ITHACA, N.Y. –– The Burger King on Elmira Road in Ithaca has closed its doors permanently. The closing ostensibly happened last weekend.

Though no one answered the phone number associated with the location, the ability to order from the restaurant has been removed from Burger King’s website. Ithacans can still find Whoppers, both those possible and seemingly impossible, at the Burger King location on Ellis Hollow Road.

According to Tompkins County property records, Burger King first came to Ithaca in 1979.

All outside signage has been removed from the building. The property is owned by local automotive retail titans the Maguire Family of Dealerships, which purchased it in 2017 along with the adjacent lot of the now-closed Fat Jack’s BBQ. It’s unclear if Maguire has any immediate plans for the land, which is nearby one of its existing dealerships. Several Maguire cars are now stored in the Fat Jack’s parking lot.

The fast food restaurant joins several others that have closed this year around the city, particularly on Elmira Road. The Buffalo Wild Wings location shut down in April; Denny’s closed in February; and Fat Jack’s BBQ closed in August—that restaurant’s owner has since plead guilty to tax fraud charges.

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Managing Editor at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at