Perfectly preserved 1987 Burger King found hidden in a mall

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A decades-old time capsule was recently discovered in the most unlikely of places — a shopping mall.

Local builders in Wilmington, Delaware, who were hired to do construction at the Concord Mall, were stunned to discover an intact and completely forgotten Burger King restaurant when they knocked down a wall.

The builders were understandably surprised, and so was the Concord Mall management team upon discovering that a complete restaurant measuring around 5,000 square feet, had been walled up inside the mall for some unknown reason.

A man called Jonathan Pruitt snapped a photo of the Burger King in mint condition back in April and sent it to a local Delaware Facebook page because he thought it looked cool with its pastel-colored booths, vintage décor, patterned wallpaper, and white wire chairs.

“It’s probably the oldest still intact Burger King in the world.” General Manager Tom Dahlke told,  and he may be right.

Needless to say, the internet loved this blast from the fast-food past. The image was soon shared on Reddit and Twitter and has since gone viral with more than 200,000 likes and retweets.

The mystery remains, though, as to why the burger chain location was closed and walled over rather than remodeled and leased to a new tenant. According to unconfirmed reports from the Daily Mail, it was closed in 2009, although, from the photo, it looks like it had remained untouched since it opened in 1987.

We’re still awaiting word on just what has become of the fast-food time capsule during construction.