What seems like just another Burger
King on Main Street, Flushing, is really a World's Fair apart
just behind its doors.
Just, Who then was one of millions
who beat a path to Flushing's backyard, now heads up the Just
Architecture Firm in Brooklyn. Just explained that he "wanted
to get more of a neighborhood feel" at the Main St. location.
Upon entering through the front
doors of the burger joint, customers are greeted by the flags
of over 25 nations that hang from a custom designed mobile on
In addition, original banners,
artifacts, posters and prints adorn the walls of this unique
Above the restroom, a 3-4 foot
high Unisphere with spotlights that illuminate the sculpture
was constructed by Just and his design team to serve as one of
the focal points of this miniature museum.
Even small details like glass
etched with the image of the Unisphere, as well as neon lights
and table designs that imitate the shapes of the towers located
next to the former New York State Pavilion, rekindle some of
the Fair's charm.
"It's fabulous from a historical
point of view," said David Oats, a noted World's Fair historian
Oats concluded the World's Fair
theme is not only appropriate to the restaurant's location but
it stresses Flushing's current position as one of the country's
most ethnically diverse places.
"In a world of cookie cutter
fast food places," Oats said, "people should make an
attempt to go here to catch a glimpse of the fair."
One diner, wishing to only be
identified as John, said he liked the idea behind the restaurant's
them as he chomped away at a Whopper on a recent Sunday afternoon
inside the restaurant.
But despite the dining area's
obvious charisma, some customers had not caught on.
"I didn't notice,"
said Szczesna who is originally from Poland but now makes her
home in Glen Cove, Long Island. Jim, a Flushing resident who
works at a Manhattan tattoo studio, also didn't notice the Fair
theme until notified by a Tribune reporter.
The Main St. Burger King restaurant
opened in October of last year with little fanfare and is one
of many Just Architecture has planned to add some excitement
to along with the dining experience.
On Roosevelt Ave. in Woodside,
Just's firm recently completed a Burger King centered around
a "Statue of Liberty" theme complete with a mini-model
of New York Harbor's most famous lady.
Tribune Photos by Ira Cohen
- Source: Queens Tribune
- Source: October, 1999