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McDonald’s on East Main Street in Lexington, 1997

Posted on March 8, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by

The McDonald’s restaurant at 473 East Main Street in Lexington, Oct. 21, 1997. The restaurant was built more than 33 years ago under heavy protest because McDonald’s wanted a drive-through. Neighbors in historical Bell Court and the owners of Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, next door to McDonald’s, vigorously opposed a drive-through. The restaurant took its case to the Kentucky Supreme Court, which declined to review the case in 1985. The restaurant chain tried again in 1987 and in 1997 for a drive-through. McDonald’s eventually moved to Winchester Road. Cielito Lindo, a Mexican restaurant took over the building, but it closed in 2011 and the building was demolished. Recently a coffee shop with a drive-through — possibly Starbucks — was proposed for the site. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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