After 20 years of rocking out, the Solid Gold McDonaldâ€™s is at the end of an era.
On Friday, April 1, the process of renovating the themed restaurant will begin, and all of the rock â€˜nâ€™ roll memorabilia will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. The Greenfield McDonaldâ€™s, 5040 S. 76th St., will get a completely new look that includes modern lighting fixtures, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. There will also be a new, reconfigured drive-through.
Bill McEssy owns the Solid Gold McDonaldâ€™s. McEssy (really? McEssy owns a McDonaldâ€™s? Thatâ€™s McFunny!) purchased the restaurant from Jim Patterson in 1991. Patterson was a memorabilia collector who brought his rare collectibles into the restaurant and doubled sales within a month.
But McEssy feels its time for a change.
Some of the memorabilia items that will be donated include Buddy Hollyâ€™s shirt and rare family photos, Paul McCartneyâ€™s signed Rickenbacker guitar, a signed Richie Valensâ€™ record and Marilyn Monroeâ€™s autograph.
The 30-year-old McDonaldâ€™s will reopen in July 2011.
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