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New McDonald’s on George St. ready for grand opening



Old building was torn down in February for road improvements 

The Golden Arches have returned to Bridgeview Plaza.

Kristina Schoh of the Courtesy Corporation welcomed a VIP audience to the new McDonald’s on George St.

Customers got to try the new kiosk system, where they can place an order on a video screen without having to wait in line at the counter.

The new building is a short distance from where McDonald’s, which opened in 1972, had to shut down Feb. 27, to make way for road improvements.

Restaurant owner Rick Lommen said he called on friends in state government to see if the old place couldn’t be spared.

“I had spoken with Mike Huebsch,” Lommen said, referring to the former State Assemblyman and Wisconsin Administration secretary. 

“His first job was here.  And, he informed me that, yes the road was going to be put through our restaurant and there was nothing that the DOT could do about it.”

The new building officially opens for business at 5 a.m. Thursday.



A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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