Saturday, December 7, 2013

Oldest operating McDonald's

An excellent example of early fast food architecture. The building doubles as the signage for the restaurant.

This site is the oldest in the worldwide chain of 20,000 restaurants and the last one with red-and-white striped tile exterior. After opening in 1953, it immediately became the standard for the fast food franchises across the country. The building and its 60 foot high neon sign with "Speedee the Chef" are eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

Employees wear 50's style uniforms of paper hats, white shirts and bolo ties. The restaurant serves the original menu of hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fries and old fashioned milkshakes. Also available are more recent McDonald's items such as Big Macs and Happy Meals.

McDonald's reopened the facility as it was with walkup windows and outdoor seating. The revitalization also brought forth an addition housing a museum, and gift shop along with more outdoor seating.

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