There are not an abundance of restaurants in the 17th Ward—either sit down or fast food—which is what prompted Tri City Foods, the second largest Burger King franchisee in the country, to open a new restaurant at 1606 W. 76th St. The ribbon cutting took place last week with Ald. David Moore, state Rep. Mary Flowers and residents cutting the ribbon. The new Burger King is still in the process of hiring and expects to have a staff of 25 full- and part-time workers on board in the next few weeks. “So far, we have about 75 percent of the workers we need,” explained Antoine Washington, a district manager for Burger King, who oversees seven locations. “Five of our employees are local hires and we’re looking to add more.” This location will provide free Wi-Fi for customers in an effort to make it more of a gathering space. “Residents asked the owner and me to create a space where the community can gather, meet and network around common issues and solutions,” explained 17th Ward Ald. David Moore. Washington said the restaurant hours are 6 a.m. – 12 a.m.