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McDonald’s reopens with vast improvements

Thomas M. Baker
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Posted 11/21/19

CLINTON — If you’ve been missing your Big Mac and fries, or the kids their Happy Meals then buzz on over to the newly remodeled Meadow Street McDonald’s, its open for business. Native …

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McDonald’s reopens with vast improvements

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CLINTON — If you’ve been missing your Big Mac and fries, or the kids their Happy Meals then buzz on over to the newly remodeled Meadow Street McDonald’s, its open for business.

Native Clintonian and Director of Operations for Mac-Clark Restaurants Inc., Al Dohn, said he believes the new store will meet the community’s needs. In October, three weeks into the Major Restoration Project, or MRP, Dohn shared his hopes for the new location.

“This store was built in 1973,” Dohn said. “It has only had small renovation improvements over the past 46 years. When finished the new store will reflect the most modern of McDonald’s Restaurants.”

Anyone who’s visited the McDonald’s in the past will notice the differences as soon as they pull in the parking lot. The exterior of the building has gone from a dingy white and red to an all medium grey with the familiar golden arches logo and the name of the restaurant in big block white lighted letters.

The new light brown and muted yellow décor, accented by the pendant, or drop lighting gives the fast-food eatery a warmer, more cozy atmosphere customers will notice right away.

The order counter has been cut in half to accomidate the new McCafe bar where customers can now order hot chocolate and specialized coffee drinks, such as, caramel macchiato’s, plus flavored cappuccino’s. mochas, and lattes courtesy of the Melitta coffee maker.

The lack of order space has also been addressed in the form of McDonald’s newest innovation, the order kiosk. The two sided kiosk will take your order and payment via touchscreen and credit-card key pads, sending the order to the to a newer, more efficient expanded kitchen, according to Dohn.

“The kitchen was too small, Dohn said. “This new kitchen will speed things up due to it’s new efficient size.”

The new self-service beverage area is designed to allow the customer choices without waiting. And the dining room accommodates approximately 35 patrons at one time. The rest rooms have also been completely remodeled.

Dohn said despite the cut in space, the crew actually grew.

“ We’ve hired an additional 10-15 people,” he said.

The drive-thru’s now have digital menu boards and for those who’d like to lounge inside over coffee or cold beverages the restaurant offers a big flat-screen TV complete with Spectrum cable channel options.

While the eight-week transformation got the doors open on Friday, Nov. 15, Dohn said there are still a few things he has left to do.

“The landscaping is not yet complete,” he said. “The weather just got too cold. But we certainly finish that up in the spring.”

Dohn said he is so very grateful to owner of Central Pillar Group, LLC and project supervisor, Jason Shaw who’s crew rebuilt the restaurant, along with site superintendent Derrik Berg.

Co-owner Tom Clark III, speaking for his father/partner, Tom Clark Jr. and himself said his family has owned this location since 1980 and he was excited, as well as it makes him feel great to invest in the town of Kirkland and it’s residents.

“We hope the people of Kirkland will see this remodeling as our family making a long-term commitment to this community,” Clark said.

In line with benefitting the community, the Mac-Clark organization is donating money to the Clinton Central School girl’s hockey team. Three players of that team, Mia Lopata, Abbey Burns, and Madison Dery came out to represent the team as a whole, along with assist coach, Rob Kopek.

“The Mac-Clark family donated our new home uniforms for the girl’s high school team,” Kopek said. “So we’d like to be part of this grand opening for them.”

Joining the girls ice hockey team in the Clinton Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony were Kirkland Deputy Town Supervisor, Garry Colarusso and Village of Clinton Mayor Steven J. Bellona.

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