Ronald McDonald was on hand on Oct. 31 to welcome folks to the re-opening of Conway’s first McDonald’s Restaurant on Oak Street.
Asked if he was in Halloween costume or in Conway for the Grand Opening, he thought a minute and said: “It’s Halloween?”
Predicted to take 90 days from the demolition of Conway’s first McDonald’s, builder Gene Salter of Salter Construction said the project was completed in 83 days.
Billed as the world’s newest McDonald’s, the “swoosh-style” design on the outside beckons hungry folk inside and offers the same popular menu but on a new-styled electronic menu board.
A message board reveals the number of the order being served.
Outside service is speedier with two pick-up windows, working in tandem. There is Wi-Fi service and by Friday breakfast there were some laptops clicking away at tables.
Owners and operators Ginger and Ray Johnson opened the restaurant for a “VIP reception” on Tuesday night. About 100 guests dined on a buffet provided by Dee Lawrence of D&L Catering.
Some hungry McDonald’s patrons were turned away at the drive-through window that evening, but by 5 a.m. Wednesday morning, the management team of Jennifer Morgan, Jeff Burroughs, Mike Shaffer and Dea Wiles were preparing for the official opening at 7 a.m.
The drive-through is open 24-7; the lobby closes at 11 p.m. except on Fridays and Saturdays when it is open until midnight.
(Staff writer Becky Harris can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and 505-1234.)