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Those 2 empty Minneapolis Burger Kings probably won't reopen

The city has rejected an effort to relaunch the two locations.

Minneapolis Whopper lovers have suffered a blow at City Hall.

On Thursday, the city's Zoning Board of Adjustment chose to deny applications to reopen two closed Burger King locations, one on Nicollet Avenue in south Minneapolis, the other on W. Broadway in north Minneapolis.

The reason? Drive-throughs. 

This past summer, the City Council approved a ban on new drive-throughs being built in Minneapolis, a move to help curb vehicle emissions. 

The ordinance doesn't affect existing drive-through joints, but it turns out the two shuttered Burger King locations are a bit of an exception.

According to the Star Tribune, because the two restaurants have been closed for more than a year, they will no longer "be able to reopen in their original condition."

The Burger King Corporation can appeal the zoning board's decision within the next few days, the paper says. 

It's not clear whether the fast food chain will go ahead with an appeal, or if they would be willing to reopen the locations without drive-through service.

BringMeTheNews has reached out to the company for comment on both. 

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