Burkie's Drive-in now for sale


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Muncie Origins: Local drive-in serves burgers, memories

Muncie landmark Burkie's Drive-in is now for sale and has closed for the season a few weeks early.

But the popular restaurant isn't gone for good, said Brian Allardt, the real estate agent working with the business. It's just looking for a new owner.

"[Burkie's] is being sold in total — the real estate, business and all of the equipment," Allardt said.

The description on Coldwell Banker Lunsford's website said the restaurant is available for "an operator/owner to step right in to an ongoing business ... Great opportunity to step into an operating profitable business."

Allardt said owner Rob Wardrop has several other business interests to tend to, and he didn't have time to continue to operate Burkie's. Wardrop has owned Burkie's since 2013, according to previous Daily News reporting.

The restaurant first opened in 1954, and was a popular attraction for teenagers to hang out and get ice cream sodas.

Wardrop renovated the drive-in, giving it a paint job, a new drive-up roof and some menu updates, but other than that, he kept it similar to how it had always been.

Wardrop put Burkie's on the market about two weeks ago, Allardt said. However, the "for sale" sign just went up Sept. 13. Already, Allardt said he has had some interest in the building.

If Burkie's doesn't sell by the time spring rolls back around, Allardt said he expects Wardrop would open it back up for the season.

Wardrop was not able to be reached for comment, but Burkie's voicemail said the drive-in is now closed for the season and will reopen in the spring 2017.


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