STILLWATER, Okla. —
The McDonald’s restaurant on Boomer Road won’t be gone for long. It’s simply undergoing a McMakeover.
The drive-through is scheduled to reopen July 20 with the dining room coming online about three weeks later, owner Biff Horrocks said.
The restaurant was showing its age. It was last remodeled in 1994. Horrocks said he started planning the restaurant’s facelift a few years ago, but what started as a remodel turned into a rebuild.
The building was bulldozed on July 3, leaving just the playground area, drive-through and a banner advertising a new menu item.
The disappearance set off alarms among Stillwater residents who recalled the abrupt May closure of the Perkins Family Restaurant at the intersection of Hall of Fame Avenue and Main Street. That restaurant has been razed to make room for a CVS pharmacy.
The McDonald’s rebuild is part of a corporate makeover launched last year. The $1 billion-plus undertaking will have a majority of America’s 14,000 McDonald’s looking and feeling more like a cafe or bistro than a fast-food restaurant when it is completed by 2015.
National Retail and Commercial Contractors, Inc., of Mesquite, Texas, is in charge of the Stillwater remodel, which will cost approximately $600,000 according to a building permit issued by the city of Stillwater.
The construction company has worked on several McDonald’s remodels in Oklahoma, Horrocks said.
Horrocks also owns McDonald’s restaurants on West Sixth Avenue in Stillwater and in Perkins.
McDonald’s employees at the Main Street restaurant are either taking vacation time or working at Horrocks’ other McDonald’s restaurants for now, Horrocks said.
There will be one thing missing at the new McDonald’s — the caboose that became a Stillwater landmark.
“We are sad that we have to get rid of the caboose, but with the new McDonald’s style, it did not fit,” Horrocks said.