PITTSFIELD -- At least for now, if you're hankering for a Whopper, you'll have to drive to the Burger King in North Adams, the lone restaurant serving them in Berkshire County.

Three Burger King franchises -- two in Pittsfield and one Lenox -- were shut abruptly this week. Signs in the windows say the closings are temporary, confounding a number of potential customers waiting for someone to respond at the drive-thru.

A call to Burger King's corporate headquarters didn't yield any immediate answers, such as how many people have been put out of work or when and if the eateries would reopen. A spokesperson said information wouldn't be available until Friday.

The manager of the North Adams Burger King said the eatery is open.

The Eagle was unable to reach franchisee Richard George, who owns at least two of the local Burger Kings.

Calls to the closed stores went unanswered, while an employee at the Pittsfield Road eatery in Lenox declined to provide any information on the closing.

Burger King, with 12,000 locations worldwide, is the second largest fast-food hamburger chain in the world.


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