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February 25, 2011 > Burger King re-opens

Burger King re-opens

By Simon Wong
Photo by Simon Wong

Following the demolition and $700,000 re-build of the fast-food chain's restaurant at 29671 Mission Boulevard (at Industrial Parkway), Hayward, Mayor Mike Sweeney, Councilmen Bill Quirk and Mark Salinas, Hayward Chamber of Commerce, friends, and guests helped the Laungani family celebrate the Grand Re-opening of Burger King.

Several months ago, Dilip Laungani, who came to the US in 1972, decided to renew his 20-year franchise agreement with Burger King Corporation (BK), the second-largest fast food hamburger chain in the world. His restaurant is the first in the Bay Area to sport the company's "20/20"design. The 20/20 look is described as "contemporary, edgy and futuristic."

Laungani, a former scientist, has a location in San Jose and another in Daly City's Serramonte Center. His nephews, one of whom is a partner, assist with the running of the business. His daughter, Kaajal, spent several years in research before deciding on a change of career, realizing how hard her father had worked for his family, and is now following in his footsteps and learning about the business.

"I wanted an energy-efficient store as part of the re-build and new design. The kitchen layout is more efficient and conducive to workflow which means we serve our drive-thru customers more quickly. What's been done should help conserve energy," explained Laungani. The restaurant has LED lighting throughout and much of the kitchen equipment is ENERGY STAR-rated.

"Everything has to be approved by BK. We must ensure the corporate image and meet the city's requirements," explained Phillip Moss, Senior Architect, VMI Architecture which was responsible for the design of the re-opened Mission Boulevard restaurant.

"The time to complete each project varies. This one took about 12 weeks because it was built from scratch," added Craig Miller, President, Miller Pacific, Inc. specialists in commercial construction.

The Mission Boulevard building has metal siding considered energy-friendly; it was fashioned from recycled material and, in turn, can be recycled easily. The energy-efficient roof reduces the heating bill by approximately 30 percent. Wall insulation has been upgraded to reduce the energy needed to cool the building.

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