Middlebury's revamped "green" McDonald's Restaurant on U.S. Route 7 will reopen Oct. 28 with considerable fanfare. The new, energy efficient restaurant will sport a fresh exterior and interior look with added outside green space.
The old restaurant was demolished during the summer; the new restaurant was built on the site of the old structure. At the cost of a new design, the restaurant has lost several parking spaces.
On hand for the ribbon-cutting event will be Gov. Jim Douglas, a resident of Middlebury. The governor is a McDonald's fan. Joining the VIPs for the day is Ronald McDonald, the restaurant chain's international icon of fun and good food. The clown is also the image of McDonald's Ronald McDonald House Charities.
On Oct. 28, restaurant doors will open at 7 a.m. with Gov. Douglas cutting the ribbon at 3 p.m. Ronald McDonald will appear 5-7 p.m.
The event will have several prize giveaways including six bicycles to be given away. To honor the day, Happy Meals will be $1.99. A Grand Prize Giveaway, an Arctic Cat DVX 300 Sport ATV, will be drawn Nov. 26.
The first 100 customers on Oct. 28 will win free Egg McMuffins, once a week, for one year.
According to McDonald's, 10 percent of opening day sales will be donated to the Mary Hogan and Bridge schools in Middlebury.