Efficient Fast Food at Rebuilt McDonald's

From LED lighting to fryer oil that's recycled into bio-diesel fuel, the newly built McDonald's will save energy while satisfying appetites.

The town's oldest fast food restaurant not only has a new look, it has an entirely new building.

The rebuilt structure reflects the energy efficiency concerns of the 21st Century, according to the owner, with LED lighting inside and out, energy efficient fryers and used oil that is turned into bio-diesel fuel.

Owner Rachel Deane said she hired 68 workers for the restaurant which will offer 24-hour drive-through service, another first for Cheshire. The restaurant's new digital sign is also the only one in town.

The first Cheshire McDonald's opened in 1976,  said long-time manager Maureen Degnan. The restaurant opened the first drive-through in town in 1995, Degnan said. She's worked at the South Main Street business for 25 years. 

At Monday's ribbon cutting ceremony, Degnan along with Deane and town officials posed in front of the fully landscaped restaurant as customers lined up inside for an early lunch and a view of the interior.

Several large murals capture the history of Cheshire with a a downtown scene from the '50s and a cleverly framed photo of the historic Lock 12 park along the Farmington Canal Greenway. 

As part of the opening celebration, Deane will donate up to $2,000 to the Cheshire Relay for Life fundraiser.


Charisse Mihalakos July 21, 2011 at 02:58 PM
I don't know if the remodeling makes much difference in the amount of business because there are plenty of unattractive McDonalds that get tons of business. But reading that a loyal employee of 30 years was coldly treated is disturbing. And now another CT citizen is out of a job, will collect unemployment compensation, and lose income to spend in CT. This is becoming the destructive cycle which in turn hurts CT businesses because of lack of spending power. No doubt it was because she had a higher salary after so many years because she was obviously a good employee. Perhaps, as people say above, the service would be better too if she were still there. So, next time I pass through my hometown I'll avoid McDonald's and go to a place like Rossini's which has been open for 32 years and gives great service, food, and has been family-owned.
Jazmine Moss July 24, 2011 at 10:47 PM
I don't agree with any of you. There were many advertised "hiring days" for this McDonalds. I went to one of them and as a result was rehired. I heard thru the grapevine that Sue did not show to any of them. If she was so interested, then why didn't she show to one of those?? Moreover, I have also heard that Sue is employed at Aldi ..haven't validated that because I don't shop there. This "woah is me" attitude is pathetic. There are a number of great things that this restaurant does for the Cheshire community. Shame on you for such a one-sided view.
Sarah Bell July 25, 2011 at 12:43 AM
well jazmine she did reapply and showed interest and the reason she took the Aldis job is that she is a single mother and had no health insurance at the age of 53
Courtney Michelle July 25, 2011 at 01:00 AM
Perhaps before you fault us for our supposed "one sided view" you should have received all of the correct facts. Information that is posted by people such as Sue's daughter and sister are factual and not idle gossip found "through the grapevine". The reason she didn't show to any of the re-hiring days was because she WASN'T GRANTED AN INTERVIEW - nor an explanation - despite her re-application. Again, before you judge us for being rightfully upset, get your facts straight. And, on another note, it is WOE.
Barbara Borsari July 25, 2011 at 01:04 AM
Jazmine, I prefer to take stock in facts, and not what I hear through the grapevine. As for the great things McDonald's does for the community, I agree with you. I worked for Cheshire McDonald's for 8 years under some of the finest management, in my opinion. Working at McDonald's through high school and college enabled me to attend college and become a teacher. I also think Ronald McDonald House is among this country's greatest charities. I have great memories, and infinite respect for the McDonald's Corporation. It is the current ownership that I have a problem with. The way Sue's, and a few other employees' situations were handled was extremely unprofessional. If people decide that they don't wish to eat at the "new and improved" McDonald's, it may impact sales, and possibly your employment. I believe losing YOUR job may make you feel that "woe is me" attitude also.


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