McDonald’s in Dora ready to reopen next week after remodel

By LEA RIZZO, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 8/10/17

DORA — McDonald's in Dora will reopen next week with a brand new look.

According to Barry DeGonzague — who along with his wife Lorraine are the new owners of the national chain’s Dora location — almost everything both inside and outside the restaurant will be different.

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McDonald’s in Dora ready to reopen next week after remodel

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DORA — McDonald's in Dora will reopen next week with a brand new look.

According to Barry DeGonzague — who along with his wife Lorraine are the new owners of the national chain’s Dora location — almost everything both inside and outside the restaurant will be different.

"Everything's pretty much changed," DeGonzague said. "The actual building itself, the structure, is still the same as what it was."

The remodel started in July, with McDonald’s staying open for the first two weeks before closing down for the rest of the work to be completed.

DeGonzague said it was just the right time to overhaul the whole restaurant, which is located on U.S. Highway 78 and opened in 1991, and address the issues the building had.

The restaurant now has a new, more modern design on the inside, LED lighting and a digital menu board in the drive-thru. It also has new landscaping, a new interior ceiling, new restrooms and a new, smaller indoor playground.

Eventually, the Dora McDonald's will also feature a touch-screen kiosk where customers can place their orders, like the feature already seen in the McDonald's on U.S. Highway 78 in Jasper. The DeGonzagues also own that McDonald's, as well as the one in Love’s Travel Stop and two other McDonald’s restaurants in Hanceville and Fultondale.

All of the equipment that was previously visible behind the counter is now moved so customers no longer can see it.

"The counter's design is much more clean looking now," DeGonzague said.

Orders can also be delivered to dine-in patrons at their tables now, rather than the customers having to wait on their order at the counter.

According to a press release from McDonald’s of Central Alabama, the Dora location will be the first location in Alabama to serve customers two new McCafé drinks, Hot Caramel Macchiato and Hot Cappuccino.

However, one of the most important changes coming to the restaurant, DeGonzague said, is a working air conditioner.

Although they had made multiple repairs since taking over the restaurant in November 2016, the air conditioner had not properly worked in years and was replaced during the renovation.

The restaurant will be able to seat approximately 54 people.

McDonald’s will hold a special opening and ribbon cutting on Monday, Aug. 14, with local community leaders in attendance, and will reopen to the public on Tuesday, Aug. 15.

On Saturday, Aug. 26, McDonald’s will hold a grand opening event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. specifically for children in the community, featuring face painting, bike giveaways, a prize wheel, $1.99 Happy Meals with the purchase of each Extra Value Meal and an appearance by Ronald McDonald.

DeGonzague encouraged customers to come back to the restaurant and see all the changes and enjoy a new, improved McDonald’s experience.