On the menu in Newark: A new McDonald’s

The McDonald’s in Newark will be one of the first in the region to get a makeover under a corporate program to modernize all of its U.S. restaurants by the end of the decade.

But in the case of Newark, the makeover is a bit more drastic.

They’re tearing the old one down and putting up a new one featuring the technical and operational changes that will eventually come to every franchise of the fast food goliath.

Workers have begun the process this week of razing the old McDonald’s, which was built in the early 1970s.

Newark McDonald’s owner Leonard “Ren” Weichbrodt said the project is a joint venture, with he and McDonald’s sharing the $3 million demolition and construction costs. Under a common franchise agreement, the McDonald’s corporation owns the building, while Weichbrodt owns the contents.

He and his staff removed equipment from the building after Labor Day, the last day the restaurant was open. Some of the equipment will go into the new McDonald’s to be built.

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