The Burger King restaurant at 339 State St. is undergoing a $500,000 makeover as workers are busy rehabilitating the building from top to bottom.
Workers from general contractor R.J. Shaw Inc., Tully, started work two weeks ago at the restaurant, which closed Saturday evening for construction. Slated to be completed by May 22, the project is part of a regional plan by owner Carrols Restaurant Group Inc., Syracuse, which announced a deal last month to purchase 278 restaurants from the chain — roughly doubling the 297 it already owns across the Midwest — and remodel about 450 restaurants over the next three and a half years.
The $15.8 million deal will make Carrols the most prominent franchisee of Burger King. It will own about 13 percent of the restaurants in the country.