Popcorn and classic films on Detroit Avenue are now a distant memory.
They were replaced by the Golden Arches of McDonald’s, which opened its new restaurant Monday on the property that once housed the Detroit Theatre.
Lakewood school students streamed in on Monday afternoon after their classes had ended. Most of the seats were taken.
The new restaurant doesn’t bear much resemblance to the old McDonald’s on Sloane Avenue that closed its doors last month.
The idea behind the design, is a “modern, coffee-house feel,” said one employee. There’s a large-screen TV, and outlets lining the walls for laptops.
“The employees are also really excited to work in a brand new modern McDonald's kitchen and restaurant,” said employee Christine Studer.
A supervisor told Lakewood Patch that the “soft opening” went as planned.
“It’s been great,” he said, referring additional questions to McDonald’s headquarters.
He noted that an official grand opening is in the works, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony is likely.