As quickly as it took to turn out the lights, the Burger King in Cross County, a main stay for over 40 years is now defunct, slated to lay dormant among the throng of commercial real estate until further notice.
Now I realize that many of you may be thinKING…why is he getting sentimental over a crappy lil Burger King. Truth be told, I have spent hundreds of hours of my life, going back to the age when I was too young to walk into the store, waiting on lines, playing in multi-colored ball kiddie play areas and perhaps most fondly, mastering the game of Street Fighter II, which sat next to the game Mortal Combat near where the bathrooms are located.
These two video games alone kept me company and catapulted me to stardom through the 1990’s and on a rainy summer afternoon or a cold winter day, whether it was chicken fingers, quarter pounders or video games, my life always seemed to find its way into that Burger King.
And now it’s gone. Will another franchisee buy the Burger King and simply turn back on the lights? Who knows. Will it become a Five Guys Burger…more than likely.
The fact remains that Yonkers, just like NYC, is a city that never disappoints in keeping up with the times and tearing down the old, before you can even catch your breath and have a chance to spend sometime sitting back and recalling your experiences from the past.
Is it not bad enough that the Cross County mall has received a 50 year facelift, rendering it completely unrecognizable? The mall where I first learned what it was like to hold hands with a girl, to go out with friends with out the supervision of my mother and countless other coming of age experiences.
In my humble opinion, the original developers got it right and the mall in 2012 resembles a place that really has no character and fails in every attempt in my mind to bring people together and showcase an esthetic concourse for shopping and promenading.
The place is already under renovation with chairs and booths being taken out.
It’s an eerie sight to see the dimly lit counters of a Burger King. This is so definitely a place that WOULD be open in one of those “I know what you did last summer” movies and the kids would run in because they were of course being chased. Freddie Prinze Jr’s line would read, “Hello…hello…man, looks like this place is drive thru only…ahhhhhhhhh”
Well, I bid farewell to you my childhood friend and one that has served millions and millions over a long 40+ year career. No more long lines. No more messed up orders. No more nasty bathrooms. No more Mr. Bean look-a-likes as managers…has anyone seen this guy or know who I am talking about?? No more colored ball play areas. No more Street Fighter II. Time to turn the page.