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Archive for Wednesday, March 31, 2010

McDonald’s on 23rd Street slated for major remodel

North Lawrence slated to receive place to buy fresh food

March 31, 2010, 5:26 p.m. Updated April 1, 2010, 9:57 a.m.

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A new look is on the way for one of 23rd Street’s fast food pioneers.

Leaders with the local McDonald’s franchise have filed plans with the city to tear down the store at 901 W. 23rd St. and replace it with a larger version.

“That store has been around since 1970, so we’re excited to bring a fresh look to the site,” said Patrick Manning, a spokesman for the local franchise.

The company is awaiting city approval before setting a timeline for the project. But Manning said the company hopes the work can be done this summer, with a new store open by mid-September. Plans call for the current store’s drive-thru to remain open during the project, but the dine-in section of the restaurant will be closed while the new store is constructed.

The new store will be built slightly east of the current store, and will include a double drive-thru lane. It also will use two kitchens, which will allow the store to serve breakfast until 11:30 a.m.

Manning said the exterior of the store will look similar to the McDonald’s at Sixth and Wakarusa, although the store will not have an indoor playground.

In other development news:

• It won’t be a North Lawrence grocery store, but a northsider has filed for a conditional use permit that would allow her to set up a neighborhood meat and produce market at her farm.

Natalya Lowther, an owner of Pinwheel Farm, is seeking to expand her ability to sell a variety of food products at her farm at 1480 N. 1700 Road, which is just north of the city limits near North Street.

Lowther sells produce and lamb from her farm, but she would like to allow other area farmers to sell eggs, milk, beef and other produce at her site, too. Lowther said she wants to keep the business geared toward the North Lawrence neighborhood.

“If we outgrow what can be conveniently handled by the neighborhood or if it has any negative impact on the neighborhood, we’ll be the first to say we need to do something different,” Lowther said. “But if we can establish a successful little fresh market here, it could be the impetus for us to go rent an empty storefront in North Lawrence.”

The conditional use permit will need to receive approval from the Douglas County Commission before the project can proceed.

• A floodplain development permit has been applied for at the 12th and Haskell Bargain Center. The site, which has a recycling operation and salvage yard, recently was the focus of inspections by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The permit seeks to do some grading work at the site to comply with KDHE issues. The city is seeking more details on the project before moving ahead on the permit application.

• The owners of 715, a new restaurant at 715 Mass. have filed to add sidewalk dining to their location.

Comments

Cindy Yulich 4 years, 9 months ago

Thanks to the Dobski's for another investment in Lawrence, KS!

sad_lawrencian 4 years, 9 months ago

Yes, we are in dire need of an expanded McDonalds at that location. Come to think of it, why don't we add a few other new McDonalds restaurants to new locations around town? Not enough fast food here in Lawrence as it is.

Anyway, I used to work for Dobski & Associates. I remember how they hold their training in a basement room that looks like a CIA command center with computer screens everywhere, very high-tech, then they put you with a trainer who does not show you how to do anything. Oh and ask them about their break policy, i.e. there is none.

Hmm they don't accept credit cards at night/early AM at their 24-hr locations? And yes they still scotch-tape your receipt to the outside of the paper bag, like they're going to forget what to put in the bag before the order goes out the window...

LadyJ 4 years, 9 months ago

Noticed they said E.23rd on tv too. Is there a McDonalds I don't know about?

brother_cumulus 4 years, 9 months ago

How about they tear them all down. This town doesn't need to gain anymore weight.

cowboy 4 years, 9 months ago

Why do they always stop serving breakfast one minute before I get there ?

parrothead8 4 years, 9 months ago

Are they going to remodel the healthiness of their menu? Is healthiness even a word?

Calliope877 4 years, 9 months ago

They should serve their breakfast menu all day.

TheStonesSuck 4 years, 9 months ago

An American (born, not naturalized), either: 1) loves the big mac, or 2) loves chicken mcnuggets. This is applies to every American, although the elderly sometimes substitute the filet o fish. Although every American falls into one of the categories, they are not mutually exclusive, and many enjoy a combination of deliciousness.

Bladerunner 4 years, 9 months ago

I think their current store takes up every square inch of that lot. Think about it. Increase store capacity without increasing lot size? What is the sense in that? Maybe increase drive up size and traffic on 23rd Street. I fear the parking lot will lose much needed spaces. I hope the planners vote down this plan....seems foolish unless they purchase and tear down that eyesore bar behind the restaurant and use its space too. Won't help traffic though.

FarneyMac 4 years, 9 months ago

McDonald's is not the problem. Idiot Americans are the problem. It is possible to eat McDonald's - like anything else - on occasion and still live a healthy lifestyle. Every once in a while, I crave a McD's breakfast sandwich. I don't do it often, but it's not going to kill me once a month.

It's idiot Americans with no self control and who don't ever get up from the computer that are the problem.

Lindsey Buscher 4 years, 9 months ago

"...one of 23rd Street’s fast food pioneers."

Really? Really LJW, fast food pioneers? Really?

Kevin Sontag 4 years, 9 months ago

Bladerunner (anonymous) says… I think their current store takes up every square inch of that lot. Think about it. Increase store capacity without increasing lot size? What is the sense in that? Maybe increase drive up size and traffic on 23rd Street. I fear the parking lot will lose much needed spaces. I hope the planners vote down this plan....seems foolish unless they purchase and tear down that eyesore bar behind the restaurant and use its space too. Won't help traffic though.

You don't have any idea what you are talking about. McDonalds Corp owns the entire parking lot on the east side of the restaurant. They have plenty of lot space. Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son.

Bassetlover 4 years, 9 months ago

Their new frappes are TO DIE FOR!!!!!!!!!! Love or hate McDonald's, Tom and Marilyn Dobski have done incredible things for this community and my hat goes off to them.

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