Burger King now delivering in Tucson

2013-09-21T00:00:00Z 2014-07-03T10:36:18Z Burger King now delivering in TucsonBy Cathalena E. Burch Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Forget the fast-food drive-through window.

Burger King will bring your Whopper, large fries and soda right to your front door.

The hamburger chain is now delivering in Tucson as part of its growing 18-month-old BK Delivers program.

The Burger King at 871 W. St. Mary’s Road near Interstate 10 made its first two deliveries on Thursday, said longtime manager Joni Swinscoe.

“I am the trial balloon,” said the restaurant’s owner and franchisee, Michael Talarico.

He expects other Tucson Burger King restaurants to come on board once “they see how this thing is working.”

BK Delivers offers a more streamlined menu than what’s offered in the restaurant.

Delivery customers can only get large fries and bottled soft drinks, for example, although you can get a shake or smoothie delivered.

The delivery area is limited: roughly from 22nd Street to Miracle Mile and Campbell Avenue just past Greasewood Road, hitting the neighborhoods of Colonial Villas, Jefferson Park, Ocotillo Oracle, Adelanto, Feldmans, Iron Horse, Rincon Heights and Barrio Hollywood, as well as the University of Arizona and Pima Community College’s main and downtown campuses.

Customers can expect to wait 30 to 45 minutes during the week and as long as 55 minutes on weekends for delivery, Swinscoe said. But the food is hot when it arrives because everything including the fries is made to order and food is stored in heated thermal bags for the drive, she said.

“The french fries are the last thing we cook when we go out,” she said. “And these bags, you would be amazed how hot they keep the food.”

Talarico said he anticipates deliveries will boost his business at least 10 percent overall.

“I’m looking at downtown as being very lucrative and being able to have a loyal base,” he said, noting that downtowners have been reluctant to drive to his restaurant over the past couple years because of ongoing road construction.

“If they can’t get to us, we are determined to get the food to them,” he said.

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