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You won't “have it your way” anymore from Burger King at 2829 El Cajon Boulevard. It's closed down. The building and parking lot are now surrounded by a chain-link fence.

A request by the Reader for comment from Burger King's parent company, 3G Capital, received no response. The corporation bought the burger chain in 2010 for $4 billion. Burger King is the second-largest hamburger chain, with about 12,400 locations in 79 countries and territories; most are franchises.

The El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association's Steve Aldana said they received many comments on their Facebook page. Examples: “Wow. Can't say I'll miss it. There's still so much other blight, empty & wasted space on the blvd”; “Yay! Bring on healthier, more community oriented businesses!”; “Could we fit a Trader Joe's there?”; “A bakery (or bagelry) would be a great addition.”

"BK seems to be closing locations around the county, probably as leases expire," said Aldana. "This could be a great opportunity for that area, which has already seen a recent burst of new great independent businesses opening up."

The exodus of older restaurants continues in North Park, while new restaurants keep opening up. First to close its doors was Johnny's R Restaurant, now Lil' B's, at 2711 El Cajon Boulevard. Next came the closure of Coco's at 2644 El Cajon Boulevard, where a new 7-Eleven with gas pumps will be built.

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SanCarlosGuy Dec. 12, 2013 @ 8:09 a.m.

The area is changing for the better. BK didn't seem all that bad just out of place on a changing street. Basically, as North Park changes so do the businesses.

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dwbat Dec. 12, 2013 @ 10:19 a.m.

As many have noted, North Park is the coolest neighborhood in town! And getting better all the time.

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Visduh Dec. 12, 2013 @ 7:35 p.m.

Really! The "coolest neighborhood in town?" Surely you jest. Actually, BK is a fading brand, the second national burger chain and the one that made the largest number of strategic errors. That is it still around amazes me, but that may not be for long. (It is a beacon of America when one tours Germany: every train station in that country had a BK a decade ago, and I doubt that has changed. Want a real US style burger, head to BK, wherever you are, and you'll get your Whopper.) But in its home territory it is getting plenty of competition from newcomers. Here in So Cal, there's In-n-Out, and we're seeing Five Guys, Smashburger, and Sonic and some others on a roll. Something has to give with all this new competition, and BK may be the one to go away first.

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dwbat Dec. 15, 2013 @ 2 p.m.

What neighborhood is cooler than NP? I can't think of one. I read about BK's sales strategy, and they are expanding rapidly in China. Reportedly they plan to open 1,000 BKs there. The company that bought BK is Brazilian.

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Scott Marks Dec. 16, 2013 @ 1:33 p.m.

South Park is a helluva lot cooler. No FFFs and you can actually walk from your car to a store or restaurant without being panhandled. DeLuca's Pizzeria on Thorn and 32nd bakes a terrific pie and the Parkside Market across the street is one of our town's best kept secrets.

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dwbat Dec. 21, 2013 @ 11 a.m.

I think NP and SP are like apples and oranges. I would rate them pretty equal. Both have their charms, and both have some fine eateries.[ I still haven't tried Big Kitchen in SP.] I like buying stuff at NP's nonprofit thrift stores; not sure if SP has any. I walk all over NP, and rarely get panhandled. Our sidewalks sure suck, though. Some are downright hazardous.

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user92104 Jan. 16, 2014 @ 10:50 a.m.

Scott, DeLuca's and Parkside Market are both in North Park, not South Park.

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dwbat Jan. 16, 2014 @ 12:50 p.m.

I just looked at Google Maps, and it does show them in North Park.

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Visduh Dec. 13, 2013 @ 8:38 p.m.

Yeah, it was a sort-of sit down operation. In the early 70's that half-pound burger of theirs sold for 69 cents. The menu was painted on the shell of a huge tortoise that was supposed to (I suppose) suggest a huge insect, namely the boll weevil. Can't say I ever really relished one of those burgers, and when I graduated from school (won't say which one) I graduated from eating Boll Weevil burgers, and didn't look back.

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dwbat Dec. 15, 2013 @ 2:01 p.m.

Another North Park restaurant is gone. Casa de Luz at 2920 University Ave. closed last week.

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dwbat Dec. 16, 2013 @ 9:22 a.m.

It's a beautiful space, and they spent a LOT of $$ fixing that building up. [It was previously a Savation Army thrift store.] But I bet the rent was very high. So even as a nonprofit, they just couldn't make it. I only ate there once. It was OK, but I didn't give it a rave; and it was a bit pricy. I think Sipz (vegetarian) on 30th and University is better, and has a friendlier ambiance.

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