Burned-out McDonald’s demolition begins

By on April 24, 2015

Bill Brown, co-owner the burned-out McDonald’s in Ephrata today began the tear-down of the old restaurant at 140 N. Reading Road in the Cloister Shopping Center.

20150424_101612   The new one is expected to open by mid-July, Justin Sipe, the general contractor, said Friday.

“We’ll do the best we can to get this popular restaurant back open as quickly as possible,” said Sipe, of  Mount Joy-based GMC Inc.

The McDonald’s  was destroyed by a fire last June.

Since that time Brown –  who co-owns three other McDonald’s franchises in Lancaster County with his wife, Joanne, and daughter, Kristin Fraser – opened a new McDonald’s restaurant last August in the Ephrata Marketplace, 866 E. Main St.20150424_101837

That roughly 3,900-square-foot restaurant – which occupies an outparcel at the Giant-anchored shopping center along Route 322 – features side-by-side drive through lanes that merge to one lane at the pick-up window.

Brown said the cramped footprint at Cloister Shopping Center prevents the installation of two drive-thrus, something that is typical of newer McDonald’s.

Plans to intentionally reduce business at that location by as much as 20 percent include a smaller dining area of eighty seats, maintaining a single drive -thru window, and the Ephrata Township McDonald’s location recently opened by the Brown’s will draw away some customers.

Plans call for moving the kitchen in the new restaurant next to the drive through should also reduce wait time.

“The new restaurant will be on grade,” Brown said. “By bringing it down to level, bringing the kitchen next to the drive through will help turn cars faster and in a time similar to Ephrata Township which on average is 17 seconds faster.”

Patrick Burns is a staff writer for The Ephrata Review. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at pburns.eph@lnpnews.com or at 721-4455.

 

 

 

 

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