By Julie Travers
WESTCHESTER| It was plain to see everybody was lovin’ it on Wednesday, October 17th, when the Westchester McDonald’s restaurant located on 31st Street celebrated its grand re-opening after undergoing 4 weeks of renovations that cost nearly $800.000.
Owner David Bear, David Jose, General Manager, village officials including Westchester Mayor Paul Gattuso, Divine Providence school officials, Principal Karen Foleno, and Westchester Chamber President, John Lorenzo, gathered in the lobby and dining area of the new and improved McDonald’s, which , opened in Westchester on October 15, 1993.
“We are excited and honored to reinvest in the community,” said Bear. Bear noted that while the outside of the building was not altered, the inside of the restaurant has “the latest and greatest of everything, including a state-of-the-art Play Place and Sparkle Table. Bear added, “The McDonald’s of today is about enjoying the experience.”
“We’re very grateful for the community and the village for all the help they’ve given us in getting the renovations completed,” Bear said.
“I’m pleased to have the Bear Family Restaurants as part of Westchester, Mayor Gattuso said. “The restaurant business is challenging and guys like us have to figure out how to solve those challenges.”
“The Westchester Chamber is growing,” said Lorenzo. “We’re excited to have McDonald’s join our growing membership.”.
“I think it’s great for the community,” State Rep Chris Welch, 7th District, Westchester said. “It means economic development, reinvestment in the community, and it means more tax dollars in the village of Westchester, and more things that McDonald’s can get involved in to support local activities. I think that’s why you see all the excitement from the people and local community organizations. I’m excited for this, I’m excited for the Bear family, and I’m excited for the village of Westchester.”
The new McDonald’s, of course, brings tax revenue into the village, but Bear noted the job opportunities that exist for residents, as well.
“One of the things we’ve enjoyed about being in the McDonald’s business is being able to hire from within the community and get people jobs, and in some cases, give them careers,” he said.
Upcoming Events at this location include: Balloon Creations Saturday, October 27th at 1 pm; Face Painting November 3rd at noon, and a Magic Show November 10th at noon.
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