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Classic McDonald's to get a new look

Construction equipment greets workers instead of the regular drive-thru at McDonald's on West Washington Street. McDonald's is closed temporarily as of Monday, Sept. 10, for a redesign. The drive-thru will reopen Friday, Sept. 19 but the dining room is closed until October. Renee Richardson / Brainerd Dispatch1 / 4
Customers order breakfast at the counter in the west Brainerd McDonald's Saturday, Sept. 8. The restaurant is closing as of Monday, Sept. 10, for a renovation inside and out. Renee Richardson / Brainerd Dispatch2 / 4
Golden arches inside the classic 1950's design in the west Brainerd McDonald's provided a haven for booths. The redesign is expected to give the restaurant a modern look. Renee Richardson / Brainerd Dispatch3 / 4
In 2003, a new McDonald's was constructed in west Brainerd with a classic look from the 1950s. Renee Richardson / Brainerd Dispatch4 / 4

McDonald's in west Brainerd is getting a makeover and will temporarily close beginning Monday, Sept. 10.

Customers can expect changes inside and out as the restaurant gets an update. Nor-Son is behind the construction work. The restaurants drive-thru will reopen Friday, Sept. 14. The dining room will reopen Oct. 20.

The restaurant, redesigned in 2003 with a 1950s style, is getting a new modern look.

McDonald's temporarily shut down the restaurant in the spring of 2003 to reopen that summer with the '50s look featuring the prominent golden arches and Speedee, the hamburger mascot. The 2003 rebuild was prompted in part by the Highway 210 construction project that spring providing an opportunity to tear down the existing building and create a classic look with along with the latest technology.

The site has been home to a McDonald's since July of 1974.

Saturday morning, customers were surprised after turning in to find a drive-thru no longer existed. The lobby was open for business and customers received a printed note with their purchases. In the note, McDonald's apologized for any inconvenience and referred customers to the McDonald's in northeast Brainerd. "We look forward to seeing you back here soon!"