ST. CHARLES – It didn't take long for the reopened McDonald's on the west side of St. Charles to draw in customers.
"We actually had people lined up before we opened," said Brandon Ross, McDonald's area supervisor for Yanni Management, on Thursday.
The restaurant, located at 1915 W. Main St., opened its doors to the public at 5 a.m. Thursday after being closed for more than four months. The company's typical 90- to 100-day turnaround on building projects was delayed in part by on-and-off inclement weather since the store closed for construction on Feb. 23, Ross said.
The company first tore down the previous 55-year-old building and built a new 5,234 square-foot restaurant that sits farther west on the property and is parallel to West Main Street.
Customers on Thursday praised the restaurant's modern look and open space.
"I like it – it looks like something you'd see in the city," said Steven Leitner of St. Charles.
Leitner on Thursday ate breakfast at the west side McDonald's with three of his friends. The boys, who all attend St. Charles North High School, made plans to be there for the first day after they saw the restaurant's outdoor digital reader board on Wednesday advertising the 5 a.m. next-day opening.
Leitner and his friends also liked the restaurant's digital menu board and new covered outdoor patio.
Other additions include a double drive-thru, mini-waterfall, a couple tables with built-in LED lights, and about 50 more seats than the previous building, Ross said.