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Ronald McDonald is still in the closed Endwell restaurant

More than a week after Endwell McDonald’s abruptly closed its grills, the company’s cartoon mascot is alone inside, looking out over the once-crowded Playland.

There’s been no word from McDonald’s on the decision to close the operation on East Main Street, which was located directly across from Burger King.

The closed McDonald’s restaurant at 3333 East Main Street in Endwell. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News

The closed McDonald’s restaurant at 3333 East Main Street in Endwell. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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A McDonald’s restaurant, which includes a children’s play area, opened in 1997. The fast food company acquired the property from Union City for $80,000.

The restaurant was built where the Hooper School building had stood for 78 years. After the school was closed by the Maine-Endwell School District, the site was used for several years by the Town of Union. For a time, it was home to a state police substation and studios used by public television WSKG.

A sign with the image of “Ronald McDonald” sitting in a trash can outside a closed restaurant in Indwell on January 25, 2023. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

A sign with the image of “Ronald McDonald” sitting in a trash can outside a closed restaurant in Indwell on January 25, 2023. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

People who live and work in the area expressed their surprise that the McDonald’s unit was shut down without prior notice on January 15. But some admitted that the place didn’t seem as crowded as the chain’s other area locations.

An employee at the nearby Burger King said the restaurant will remain open. She noted an increase in business since McDonald’s closed.

The message board was blank at the closed Endwell McDonald’s across from the Burger King unit. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News

The message board was blank at the closed Endwell McDonald’s across from the Burger King unit. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Workers inside the idle restaurant on Wednesday were seen removing some of the remaining items.

A McDonald’s representative was unable to say what is planned for the Enduil drug.

McDonald’s closed a poorly performing West State Street location in Binghamton in September 2018.

WNBF News reporter Bob Joseph contacted: [email protected] or (607) 545-2250. For breaking news and updates on developing stories, stay tuned @tweet on Twitter.

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