Bem Ermii Burger Joint in Koror (Photo courtesy of pristineparadisepalau.com)

A popular burger joint in Palau is slated to close at the end of the month according to public information released.

The owner of the 21-year-old burger joint in Koror State, the Bem Ermii Burgers and Fries, issued a notice informing the public of his plans to close down the business by the end of August.

Bem Ermii, which means “come and taste it”, is not only a household name in Palau but is also popular among tourists. It has been featured in magazines and travel blogs. It also received four out of five stars rating on Tripadvisor.

A public notice dated August 25, 2019 which was shared by owner Florence Kerai Ngirmekur in social media and is now circulating online revealed that the reason for closing the burger joint in Koror is due to failure to meet the new building and zoning requirements.

“To our loyal customers, we regret to inform you that due to new building and zoning requirements, Koror State Government (KSG) will not renew Bem Ermii Burgers and Fries’ business license due to lack of restroom facilities,” the notice reads.

Ngirmekur, through the public notice, also said that the Palau National Olympic Committee (PNOC) will also not allow the Bem Ermii management to build “a restroom or provide a portable facility while park restroom facilities are out of service.” Bem Ermii is located near the Asahi Baseball Field in Koror.

The Bem Ermii Burgers and Fries’ last day of business will be this Saturday, August 31, 2019.

The Times tried to reach out the owner to no avail but was able to talk to the workers at the burger joint who said that they are unsure whether they will be closing for good or just temporarily until they could find a better venue.

This, however, does not affect Bem Ermii Burgers and Fries in Airai which will continue to be open for business. (By Kerdeu Uong)