Ronald and McDonald’s celebrate with grand opening


After opening its newly decorated doors to the Madisonville community on Tuesday, the restored McDonald’s has had a busy week, culminating with an official grand opening party on Saturday evening.

“The re-opening process has been an amazing success thus far,” said Steve McKinney, owner and operator of the restaurant. “The community has really come out to support us big time and we thank them for it.”

McKinney wasn’t the only one to show his gratitude to Madisonville. Ronald McDonald himself made an appearance on Saturday night to entertain the children in attendance.

Ronald drew a quick line as kids waited for pictures with the iconic clown. The shots were taken in front of a balloon backdrop that were shaped to display a yellow letter “M”. He would conclude his appearance with a magic show in front of the packed crowd.

Kids were also encouraged to ride Teddy the camel through a marked off portion of the restaurant’s parking lot. The rider would have to climb a portable set of stairs in order to climb onto Teddy’s back for the ride.

Beforehand, families enjoyed many other activities in the parking lot. Adults and kids alike could test their accuracy with a blowup football station or win prizes such as free meals, sunglasses and other toys by spinning the prize wheel.

Kids also enjoyed a bounce house and balloon twisters throughout the late afternoon. There was a photo booth set up by one of the entrances to the restaurant with various options of items to pose for a picture with.

“Everyone I have come across seems to be very appreciative and complementary of the new building,” said McKinney. “I’m certainly thankful for all of the support that we have received.”

The grand opening concludes what was almost a week of festivities from the new McDonald’s. It began with fireworks before turning the sign to open for the first time on Tuesday and featured deals on certain menu items on the days in between.

The restaurant features new ordering boards on the inside as well as in the drive through as well as a dog park in the back. McKinney described it as one of the most state of the art McDonald’s in the country.