By ERIC SCHELKOPF - comp:000049183ad5:000000023d:5016 The Batavia Burger King opened for business in May 1988. new
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BATAVIA – After July 20, customers no longer will be able to have it their way at the Burger King at 107 N. Batavia Ave. in Batavia.

The restaurant will close that day after 25 years in business.

"It's always been our smallest volume restaurant," said Laurie Roscoe, director of operations for Gill Management, which owns and operates several Burger King restaurants in the Chicago area, including one in St. Charles. "It really hurt us when Chick-fil-A and Golden Corral opened."

Chick-fil-A in February opened a restaurant along Randall Road in Batavia, and Golden Corral last November also opened a restaurant along Randall in Batavia. Roscoe said the growing Randall Road corridor also hurt the restaurant's business.

Burger King sees about 450 customers a day at the Batavia restaurant, Roscoe said. In comparison, the St. Charles location sees 1,000 customers a day, she said.

The Batavia Burger King opened for business in May 1988.

"I was the first manager to run the first shift on the first day of business," Roscoe said.

Although the Batavia location will be closing, employees there will not lose their jobs, she said.

"Everybody has a place at the other Gill Management locations," Roscoe said.

Roscoe didn't rule out that Burger King might open at another location in Batavia.

"It's very, very sad that the restaurant is closing," she said. "At the same time, we are looking at different locations."

Gill Management decided not to go ahead with plans to remodel the Batavia restaurant. Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke said other national food chains have expressed interest in the site because the building has a drive-thru window.

"Everybody wants the drive-thru window," Schielke said.

He is hopeful Burger King is able to find another location in the city.

"I certainly think we are trying to keep the door open for them to open in another location," Schielke said.