McDonald's will be demolishing its restaurant at Dakota Square Mall and constructing a brand new building on the same site.
Bruce Jensen, licensee supervisor for DDS Partnership, said the Dakota Square store will close its doors July 15 before being razed to make way for a completely new building.
Jensen said the building was old enough to warrant demolishing so they could build something new completely from scratch.
Cars line up in the drive-thru at Dakota Square McDonald’s during the lunch hour Thursday. The restaurant will close July 15 and be demolished to make way for a new building. One of the improvements will be a new two-lane ordering system for the drive-thru.
"Due to the fact of the age of the building and the years that it's been there," Jensen said. "It's just easier to tear it down, rebuild and start with everything new and fresh again."
He expects construction to take just over 90 days, barring any delays. Jensen said all employees at the Dakota Square location will work at the Broadway store during construction.
A press release states the new store, which departs from the traditional double mansard roof building which has been the McDonald's trademark since 1968, is a contemporary design that draws its primary form from the arcade, a traditional architectural element that defines the front of the McDonald's restaurant and main entry.
"At McDonald's our mission is to become our customers' favorite place and way to eat. We strive to infuse a 'Forever Young' spirit in all that we do," said Denny Sotebeer, owner of the Minot McDonald's, in the press release. "The new restaurant will give our customers a great place to meet, relax and enjoy a good quality meal."
The interior design features natural finishes in the lobby, zoned seating areas with a variety of seating types and comfortable configurations, lower lighting levels in the dining area utilizing recessed can lights and pendant fixtures which enhance the restaurant dining experience.
The drive-thru will also have a new two-lane ordering system, which will make placing and picking up orders faster and easier.
Jensen noted the new design will not look like the Broadway restaurant.
"It'll be the most modern and current design that McDonald's has," Jensen said. "It will be very modern."