There may yet be life in a pair of long-defunct Burger King locations in Minneapolis.
The fast-food chain has won an appeal of a December 12 City Council vote that all but doomed any hope of reopening the two stores.
On Thursday, the Zoning & Planning Committee voted to reverse that decision, approving the company's plans to revive the restaurants — located on Nicollet Avenue in south Minneapolis and W. Broadway in north Minneapolis.
The big stumbling block for Burger King was a city ordinance, passed last summer, that forbids any new drive-throughs from being built in Minneapolis, a move to curb vehicle emissions.
The ordinance doesn't affect existing drive-through joints, but it turns out the shuttered Burger King locations are a bit of an exception because they've been closed for more than a year.
As the Star Tribune reports, lawyers for The Burger King Corporation — which took over ownership of the stores from the bankrupt franchisee —argued that bankruptcy proceedings have prevented timely reopenings, and that the company has shown commitment to the properties with new leases that stretch into the 2040s.
Now, there's one last hurdle for Burger King: a full City Council vote, which happens next week, the paper notes.