BROOKSVILLE - A McDonald's at one of the busiest intersections of Hernando County will close its lobby doors starting Tuesday and undergo a renovation expected to take six weeks.
Work crews will re-do the interior of the 30-year-old restaurant, located at 13100 Mariner Square, off State Road 50 and Mariner Boulevard. They will install a double drive-through to accommodate more motorists. The playground will be taken out, according to an employee.
Work crews Wednesday put up a fence surrounding the restaurant and left a gap for walkers and an entry for cars.
The restaurant's drive-thru will remain open throughout the renovation.
Signs on the fence say, "We're rebuilding to serve you better," and an accompanying picture has a McDonald's that looks much like the one at 15050 Spring Hill Drive, at Aviation Loop Drive by the airport.
On Thursday, staff had put up signs on each door letting patrons know the restaurant will close at 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday.
McDonald's is undergoing a companywide renovation of its restaurants.
The familiar red tile roofs and bright interiors are systematically being replaced with new earthy colors. The inside of many McDonald's restaurants now resembles more of an upscale café with new wooden tables, different lighting, free wi-fi accessibility and even flat-screen televisions.
The closest free-standing McDonald's from Mariner Square is at 4166 Mariner Boulevard, north of Northcliffe Boulevard. There is also a McDonald's located inside the Wal-Mart Supercenter at 13300 State Road 50, just east of Mariner Boulevard.
The Mariner Square McDonald's is operated by the David Family, which has been involved in the ownership of McDonalds' stores on the Suncoast for decades.
Spokesman Josh Martin could not be reached for comment.