Most People Don’t Know The Original Burger King Is Right Here In Illinois

We’re not talking about the chain. The first locally-owned Burger King in Illinois was actually an independent restaurant that started as an ice cream stand.

Forget about Whoppers and chicken fries and try one of Illinois’ best original burgers. Check out this local dive’s interesting history below.

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The original Burger King is located at 1508 Charleston Ave. Mattoon, Illinois, and you can learn more about it on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

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