By JACQUELINE FERNANDEZ
CYPRESS PARK — Starbucks? Dunkin’ Donuts? The closure of the Burger King at Figueroa Street and Cypress Avenue has some residents buzzing about what will move into the vacant space.
Neighborhood BK fans in the mood for a Whopper were disappointed when the restaurant closed a few weeks ago. Since then, the Burger King signs have been covered in black plastic, windows and doors have been boarded up and the building has been tagged (and cleaned up). There are no “Opening Soon” signs to indicate what’s coming next, and online city records did not turn up anything new for that location.
Yancey Quinones, owner of nearby Antigua Coffee Roasters, has heard some speculation about the future of the restaurant from locals walking around the area.
“It seems to me that people begin to assume a Starbucks or even a Dunkin Donuts is coming soon,” said Quinones, who said he has observed the restaurant’s slow decline over the last decade.
Quinones isn’t worried if a chain coffee house does show up. He said he welcomes the competition and hopes he can benefit from its marketing.
Dunkin’ has been expanding its presence in California, where it opened a store in Atwater Village last year. Meanwhile, two former Burger King drive-thrus in Boyle Heights — one on Soto Street, the other on Marengo Street — have been converted into Starbucks in recent years.
The Eastsider reached out to Starbucks to find out if the rumors are true. But their media relations department told us that they have “no new store openings to announce at this time.”
With a McDonald’s and an IHOP down the street and no shortage of Mexican places nearby, what kind of restaurant does Cypress Park need?
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