FAIRBORN — The long-time Flying Tiger restaurant will soon close its doors and be demolished. However, the lot will not sit empty as Fairborn City Council approved July 17 a Burger King to be built and operate in the same location, 60 S. Broad Street.
It will create 20 part-time and 20 full-time positions, totalling to 40 new jobs. It will also make the second Burger King to be located in the City of Fairborn; the current restaurant stands on Dayton-Yellow Springs Road.
The Flying Tiger will host a final feast Sunday, July 23 — its final day of operation — after 29 years of business. Council members encouraged the owner of the restaurant, who was present at the July 17 regular meeting, that if she prepares to open another restaurant in the future to stay in Fairborn.
She responded that if that day comes, Fairborn is “at the top of her list.”
“It’s been an icon in our community for a number of years,” Fairborn Mayor Dan Kirkpatrick said of Flying Tiger during the meeting. “We want to publicly thank you for all those years. We hope that when you decide that it’s time to get back into the restaurant business, we hope you’ll choose to come back to Fairborn … Let us know how we can keep it at the top of your list.”
The new Burger King will measure to 2,742 square feet. It will include 27 parking spaces and two 12-foot drive-thru lanes. The facility will be a combination of brick, stone, glass and stucco. A monument sign, bike rack and matching dumpster enclosure will go up as well, and various landscaping plans are in place. It will operate from 6 a.m. to midnight under Toms King, which also runs more than 100 Burger King restaurants across the nation including the Dayton-Yellow Springs Burger King.
Toms King officials said the proximity to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for the upcoming Broad Street Burger King was “appealing.” The new Burger King will not include a play area for children.
Council member Marilyn McCauley asked whether the manager of the new Burger King would take an active role in the community.
“One of the challenges we have in our city is absent landlords,” she said. “That’s always a concern with any business that comes to town. We certainly hope that the engagement will be there.”
While that individual has not yet been hired, it is likely that they will be local and possibly a current employee at the Dayton-Yellow Springs Burger King, according to Toms King officials. Council members also emphasized that they were pleased to see new jobs coming to Fairborn; Flying Tiger currently employs less than 40 individuals, so more jobs will become available. Kirkpatrick noted that the restaurant including bike racks is also a highlight because it fits with the city’s vision of revitalizing the Main Street and Broad Street corridor.
“That’s one of the things we’re pushing in the downtown area,” he said. “We really want to encourage bicyclists to spend time downtown on Main Street, Broad Street and Dayton Drive. The fact that you’ll have bike racks, it’s a small thing — but it’s a big thing.”
Contact Whitney Vickers at 937-502-4532.