This Was the Fanciest Burger King We Have Ever Seen
Burger King sprucing up its stores.

Starbucks (SBUX - Get Report) and McDonald's (MCD - Get Report) often get all the attention for their splashy restaurant remodels that often include tables made from reclaimed wood and touchscreen ordering kiosks.

But what Restaurant Brands International's (QSR - Get Report) Burger King chain is quietly doing to freshen up its restaurants deserves to get some love. Although Burger King pulled the plug on an aggressive remodeling campaign several years ago, it's now more methodical pace is creating many cool-looking spots among a chain that boasts more than 7,500 U.S. locations.  

TheStreet recently stumbled upon a newly remodeled Burger King in Islip, NY and were surprised by its modern look and feel. Here is what we saw.  

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The lush lawn and fresh-looking flowers immediately told us this was a different Burger King.
The lush lawn and fresh-looking flowers immediately told us this was a different Burger King.
Photo credit: Brian Sozzi

The Burger King logo felt more whimsical, too.

Is that outdoor seating we see underneath a giant banner calling attention to Burger King's heritage?!
Is that outdoor seating we see underneath a giant banner calling attention to Burger King's heritage?!
Photo credit: Brian Sozzi

Yes, it was a comforting patio area. Sadly, no alcohol sold at this location.
Yes, it was a comforting patio area. Sadly, no alcohol sold at this location.
Photo credit: Brian Sozzi

Door handles made from reclaimed wood?! Take that, Starbucks.
Door handles made from reclaimed wood?! Take that, Starbucks.
Photo credit: Brian Sozzi

We aren't sure if this was reclaimed wood, but it had that feel.

Digital menu boards, employees in snazzy outfits and an array of signs mentioning the quality of Burger King's beef.
Digital menu boards, employees in snazzy outfits and an array of signs mentioning the quality of Burger King's beef.
Photo credit: Brian Sozzi

We aren't sure if that guy etched on the wall is Burger King's new mascot. But, we prefer the King.

Faux wood was used throughout to give the restaurant a warmer, more contemporary feel.
Faux wood was used throughout to give the restaurant a warmer, more contemporary feel.
Photo credit: Brian Sozzi

We wanted to eat our lunch in the restaurant.

Digital soda machines and more wood on the walls.
Digital soda machines and more wood on the walls.
Photo credit: Brian Sozzi

Big fan of these new Coca-Cola (KO - Get Report) fountain machines -- they let you make all sorts of crazy drink concoctions.

What looked like leather seats to sit down in while you wait for your Whopper.
What looked like leather seats to sit down in while you wait for your Whopper.
Photo credit: Brian Sozzi

At this point, we almost didn't believe this was a Burger King. The giant Burger King sign reminded us that yes, it was a Burger King.
At this point, we almost didn't believe this was a Burger King. The giant Burger King sign reminded us that yes, it was a Burger King.
Photo credit: Brian Sozzi

Faux fireplace, large flat screen TV playing local news and more comfy seats.
Faux fireplace, large flat screen TV playing local news and more comfy seats.
Photo credit: Brian Sozzi

Step right up to the communal table.
Step right up to the communal table.
Photo credit: Brian Sozzi

In case you are wondering:

  • Yes, the food still tasted like Burger King (not necesarily a bad thing). 
  • Shares of Restaurant Brands International have climbed 54% over the past year, out-performing the S&P 500's 16% gain.

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