Monday, December 3, 2012
After three months of construction, McDonald's returns in a brand-new building in downtown Batavia. There will be daily specials through Dec. 9 at this location.
The golden arches are back up again in downtown Batavia. The new Batavia McDonald's is set to open this week of Dec. 3-9, Yanni Management told the Kane County Chronicle. Yanni runs nine McDonald's locations in the Tri-Cities area. Residents will finally see the inside of the brand-new building, which will include TVs in some seating areas, according to the Chronicle. Like other area McDonald's, the Batavia location had a double drive-thru installed to handle a large volume of car traffic. The new digs were constructed in the same spot of the old building, 125 W. Wilson St. Crews began to tear down the 34-year-old structure on Sept. 5 and leveled the property in about 48 hours. Officials projected a November opening, but the tentative 60-…
Friday, September 28, 2012
Get your caffeine on and celebrate with a free cup of coffee.
Friday, September 28, 2012
If the first words out of your mouth every morning are, “I’ll have a large coffee”—or if you can’t even speak until after you’ve had your java fix—there's a national holiday created especially for you. America will put staunch tea drinkers to shame on National Coffee Day on Sept. 29, when coffee fiends can rejoice and celebrate their beloved coffee bean with free brew from national chains. Coffee was first brought to America in the mid-1600s in a shipment en route to “New Amsterdam,” now known as New York, according to the National Coffee Association. We have that shipment and the Boston Tea Party to thank for turning the nation into coffee drinkers. McDonald's restaurants in the Chicago area will be giving away free 12-ounce coffees …
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Here's some pictures of the last pieces standing, and video clips of the sign coming down.
Editor's note: To play the short video clip on this page, hit the 'play' button (the triangle icon) in the center of the video box. Apologies for the low audio level. For laptop/desktop viewers, the video box will be at the top of the page. For iPhone/mobile version users, the video box will be at the bottom of the page. It didn't take long for those golden arches to come down. By Friday morning, the Batavia McDonald's was reduced to part of a single northwest wall of the original structure. Excavation of the downtown site began on Wednesday morning and continued through Thursday afternoon. The city's only McDonald's, located at 125 W. Wilson St., is getting an upgrade. A new building for the restaurant will be constructed in the same spot…
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
The old-school location on Wilson Street is coming down, according to media reports.
UPDATE: Photos of the downtown McDonald's demolition are now posted. If you want one last look at the current Batavia McDonald's, you better do it soon. That's because the existing building at 125 W. Wilson St. will be demolished to make way for an updated restaurant that includes a double drive-thru. The demolition is scheduled to begin this week, the Kane County Chronicle reports. Construction of the modern McDonald's will take about 60 days, followed by a grand opening sometime in November, according to the Aurora Beacon-News. The Batavia City Planning Commission met multiple times this year with McDonald's developers to review and vote on plans for the revamp. The upcoming 4,000-plus sq. ft. restaurant will be smaller than the current …
Thursday, April 5, 2012
The plan for a new downtown McDonald's was met with excitement and caution at Wednesday night's joint meeting between the Zoning Board, and the Plan and Historic Preservation commissions.
The Batavia McDonald's plan on Wednesday did not get all the glowing recommendations officials had hoped for. Although variances and a conditional use permit were recommended for approval at a public meeting, some Plan Commission members took issue with the design review approval for a modern Mickey D’s. “We’re all very excited about it," said Sue Peterson, plan commission chair and zoning board of appeals member. "We’ve been waiting for a very long time for McDonald’s to do something with their structure. But we feel that we deserve something special for our McDonald’s since it’s the center of our downtown.” The current McDonald’s building at 125 W. Wilson Street has been up since 1978. The site would be razed and a new building with a …