Eatery on 185th Avenue being rebuilt with modern styling

Don Armstrong stood in the rain and watched an excavator tear down his McDonald’s restaurant along 185th Avenue in Hillsboro last Thursday morning.

Armstrong wasn’t sad, though. In fact, he was lovin’ it. And so was Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey, who was there, too.

Armstrong, the owner of 13 McDonald’s restaurant in the metropolitan area, is rebuilding it with contemporary styling, more comfortable seating, flat screen TVs, a 24-hour dual lane drive-thru with digital menu boards, landscaping and salmon sculptures by local artist Bob Kimball.

“McDonald’s is changing with the times. We are not only enhancing our menu in response to the evolving needs and taste preferences of our customers, but we are also looking to give our customers a dining experience that’s more inviting,” said Armstrong.

Armstrong knows a lot about how McDonald’s has evolved over the years. He first began working for the company 43 years ago and became an owner-operator 33 years ago. He has owned restaurants in Oregon for the last 29 years.

This is not Armstrong’s first modern McDonald’s, either. Last June, he opened a new one at the corner of West Union and Cornelius Pass Road. Then he completely remodeled the one in Aloha last November. Both feature the same type of upgrades coming to the new one being rebuilt at 2435 N.W. Town Center Drive over the next few months.

The restaurant that was demolished originally opened in 1982. It was a classic McDonald’s at the time, with lots of bright colors and hard plastic. In contrast, the replacement restaurant will be almost sedate, with muted tones that reflect a more contemporary feel.

Several local businesses are involved in the project. They include T.J. Nisbet Construction, Emerald Gardens and Bob Kimball Design.

“At McDonald’s, we take great pride in supporting the economy by investing in local businesses,” said Armstong. Nearly 90 percent of McDonalds’ 14,000 restaurants in the U.S. are owned and operated by local businessmen and women.

All of the employees at the restaurant being rebuilt are currently working at other locations owned by Armstrong.

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