Sources tell me that McDonald's plans to rebuild the restaurant but that it will have the chain's new look and feel. Additionally, while the now demolished eatery featured about a dozen seats inside its small dining room, intel suggests that the new restaurant will be Checkers-like with a single if not double drive-thru and a walk up counter. Personally, I will miss the vintage look of the McDonald's as it was rather unique and a landmark in the area. I'm not old enough to remember whether this location actually dates from the 50s, or was built later as a replica, but either way it was a special location.
Atlanta-based Healey Weatherholtz owns basically the entire city block from Howell Mill to Beck Street (Willy's Mexican Grill), back behind to Emery Street and back up Collier. "Howell Mill" as the project is referred to on the HW site "is a mixed-use redevelopment project combining restaurants, shops, and residences in a walkable streetscape." I was previously told that the hope was that Chick-fil-A would relocate to where Willy's currently is, and that they would build a retro looking restaurant to match its counterpart McDonald's on the opposite end. Given the McDonald's situation, along with the fact that both they and Chick-fil-A have ground leases on their parcels, that scenario is far less likely.
What are your thoughts on the planned development and the upcoming possible generic McDonald's? Do you think the area needs more residences and restaurants or is traffic already bad enough? What would you like to see done with the parcel if not a mixed-use project? Please weigh in below.