The McDonald’s near Southeast 91st and Powell is one of only three locations left in the country with the brand’s original mid-20th century architecture. The distinctive golden side arches and slanted roof greeted hungry commuters on Powell, for several decades.
The landmark eatery is now set to soon be demolished as part of a major overhaul.
The Lents McDonald’s is the country’s 3rd oldest, opened in 1962. The two older locations of similar design are in California. Both the Downey and Pomona locations were built in the ‘50s.
The entire location will close in February, and will eventually reopen with table service and self-service kiosks.
Current location owner James Dotson will be handing out tiles from the location as mementos, in the coming weeks.
The local social media outrage, over this closure, has been a bit bizarre. Almost as bizarre as this early McDonald's commercial featuring Willard Scott as Ronald McDonald.