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.


Robyn Housemann June 21, 2011 at 12:58 PM
Just because it is efficient and fast does not mean that it is good for you. Obesity rates have tripled in children over the past 30 years and it is this type of food that contributes to that epidemic. Children and young adults have type II diabetes which used to be called "adult-onset" diabetes. The food is overprocessed and genetically modified. The animals that are used as the supply for meats are mistreated. I could go on and on ... but people still buy and eat this crap and feed it to their children. Why is that?
Sean Miro June 22, 2011 at 03:16 PM
I'm sure it's a learning curve as the staff are new, but the service was absolutely horrible.
Deb Kelleher June 23, 2011 at 10:38 AM
My boys begged to go last night as a "treat" celebrating the end of the school year. The service was incredibly slow. We were given the wrong size fries and the trash bins were overflowing. All this and some staff were standing around chatting with each other while many of us waited for our food. I agree with Sean that it is likely due to new staff but we won't be back til service improves. No matter how much my boys beg.....
Tara June 26, 2011 at 04:59 PM
I agree with both Sean and Deb, I have gone twice and both times waited at 20 minutes in line. The first time I wanted smoothies only to get to the front to find out they had none and no one could answer me as to when they would have them again. I also think the double drive through sounded like a good idea in the planning stage, but is actually not. They had my order confused with another car. Im hoping after everyone is sed to this new setup it will run smoothly.
Kevin Brosnahan July 20, 2011 at 04:50 PM
the 2 times i went here, before learning that Sue Bell was laid off for the re-modeling period and not hired back after 30 years of service, the wait time was at least 15 minutes in the drive thru with a near empty lot. I won't be back until i see Sue back!!!
Courtney Michelle July 20, 2011 at 05:12 PM
I haven't been since the remodel . . . and I never will. Not only, as mentioned above, is the service poor but after 30 years of loyal service the owner laid off Sue Bell, a revered staple of the Cheshire McDonald's family, to save a few bucks. While it may be cheaper to hire someone new, you have lost the respect of many by doing so. You have blatantly expressed where your priorities are and clearly class is not one of them. This article touts that the new building is 60% more efficient. If you are saving so much why worry about spending a bit extra to keep a part of the "family"? Your fancy new sign and (finally) repaved parking lot do not impress me. Loyalty and compassion do.
Barbara Borsari July 20, 2011 at 05:17 PM
So many people have been asking me where my sister, Sue, is. The reason I am being asked is because Sue had been a manager at Cheshire McDonald's for over 30 years. In fact, she worked there since the day it opened. She is a familiar face to the Cheshire community and always conducted her job duties with a great deal of professionalism. McD's was temporarily closed for reconstruction recently. During this time, employees were either laid off or relocated to other restaurants. Sue was laid off. Employees were told that they would have to re-apply and re-interview to get their jobs back when the construction was completed. I seriously doubt the legality of this practice, but I'm sure the owner found a loophole somewhere. Anyway, Sue re-applied. She never got an interview, a phone call, an explanation, or her job back. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that after 30+ years of service, Sue had to have been one of the higher paid employees. This is most likely the reason for her dismissal, but then again, who knows since she was never spoken to after her re-application. So Sue became a job-less single mom of a college student with no health insurance because her boss needed to re-model.
Jessica July 20, 2011 at 05:24 PM
It's true that you can't judge a book by its cover. The outside of the McDonald's looks lovely, but inside tells a completely different story. Everyone I've spoken to has had nothing good to say about the service. Also, the treatment of veteran employees disgusts me. The company should be ashamed of themselves. If they treat the employees like they don't matter, I can only imagine how much they actually care about the customers. If I want McDonald's I'll be purchasing some in another city, it's cheaper elsewhere anyway.
Darrylle Sullivan Olsen July 20, 2011 at 06:17 PM
Sue was an integral part of what made McDonald's so successful. What a shame that,especially in this ecomony, they would put loyalty so far back on the burner. Check out the link for more info. https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/208808135822508?id=222100307826624&notif_t=group_activity
Sarah Bell July 21, 2011 at 02:31 AM
the new McDonald's is lovely ill give them that, but i will never go to the Cheshire McDonald's ever again. My mother Susan Bell worked there for 32 years, when the remolding happen all employees where told they were being laid off and would have to reapply for there jobs witch is ridiculous to begin with. My mother reapplied and was never hired back, was never told why, let alone had got a phone call from the store owner. My mother was at the McDonald's more than the store owner, she was the one who kept things running smoothly, and whenever crap hit the fan everyone went to her to fix it. My mother was so loyal to that McDonald's and she could even get a phone call to tell her why she wasn't getting hired back. Check out the Facebook group for more details http://www.facebook.com/groups/208808135822508?ap=1
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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