Archive for Friday, July 17, 2009

McDonald’s to get face-lift

The McDonald's Restaurant at 6th and Wakarusa is getting a facelift, including double drive thru lanes.

July 17, 2009


A McDonald’s restaurant in northwest Lawrence is getting a new look, while its owners plan to rebuild their oldest location in town.

Dobski & Associates this week started renovations of its 14-year-old restaurant at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive.

The face-lift will follow the “Forever Young” concept launched by McDonald’s Corp. in 2006, which brought a more contemporary appearance to the chain, as it began to count on healthier salads, upscale coffees and other products to drive growth.

In Lawrence, the restaurant will get an expanded kitchen, extended front lobby, new seating and decor, and an ordering system with double drive-through lanes.

The restaurant’s PlayPlace will close once school begins in mid-August, to give crews time to replace play equipment and install more seating and add play elements just for toddlers.

The project is expected to be finished by early October.

“We’re looking forward to the future and creating a new, comfortable and inviting dining experience,” said Marilyn Dobski, who owns Dobski & Associates with her husband, Tom.

The restaurant is the first of Dobski & Associates’ 14 area locations to get a “Forever Young” overhaul.

Next up for the company: replacing the McDonald’s at 901 W. 23rd, a location that opened in 1970. Tentative plans call for demolition of the existing restaurant and construction of a new one on its parking lot, sometime next year.


bangaranggerg 8 years, 4 months ago

I have to admit that very McDonald's has been very successful in changing MY appearance.

MeAndFannieLou 8 years, 4 months ago

Aunque la mona se vista de seda, si mona era, mona se queda.

(Roughly translated, you can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig).

Jillster 8 years, 4 months ago

Except in Latin America, it's silk and monkeys, not lipsticks and pigs. ;)

Marc Mondi 8 years, 4 months ago

Kudos to Dobski & Associates for their management of the McD's in Lawrence. Naturally -- given the fact they are everywhere -- I have visited McD's all over this country, and I can honestly say the best service/order correctness/promptness have been at the Lawrence McD's. More specifically, the 6th and (close to...) Mich. St. location is remarkable. I recall going in there to grab lunch for myself and all the guys at a local repair shop... it was common to order $25-$35 worth of food, and the order be hot, fresh, and ready in less than 3 minutes. And the best part... you drive back halfway across town, and find that everything on the order is CORRECT. Kudos to the 6th/Mich. St. staff!

supercowbellninja 8 years, 4 months ago

Anyone who enjoys fast food of this sort should be forced to read Eric Schlosser's "Fast Food Nation" before they place their next order.

puddleglum 8 years, 4 months ago

oh here we go, I wonder if this is any link to the blacks are most obese thread? the front of that mickey d's is very wise-maybe it should be nominated to the supreme court, since it knows minorities better than whitey

bluedawg79 8 years, 4 months ago

I've actually had the worst experiences at the 6th and Michigan store. For instance, one time I ordered a Big Mac and received a Big Mac box full of tartar sauce. While I love their tartar sauce, I really just wanted my Big Mac. To top it all off, when I called in about it the manager just laughed...yeah, real funny. Maybe that was their idea of a healthier option. Anyways, I'd rather drive across town to the 31st and Iowa location. It's always fast, fresh, and friendly.

LogicMan 8 years, 4 months ago

McD's is fine, but a Wendy's on southern Iowa would be a nice alternative. KFC too.

geekin_topekan 8 years, 4 months ago

Jumbo Jack from Jack-in-the-Box!

Three tacos for a buck. Greasy and flat. Perfect snackin'

trinity 8 years, 4 months ago

Culver's over mcyuk any day. any day. :)

MarchSadness 8 years, 4 months ago

Since this news has broke, the new Taco Bell currently being built has announced they are going to add a second level with an elevator that brings you straight up to a chalupa paradise. Obese blacks, sherron collins and tyshawn taylor's headband are all invited!

hail2oldku 8 years, 4 months ago

Personally, I dislike the dual drive up lanes. There always seems to be someone that thinks they can bypass the line to squeeze into the second ordering station or an @sshole coming through the second station that won't let the car from the first station merge back into the pick-up line causing the first station to back up.

Leslie Swearingen 8 years, 4 months ago

That will give more options to people who have road rage and need to pull in somewhere so both sides can "discuss" it. They do need to redo it. Everything needs updated as everything wears out. The Dillions on 23rd looks a lot better and so does Dairy Queen on Mass. I remember when McDonalds did not have indoor seating.

beatrice 8 years, 4 months ago

geekin, have you ever noticed that the Jack in the Box ads never say "beef" tacos, they just say "tacos"? Want to know what is in them tacos?

It is soy! You are eating soylent tacos, senior! Have at 'em, dude.

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