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McDonald’s will renovate its North Royalton restaurant in 2019

October 9, 2018

McDonald’s will renovate its North Royalton restaurant in 2019

NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio -- McDonald’s on Royalton Road, just east of State Road, will renovate its exterior and interior next year under a plan approved last week by the city’s Planning Commission.

The plan will feature new self-ordering kiosks inside and façade changes, including a new roof design and more earthy colors, outside. The square footage of the restaurant won’t change. Construction is scheduled to start in March 2019.

“McDonald’s is dressing up its restaurants corporate-wide,” Mayor Robert Stefanik, a Planning Commission member, told cleveland.com last week. “They are changing with the times, staying modern.”

In August, the fast-food chain opened a new restaurant in Chicago that is reportedly unlike any other McDonald’s, according to QSR magazine. The restaurant offers table service, delivery, and mobile ordering and paying, in addition to self-ordering kiosks.

The environmentally friendly design of the new Chicago McDonald’s includes solar panels, a roof with plants, dozens of trees and a parking lot with permeable pavers, which allow storm water to sink into the ground instead of flowing off the site.

The McDonald’s in North Royalton won’t include all of those features, and details about the plan here were limited last week. However, the redesigned North Royalton McDonald’s will share at least one architectural element with its Chicago counterpart: a roofline with metal trellis, which is a woven, relatively open structure.

The trellis will replace the existing mansard roof with its sloping sides, according to North Royalton Building Commissioner Dan Kulchytsky.

“The overall design is more modern, with muted colors and metal accents, as opposed to the bright red and yellow with traditional rooflines,” Kulchytsky told cleveland.com in an email.

At the city’s request, McDonald’s agreed to add cornices -- decorative crowns -- to all of the towers on the building, Kulchytsky said.

The North Royalton McDonald’s, like the restaurant in Chicago, will have new energy-efficient LED lighting, according to the renovation application submitted to the city.

The renovation will also include new signs. And McDonald’s will modify the restaurant’s parking spaces, walkways and building façade, according to the application, although details were unavailable.

The double drive-through and exterior brick will remain, according to Stefanik and David Gnatowski, a McDonald’s official in Columbus.

Interior renovations will include improved ADA accessibility in the restrooms, new furniture, new light fixtures and new finishes. The children’s play area will remain mostly unchanged, Stefanik said.

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