McDonald's: back in business

Middlebury's rebuilt McDonald's Restaurant on U.S. Route 7 south reopened Oct. 28 with a visit by Gov. Jim Douglas, Ronald McDonald the clown, and Middlebury's American Legion Color Guard-along with hundreds of new and old customers curious to see what the fanfare was all about.

The old restaurant was demolished during the summer with a new, "greener" building rising in its footprint.

The interior decor is evocative of mid-1960s Populuxe styling and includes comfortable benches, single stools, and soft lamp lighting. Several new items have been added to the menu and a large screen television monitor provides news and sports for customers lingering over a meal or a cup of Newman's Own-brand organic coffee.

Over 200 customers began lining up at the restaurant in darkness at 3 a.m. on opening day just to receive free Egg McMuffins and other prizes.

During the month of November, free and discounted offerings will be provided along with on-going prizes and contests.

Owner-operator Charles Coughlin of Rutland said he was donating a generous portion of the profits of first-day sales to the Mary Hogan and Bridge schools in Middlebury.

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