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McDonald's Hamburgers / King's Chef Chinese Restaurant, 1217 Sunset Drive: January 2012 (open again)   12 comments

Posted at 12:44 am in closing

Driving down Sunset to North Main the other day, I noticed that King's Chef Chinese Restaurant is closed -- closed and fenced off, to be exact. I'm not entirely sure when this happened, but I drove by a number of times in December and didn't notice anything wrong, so I'm guessing January.

Just from looking at the building, it was evident that it had been a chain fast-food place of some sort before King's Chef moved in, and a glance at my 1997 phonebook confirms that the original tenant was McDonald's. I don't recall when that closed (and don't have the directories at home to research it), but I think King's Chef has been there a good while, so I would guess early 2000s.

King's Chef is not the only re-purposed fast food in the area. Almost directly across the street is a Long John Silver's which has been turned into a TitleMax. (And of course, the Family Dollar next to King's Chef is a re-purposed Eckerd Drugs.)

UPDATE 6 February 2012: Commenter Thomas notes that there was a fire here and that they are rehabilitating the building, so I have appended "temporary" to the post title.

UPDATE 18 September 2012 -- It's open again (and has been for a while):


Written by ted on February 6th, 2012

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  1. There was a fire in the kitchen a month or two ago. They are in the process of repairing the restaurant. Last I heard they do plan on reopening.


    6 Feb 12 at 8:58 am

  2. Thank you Thomas. I pass by this place regularly but was wondering what the heck was going on.

    Truth be told, I thought this was a former Burger that as it may, the Brandi, Inc. BK within walking distance of this one is closed for remodeling


    6 Feb 12 at 12:17 pm

  3. this looks like a burger king


    7 Feb 12 at 8:01 pm

  4. I concur with this being a Burger King, by my recollection. Although I could be wrong.


    7 Feb 12 at 8:33 pm

  5. It's got remnants of a McDonald's mansard roof and it's hard to argue with the 1997 phone book.


    7 Feb 12 at 8:50 pm

  6. It was a McDonald's for years and years. I remember stopping there on a regular basis as a child. The Burger King was always where it is now.


    7 Feb 12 at 9:33 pm

  7. Before it was King's Chef, it was a Popeye's.


    9 Feb 12 at 10:08 pm

  8. I think it WAS a BK Lounge originally, then a M.C. Donalds..or the other way around..but it's been there since I know the late 70's or very early 80's. It was built before the Beltline Drive-In was torn down to make way for Sams. I cant remember for sure..because I'm senile.


    9 Feb 12 at 10:37 pm

  9. earlier this week there was a roadsige signage indicating that it anticipates reopening on March 30 (Celine Dion's birthday that will be Easter in 2059)


    17 Mar 12 at 7:34 pm

  10. Drove by today and they are open for buisness


    2 Apr 12 at 5:37 pm

  11. I second Thomas's motion that this place has risen from the ashes of the fire to reopen


    3 Apr 12 at 8:56 pm

  12. Folks this building has been razed (nothing more than dirt)...


    26 Sep 20 at 5:40 pm

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