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McDonald's is back
Eatery razed and rebuilt over summer
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Cheryl Sharpe, manager of McDonald’s on Atlanta Highway, said customers have been asking about its reopening, slated for Monday. - photo by Crystal Ledford

Big Mac lovers rejoice. The McDonald’s on Atlanta Highway is scheduled to reopen Monday.

The site, which has been a part of Cumming since 1974, was torn down in late June to make room for a completely new restaurant.

Crews have worked since then to build from the ground up a more modern facility.

“This is the latest and greatest of what McDonald’s has to offer,” said owner Keith Muller. “It’s a very convenient store.”

Among the features in the design, he said, is a “side-by-side drive-through,” in which two lanes of traffic can place orders at the same time.

“This new system also has a new feature that will actually take a picture of your car to go along with your order,” Muller said. “That should eliminate misorders.”

The store will also offer an indoor playground area with separate seating from the regular dining area.

“Now parents won’t have to deal with the heat or the cold … and having a seating area inside [the playground area] allows an opportunity for parties in an isolated area,” he said.

The playground also offers a separate area from children 3 and younger.

Most of the employees who worked at the old restaurant will return, he said, as well as some new hires.

“We’ll have the old regulars, as well as some new smiling faces,” he said.

Cheryl Sharpe, store manager, said she and her employees are excited to get back to work at their home restaurant since many worked at other sites during the closure.

“We’re ready to be open again,” she said, noting customers seem to also be happy about the comeback.

“We’ve had some people come by asking when we’ll reopen, and anytime I’m out anywhere people seem to always ask me when we’re opening.”

Sharpe said crews are happy about the updated equipment and layout of the kitchen.

“It’s a lot more efficient in the back,” she said.

The restaurant also offers a more modernized layout for those dining in.

Muller said customers have a much larger, self-serve beverage area, which should help with “the flow” after patrons place their orders.

“Now people won’t get bottlenecked at the counter,” he said.

Sharpe said her crews will begin work about 3:30 a.m. Monday.

“This weekend we’ll get everything stocked up, so Monday we can just start cooking.”

The restaurant dining room will be open daily from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., while the drive-through will be open 24 hours a day.