, with no residences around, the 24/7 schedule wont be a problem. The village agrees.
Its not going to bother anybody, Mills said.
In fact, somebody already tweeted that people in the area will rejoice.
Besides opening 24/7, the new Burger King will also have free wireless. Good news for reporters too.
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