The Arroyo Grande McDonald’s — closed five months for major renovations — is celebrating its new look Saturday with a special grand reopening event.
Construction began on the restaurant, located at 410 E. Grand Avenue off Highway 101, in May as part of a movement among McDonald’s restaurants worldwide to give the chain’s establishments an upscale makeover.
The original site was built in the 1970s and consisted of a 3,119-square-foot building, a 1,331-square-foot basement and a 1,385-square-foot playground.
The updated restaurant adds about 500 square feet and features a new entry, a double-lane drive-through, an indoor play area, free Wi-Fi for customers and an expanded kitchen, as well as new lighting, fixtures, seating and furniture.
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It’s also now open 24 hours a day.
“We’re changing with the times — and we never stop looking for ways to improve,” restaurant manager Bob Bedard said in a news release.
In honor of the renovated restaurant, owners Keith and Deborah Handley will hold a grand reopening event at 2 p.m. Saturday. Ronald McDonald will make an appearance, as well as members of the Arroyo Grande Chamber of Commerce and Five Cities Fire Authority.
There are four other McDonald’s in South County: One inside Walmart in Arroyo Grande, and one each in Pismo Beach, Grover Beach and Nipomo.