Following our article that seasoned the community’s curiosity regarding the local Burger King, Blair’s residents are now serving up a platter of opinions on what fast food establishments they yearn for, and the ingredients necessary for success.
Since our last article, the sign out front reads simply, “Under New Management.” As we wrote last time, we want to see Burger King succeed, and hope this is a sign they want to earn back their spot at 10th and Washington.
Residents Crave a Smorgasbord of Options
The comments on our article show Blair folks have taste buds as varied as an international buffet. And, many are ready to move on should Burger King not make it here in Blair. “I don’t think I could pick, I would equally enjoy both,” K.D. said about Arby’s or Popeyes. “Panda Express, Arby’s, Sonic… anything to break up the same old burger joints,” said A.D., while J.R. chimed in, “I’d love to see a Culver’s here!”
M.L. was excited about the possibility of Chick-Fil-A or Abelardos Mexican Fresh, and when challenged about the need for another Mexican eatery, retorted, “Abelardos offers more authentic options and flexible hours, which would be a great addition.”
Meanwhile, P.R. expressed love for Raising Cane’s chicken and also brought Applebee’s into the mix, calling it “a great family restaurant with very good food.”
Not to be outdone, L.J.S. confessed a longing for Long John Silver’s, asserting, “The quality of the food is incomparable.”
The list of choices to replace Burger King included:
- Panda Express
- Abelardos Mexican Fresh
- Raising Cane’s
- Long John Silver’s
A Side of Concerns
It’s not just the menu that’s got folks talking; concerns about management and cleanliness were ladled onto the discussion:
K.W. explained, “We have to consider that finding good help is a challenge, and management plays a crucial role in any establishment.”
E.J., a former Burger King employee, opened up. “I tried hard to make changes,” she confessed, “But management and cleanliness were ongoing issues.”
T.M. voiced a sentiment that resonated with many, saying, “A place that focuses on cleanliness and good customer service would be a breath of fresh air!”
S.R. concurred, adding, “It’s important that whoever steps in to replace Burger King maintains high standards. This is our community, and we deserve the best.”
N.G., a parent, emphasized the importance of a family-friendly atmosphere, stating, “I’d like a place where I can bring my kids without worrying about the cleanliness or the attitude of the staff.”
- Blair residents have a rich palette, craving everything from Arby’s and Popeyes to Panda Express and Chick-Fil-A.
- Authenticity and diversity in menu options are important to the community.
- Finding good help and effective management are acknowledged challenges.
- Cleanliness, customer service, and family-friendly atmospheres are high priorities.
- The community is deeply invested in the quality and values of establishments that become part of their town.
All Eyes on the Table
With a cornucopia of fast-food desires and a side of well-done concerns, Blair has shown itself to be a community deeply engaged in the choices that shape its food landscape. Our town’s residents gave entrepreneurs a detailed menu to peruse. Now it’s up to the businesses to cook up an establishment that not only satisfies cravings but also honors the values and priorities of this close-knit community. Will they deliver? Blair is eagerly waiting to place its order.
The truth is, if Burger King doesn’t want to serve Blair, Blair will happily choose someone who will. It’s clear that for the local Burger King in Blair, Nebraska, the time is now to win back customers who are actively looking for other choices. It’s a tough sell – and, we are not sure they can do it. But, we are pulling for them and hope they listen to the thoughtful, honest opinions of Blair folks who just want a better burger at Burger King.