McDonald's Restaurant - Downey, CA (3rd Unit)

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    The 1953 McDonald's restaurant at 10207 Lakewood Blvd. (at Florence Ave.) was the third franchised McDonald's built and is the oldest surviving McDonald's. It was listed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's 1994 list of the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. It was one of the first restaurants franchised by Dick and Mac McDonald, prior to the involvement of Ray Kroc in the company, and it still has the original "Golden arches" and a 60-foot animated neon "Speedee" sign.

    With low sales, damage from the 1994 Northridge earthquake, and the lack of a drive-up window and indoor seating, the restaurant was closed. However with both the public and preservationists demanding the restaurant be saved, McDonald's spent two years restoring the restaurant and reopened it. Customers today can visit the original restaurant and an adjoining gift shop and museum.

    Meteorry, laap mx, KW kid, and 3 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Bill Gerrard (Primary Colors) 75 months ago | reply

      I last ate there right before it closed. Good to hear it has been saved. I will need to stop by again in the future for some photography.

    2. Jodi Summers 36 months ago | reply

      Nice lighting...

    3. Lichtreclame 20 months ago | reply

      NEW transformed in a retro style in the Netherlands:

    4. billdroadrunner1 11 months ago | reply

      I have been there too, really cool and I have several photos of the same place on my photostream.

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