McDonald’s serving in downtown Batavia again
By Linda Girardi For The Beacon-News December 3, 2012 2:38PM
A steady flow of loyal Mc-customers filled the newly built McDonald's at 125 W. Wilson St. in downtown Batavia Monday. The hamburger giant demolished the store in September, and rebuilt on the same site it has occupied for almost 35 years.| Linda Girardi ~ For Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 5, 2013 6:18AM
BATAVIA — The Golden Arches are welcoming diners again, as McDonald’s Restaurant reopened Monday in downtown Batavia.
“We have been extremely busy,” said Anthony Lardas, franchise owner and operator of the restaurant, which was torn down and then rebuilt on the same site it has occupied since 1978.
The McDonald’s Restaurant at 125 W. Wilson St. had been under construction since early September. It reopened at 6 a.m. Monday and held a steady business throughout the day.
John Lardas and his two sons, Anthony and John, Jr., have owned and operated the downtown Batavia McDonald’s for 14 years. The family owns other McDonald’s sites in Geneva, St. Charles, North Aurora, Elburn and Wasco.
“One of the positives of owning stores in the area is that we saved every employee by splitting them up between our other locations,” Lardas said.
The new 4,156-square-foot building has the latest technologies, including a digital menu board, dual-point ordering system at the counter to avoid wait lines and a double drive-through to meet demand.
The hamburger giant has been modernizing its older stores with a new look, while maintaining its iconic Golden Arches design with exterior façade improvements. The sloping bright red roofs have been replaced with conventional roofs and white masonry has been replaced with earth tones, cultured stone and glass and metal awnings.
The rebuilt restaurant will be open 24 hours a day — and by early afternoon Monday, 1,000 people had stopped in, surpassing the usual 1,200 to 1,500 customers on an average day.
Ed Duffy, 87, who owns a women’s boutique on West Wilson Street, is one of the regulars who swap stories, talk about the weather and city business with a crowd of friends who meet at 3 p.m. most weekdays.
“This will continue to bring people to the downtown,” Duffy said of the revamped restaurant.
A ribbon cutting at the downtown McDonald’s is scheduled for Dec. 15.