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LOOK: McDonald’s Opens on Detroit Avenue

The new fast food restaurant plants the Golden Arches at the site of the former Detroit Theatre.

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.

ian king October 13, 2012 at 02:27 AM
HI Shelley, Not sure where your house is, but anyone knows that if you buy near a residence near a commercial street, railroad, factory, etc. - any business or industrial area - there is ALWAYS the reality that commercial expansive could happen. What did you originally pay for your home? I am sure it was less expensive than a home on Clifton or Lake or areas of Lakewood that were primarily residential already. I am sorry to hear about the lowering of the value of your home, but there are no guarantees in real estate - it can go up or down. The only guarantee a home owner has is LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. Sorry, but buying within a few blocks of a major commercial/transport street like Detroit or even Madison, is somewhat risky. That is just the reality of real estate and life in any city, including Lakewood.
ian king October 13, 2012 at 02:34 AM
BTW, I was in McDonald's today and it is actually a nice modern decor on the inside. Well integrated, lit and decorated, and much more inviting than the older McDonald's. If we had to have one on Detroit due to our current tough economic conditions, and accepting the reality of people's wants/desires regarding their eating habits in America today, at least this McDonald's is as nice as they currently come!
Shelley October 13, 2012 at 09:11 AM
Look all over Lakewood, in the past they have shielded residents from fast food restaurants this near to homes on residential streets. When Burger King and Taco Bell were 1st placed here in the 80's it was a huge deal and they are well away from ruining anyone's home value. It was traffic and tacky issues that were the problem back then. Drive down Detroit and count how many places McD's could have gone and been placed near other businesses instead of where it's exit is next to someone's personal home driveway. It is unheard of. And it is also unheard of to have houses bulldozed, one after the other and homes abandoned because of not a single offer due to the impending bright, smelly, monument to trash and lines of C02. This is not at all something anyone would expect as it has NEVER happened anywhere in Lakewood before. I am 46 years old, you need not explain market values to me. They fluctuate slightly. Having 2 houses and counting bulldozed so far on a 1 block street? This was a good street. A former prosecutor and a judge live here. They were single homes bulldozed that 1 business prevented from selling. Where do you hear of that happening? Give me examples of where and when that has happened before Ian, as in my years of life and 18 years of Lakewood I have not seen or heard of this kind of these kind of damages caused by 1 business. Why should it matter more than all of these families? But thanks for the empathy, neighbor.
ian king October 13, 2012 at 10:05 AM
Hi Shelley, Totally understand. But in real estate there are just no guarantees. There is always a risk something can happen to your house, the neighbor's house, the street, etc. I totally empathize with you, but I have owned and only purchased in strong residential homes only streets. No businesses or factories, - commercial - nearby. I knew I would pay more for location, location, location, but felt it was worth it just in case. Times and economic situations have changed. Lakewood is losing both populations and businesses since the 1980s. Detroit Ave and Madison Ave has changed too, less businesses/empty store fronts/urban blight. The city has tough choices to make - less business, less tax base, more urban blight - or attract business, increase tax base, less urban blight. Unfortunately, homes located near new businesses that may not be the most desirable ones for the neighbors. But there are no guarantees in home ownership - never has been and never will be.
Rick Uldricks October 16, 2012 at 01:20 PM
I visited this McDonald's last night - I'm not loving' it. Parking and traffic flow is worse than Marc's Plaza or Heinen's in River. The furniture is uncomfortable - by design - certainly not a cozy 'coffee shop' atmosphere. Also, the decor just doesn't seem to be what you would expect in a spot that at one time was an historic theater (no photos of the old Detroit Theatre either). The dining room seems to almost discourage people from eating in it; McDonald's must be banking on making most of the money from the dual drive-thru (bad news for Woodward residents). This is probably a good thing overall, but I fully expected to see a Kid's Playland; there isn't one - this place doesn't seem kid friendly at all. I would not be surprised to see this location fail.

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