(Re)Build It and They Will Come
After this Spy Diner wrote a piece on Bas Rouge in Easton, a friend called me an elitist, noting that relatively few Eastonians are lucky enough to eat there. They suggested that I visit a more popular restaurant. The friend suggested that Spy readers would welcome reading about a restaurant “in the mainstream.”
I followed the advice and set plans for a meal of Chicken McNuggets, fries, and a Coke at the McDonalds’s located in the Marlboro Plaza shopping center in Easton. I drove there, hungry, but ready to share objective comments on my meal. If the fries were cold or the Coke flat, Spy readers were going to hear about it.
Alas, when I pulled into the shopping center, the McDonald’s was gone, sort of. It is sort of gone because it is being remodeled.
Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Eastonians likely experienced the same disappointment I did. A wait of two or three months for a meal is nobody’s idea of fast food.
Even the drive thru is closed!
When this unit reopens, the fries, Big Macs, and Happy Meals will return. If press releases are accurate, the food should also be a bit better. McDonald’s is promising to use fresh beef in its burgers and antibiotics-free chicken. Although I’m not a regular customer, I’ll see if I can tell the difference. I’ll also go regular size and leave the Super-Size offerings for others.
If the progress on the remodeling so far is any indication, the new McDonald’s will look quite different than the old one. A banner at the construction site promises “A Fresh New Look.” It should be as nice as any of the other 375 McDonald’s in Maryland. Expect an iteration of the current McDonald’s design motif. No huge golden arches but still unmistakably a McDonald’s.
Will Ronald McDonald attend a grand re-opening? Will pictures of Eastern Shore waterfowl grace the walls? Only time will tell. Patience is called for.
Stay tuned. Once this unit re-opens, I will venture back and hope to offer Spy readers my insights.