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Local restaurants renovate, expand, get ready to open

A few McDuffie County restaurants may look a little different in the coming weeks and months.

Places like McDonald's and Lucky's Chinese Restaurant are doing work on both the inside and outside to make the culinary experience more pleasing for the customer. Also, the Checkers drive through is nearing completion and should open by next week.

Local McDonald's Owner Rusty Hamilton said it was time to update the entire facility. Construction is currently underway on the dining room, and the restrooms are already complete. All of the work should be finished by January.

"We're doing an intensive remodel, and we've completed the first stage of it," Mr. Hamilton said. "We're going to remodel our kitchen. We're going to be putting a new roof on it and of course redoing the parking lot. ...Hopefully it will look like a brand new McDonald's when we're finished."

Mr. Hamilton said the restaurant will remain open during the remodeling. He asked for patience from customers during the process.

Lucky's is adding additional seating space as well as more room for the buffet. Lucky's Manager Alex Leung said the buffet should have much more variety once construction is complete.

"We just decided that since we've got a little extra cash on us that we'd go ahead and make it bigger just to give people a larger variety of food," he said.

Construction on Luckey's will have the restaurant closed for around two weeks just prior to the Christmas holidays so that walls can be knocked down and rebuilt. Mr. Leung said he hopes to open back up by the New Year.

Checkers, which has been under construction for several months, is simply waiting on the electricity to be connected. Once that is complete, Owner Andy Pye said things should start moving very quickly.

"Then we can start doing our final check and running all the equipment, testing everything," he said, adding that the drive-through should be open early next week, around Monday or Tuesday.



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