Visions for Vacancies: Burger King

What do you think should replace Burger King.

In this modern version of community planning — Patch's version of a charette, a digital drawing board where all ideas are on the table — we’re asking you the reader to tell us what you’d like to see in Brookfield’s open commercial spaces.

In this series we'll present a vacant commercial property and ask you to tell us what you think would be the best use. Forget what zone it's in, ignore setback regulations, dump lot coverage rules and all the other zoning jargon that puts most people to sleep. If you had your way, what would you like to see there? What would be the best use for the community?

This week we’re looking at 126 Federal Road, formerly home to a Burger King fast-food franchise. The property shares a driveway off Federal Road with Savings Bank of Danbury, less than a mile north of the White Turkey intersection.

The burger joint closed down last year, however there are rumors that another restaurant chain — this time a mid-range, sit-down establishment — is considering the location.

What business would you like to see there? What do you think would best succeed?

Jim McDonald February 05, 2013 at 05:11 PM
Cosi could be something slightly different..good competition for Panera across the street.. even though they're not exactly the same..
John Boyle February 05, 2013 at 05:16 PM
I was told the chain that's looking at the spot is The Texas Roadhouse. Could be wrong, just what I heard.
Jen Conlon February 05, 2013 at 06:48 PM
bkmom February 05, 2013 at 08:07 PM
What about Mario's Pasta Garden moving there?
bkmom February 05, 2013 at 08:08 PM
Would be nice, but won't happen with the Whole Foods opening up by the mall this year.
Steven DeVaux February 06, 2013 at 01:38 AM
There's always Brookfield Market @ Four Corners
Steven DeVaux February 06, 2013 at 01:40 AM
That's what I heard as well. And Golden Corral.
Steven DeVaux February 06, 2013 at 01:40 AM
What's wrong with where they are? It's less than a quarter mile from where they currently are at.
Steven DeVaux February 06, 2013 at 01:49 AM
Steven DeVaux February 06, 2013 at 12:41 PM
The last one closed down across the street due to not having enough business to support itself. Now it's 5 Guys selling Burgers and Fries. Probably owned by a cardiologist.
mike murphy February 06, 2013 at 02:41 PM
there was a quality diner there. it was owned by the man who owns the 5 colony diner on stony hill. he sold it to his employees. poor management led to its downfall as the head line cook stopped cooking once he became an owner
mike murphy February 06, 2013 at 02:50 PM
we certainly don't need another fast food joint, nor a furniture store, liquor store or gas station. if they build on the land they should put in a business that appeals to the general public. what? i don't know, it seems we have more than 1 of everything on route 7 from White street to the former circle in New Milford. like i said before , return the land to nature and clean up the air we breath! not that many visible stars in the skies over Brookfield any more
ronald paulson February 06, 2013 at 09:18 PM
Mike Murphy, you've got it right! Another STORE, another STORE, more FOOD, more FOOD! Yikes, one gets the impression that eating and shopping are paramount. Why not change the name of the town to Tanger Brookfield and be done with it.
Ken February 06, 2013 at 09:53 PM
In case you were not aware of this Mario's is closed.
long time resident February 06, 2013 at 11:02 PM
How about Off Track Betting?
Rob Gianazza February 06, 2013 at 11:13 PM
Steve, did you miss hearing that there is a water line that services Federal Road? Play It Again Sports didn't make it a few hundred yards down the road and Starbucks makes coffee with??? WATER. You have been much sharper than this recently.
Rob Gianazza February 06, 2013 at 11:22 PM
Great idea Mike, we don't need to collect taxes from businesses to pay for the services in the town. The home owners can afford it...NOT
Rob Gianazza February 06, 2013 at 11:26 PM
Great location, right next to a bank!
mike murphy February 07, 2013 at 12:21 AM
off track betting hasn't worked out too well when it was on route 22 in NY. the main reason is OTB does not give you credit, bookies will wait till payday to get their money
mike murphy February 07, 2013 at 12:25 AM
rob, right now air pollution is a bigger problem than trying to collect back taxes on a small piece of land. most small businesses leave back taxes when they go under. and thanks for the great idea compliment
Steven DeVaux February 07, 2013 at 01:17 AM
Rob, Yes I did. I also have filings by Aquarion with the state DPUC that says all the wells their are drilling for more water are coming up with Uranium contamination and that they need a plant - paid for by BJ's AND Kohls - to decontaminate it by mixing it with uncontaminated water. You drink that Start Bucks brew. In terms of Play It Again Sports, I think after 5 years of depression and now the second half about to kick in with the 1st quarter results, a 2% federal tax increase for most working folks - I think folks would more than welcome a merchant of used sports equipment with the character and integrity like the previous owners.
Steven DeVaux February 07, 2013 at 01:21 AM
Bill Davidson was a big proponent of Off Track Betting back in the early 1990's. There was a big town meeting about it and everything. The old timers will remember how he waxed elequent about the benefits of offering gambling to residents as a form of leisure.
Steven DeVaux February 07, 2013 at 01:21 AM
A loss for Brookfield.
Steven DeVaux February 07, 2013 at 01:26 AM
People have no idea of the MILLIONS of dollars the current administration has failed to collect from businesses on Federal Road before they skipped town. No idea. There's a list by address out from last year that showed it by business and address. Unbelievable - and who made up for it? Brookfield's Happy Homeowners.
mike murphy February 07, 2013 at 08:57 AM
the Brookfield Market has declined in every way since it changed hands. it used to be the place to buy excellent cuts of meat a while back. Shoprite and Stew's own the food market on Federal road. at one time there were 3 chain supermarkets close enough to walk from one to another. Waldbaums, Shop Rite and a Shopwell next to Caldor's now Kohls
Steven DeVaux February 07, 2013 at 10:15 AM
Appleby's! We need an Appleby'! Or a Chili's maybe. Or a dead Lobseter! So many franchise opportunities, so little time and land. Then there the ambiance of starting UP to Federal Road traffic or BJ's parking lot.
Susan Balla February 08, 2013 at 05:20 PM
If we are having a problem with the water why put another restaurant where Burger King was. I would like to see a Whole Foods come in or have an IGA come in for competition with the supermarkets.
Ms February 08, 2013 at 06:36 PM
How bout a good old diner?
Jerry Friedrich February 09, 2013 at 03:59 AM
I'll second the Chipotie !
Ryan July 11, 2013 at 05:37 PM
Isnt Chick-Fil-A supposed to be going in there


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