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Restaurant to get new look

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published April 13, 2016

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — More renovations are proceeding down Harper Avenue, with another fast-food chain requesting to update its look.

With a brand new Taco Bell down the street, Burger King in the 24000 block of Harper Avenue, near Stephens, has requested to make improvements to its facade as well, bringing the restaurant in line with more modern iterations of the franchise. 

“We’re going to completely redo the exterior,” said Tom Davis, with GPS Hospitality, explaining that there will be a new roof and new paint, plus the illumination on top of the building will be redone. 

Now around the top of the building will be a 15-inch-tall frame covered with plastic material backlit by LEDs that will turn the plastic a pinkish color. But Davis assured City Council April 4 that the change will not increase the brightness of the lighting.

GPS Hospitality Director of Operations Robert Copp said that they just finished remodeling a similar Burger King building in Warren, and the only change they noticed with the LED lighting was an $800 savings on the electrical bill. 

“I had concerns this thing was going to flash or strobe or change colors,” said Councilman Chris Vitale. “This was what we had discussed for our LED ordinance.”

He said he greatly appreciates the fact that the lights are diffused and wishes other businesses would use the same technique.

Councilman Ron Frederick said that the upgrade is a welcome addition to the avenue.

“Taco Bell coming in and building their beautiful building ... this is hopefully a trend that will continue across Harper,” he said. 

Copp said that they are doing similar interior and exterior renovations on five Burger Kings across metro Detroit this year. The changes, he said, were triggered by GPS Hospitality buying the business on Harper in July. He said they do not own the franchise further north on Harper, near 13 Mile Road, but they hope to be “lucky enough to purchase that” sometime in the future so it can be remodeled as well.

The site plan approval was approved unanimously by City Council.

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