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McDonald's to Close for Several Months

The Fair Oaks Avenue fast food restaurant will upgrade its decades-old building, and in the process, scrap the children's play area.

If you have a hankering for a Big Mac over the next few months, you'll have to follow your appetite right out of the city, as the McDonald's at 716 Fair Oaks Ave. is closing to remodel.

A sleek, modern look will replace the restaurant's older, traditional design, according to a rendering from the architectural and engineering firm Ware Malcomb. But what won't be replaced is the restaurant's PlayPlace, the small, fenced-in play area in front of the restaurant, Shift Manager Matthew Scudieri said Tuesday. 

A phone call to McDonald's corporate offices was not immediately returned Tuesday.

Scudieri said the Fair Oaks Avenue location will close Wednesday for about four months, and during that time period the employees will be transferred temporarily to other restaurants. 

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Donna Evans January 11, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Really, @Tom? Wow - i did not drive over there to see if they, in fact, closed as the sign and the managers said. Wonder if a bunch of people didn't come in to work this week?! Thanks for the update.
Tom January 11, 2013 at 04:15 PM
I happen to dive by both to and from work every day. Seems like business as usual.
Sam Burgess January 11, 2013 at 04:48 PM
About a year or so ago, McDonalds made the decision to upgrade/update their 10,000+ outlets. The estimated cost of this grand re-design was to be in the vicinity of $1 billion (yes, B). The idea was to bring a more upscale (Starbucks-type) clientele while retaining their traditional customers. As such, new McDonalds will supposedly eliminate the old plastic tables, steel chairs and bright yellow/red colors and add wooden tables, faux leather chairs and more muted lighting. Flat screen TV's will also be on the menu. Also, Wi-Fi? As to the South Pasadena McDonalds. The only designs being displayed in the present outlet is of the exterior. I guess we will have to wait until the grand re-opening to experience the new interior...... ........and pray the the D***COMMIES, noticing the removal of our All-American flag poles, do not attempt a hostile take-over of our beloved and revered McDonalds.
Donna Evans January 11, 2013 at 06:27 PM
Just heard from McD's media person who said they don't have an exact closing date - which strikes me as rather odd since the large poster board next to the cashier reads "Jan. 9th.'' The renovations are supposed to total about $300,000. I'll update the story.
M.T. mills March 19, 2013 at 01:41 AM
I hope the South Pasadena Mc Donald’s has a more pleasant interior when finished than the recently re-built Alhambra location. The Alhambra Mc Donald’s on Main St. is ugly, loud and very uncomfortable. My family started to visit there when So Pas closed but soon gave up going there, it just isn’t an enjoyable place to eat, even for a fat food meal. Uncomfortable seating, to close together (the old booths were better), loud TV always on (not conducive to conversation) and insultingly ugly art on the walls. I don’t know what Mc Donald’s is trying to be with this new look but it looks very cheap, not at all nice like a Starbucks or even the newer Wendy’s

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