The McDonald’s at 1620 Richmond Road closed for renovations late last month, but diners won’t have to wait much longer to get a quick bite.
The restaurant closed on Nov. 26, but co-owner Jim Wheeler said he expects the construction work to be completed in the coming weeks and for the restaurant to reopen by Dec. 20.
Wheeler runs the restaurant with his wife Leslie, who is the restaurant’s primary owner. He said improvements to the restaurant will include a exterior remodel, which will add a new look and LED lighting, along with an interior remodel of the dining area and technological upgrades to the way customers order their food. The remodeling work is being done by Chesapeake-based Bissette Construction.
“It’s just a whole new look for the restaurant,” he said. “We’re really excited about it.”
The biggest addition to the restaurant will come in the form of a new self-ordering kiosk, Wheeler said. Customers still will be able to order their food at the front counter, but also will have the option of placing their orders using the touch-screen interface and having their food brought out to their table when it’s ready.
“Whether a guest wants to place an order on their mobile app, or if they come in and order at the kiosk or the front counter and we bring the food out to their tables, it’s a little bit different than what McDonald’s has done over past years,” Wheeler said. “It’s better for our consumers, it gives the feeling that we’re there to service them rather than some of your typical fast-food service attributes.”
The restaurant will hold a grand re-opening party on Jan. 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wheeler said, where customers and their families can get their faces painted and win prizes. The Wheeler family owns McDonald’s restaurants in Chesapeake, Suffolk, Newport News, Poquoson, Gloucester, Hayes and Yorktown along with their Williamsburg location.
Comber Physical Therapy and Fusion Chiropractic, a local rehabilitation service offering physical therapy, massage therapy and chiropractic care, has announced the addition of a new coach to its Rock Steady Boxing Williamsburg program.
Jerry Hart, a six-time New England boxing champion and qualifier for the Junior Olympic Nationals and Golden Gloves Nationals, joined the boxing program at the physical therapy clinic, located at 5388 Discovery Park Blvd., late last month, according to a news release.
Rock Steady Boxing is an exercise program that incorporates non-contact, boxing-style training for people living with Parkinson’s disease. Workouts are aimed at improving balance, movement speed, flexibility, gait mechanics, emotional state and speech, according to the release.
Hart has an extensive background of boxing coaching experience, according to the release, having worked with the Department of Physical Education in West Point, NY and the Kaiserslautern Military Community’s boxing team in Germany.
Before joining Rock Steady Boxing Williamsburg, Hart, an army veteran, was a facility manager for the Norfolk Boxing and Fitness Center and head coach of Team Norfolk’s boxing team, and has been a certified coach with USA Boxing since 2003.
» Area real estate agency Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer has announced a number of new and renewed leases in the Greater Williamsburg area:
» Big T RSL, Inc, operated by new Aromas owners Michelle and Steve Sieling, has signed a new lease for 2,689 square feet in Merchant Square’s 431 Prince George Ct. Dawn F. Griggs, SIOR and Drew Haynie handled the lease negotiations for Colonial Williamsburg, the landlord.
» McDonough Bolyard Peck leased 2,000 square feet at 4804 Courthouse St. Andy Dallas, CCIM, SIOR handled the lease negotiations.
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