ST. CHARLES – It didn’t take long for the reopened McDonald’s on the west side of St. Charles to draw in customers.
“We actually had people lined up before we opened,” Brandon Ross, McDonald’s area supervisor for Yanni Management, said Thursday.
The restaurant, located at 1915 W. Main St., opened its doors to the public at 5 a.m. Thursday after being closed for more than four months. The company’s typical 90- to 100-day turnaround on building projects was delayed in part by on-and-off inclement weather since the store closed for construction Feb. 23, Ross said.
The company first tore down the previous 55-year-old building and built a new 5,234-square-foot restaurant that sits farther west on the property and is parallel to West Main Street.
Customers on Thursday praised the restaurant’s modern look and open space.
“I like it. It looks like something you’d see in the city,” said Steven Leitner of St. Charles.
Leitner on Thursday ate breakfast at the McDonald’s with three of his friends. The boys, who all attend St. Charles North High School, made plans to be there for the first day after they saw the restaurant’s outdoor digital reader board on Wednesday advertising the 5 a.m. next-day opening.
Leitner and his friends also liked the restaurant’s digital menu board and new covered outdoor patio. Other additions include a double drive-thru, mini-waterfall, a couple of tables with built-in LED lights, and about 50 more seats than the previous building, Ross said.
Many of the patrons looked forward to having one of their usual hangouts back. Ron and Carol Vial of St. Charles often would eat at the McDonald’s, including on Thursday. They live about six blocks away from the restaurant.
When McDonald’s was closed for construction, the Vials said they would eat at the St. Charles Burger King instead.
Elburn resident Craig Swan said his substitute locations during the closure were the Wasco and Elburn McDonald’s locations.
Swan said he comes to St. Charles often to visit with friends, and they once again will make the McDonald’s part of their rotation of meeting places.
If you go
What: St. Charles McDonald’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Meet & Greet Ronald McDonald Magic Show
When: 11 a.m. July 19
Where: 1915 W. Main St., St. Charles
Information: 630-377-7445 or www.mcillinois.com/189