The restaurant known for the 1970s advertising phrase “You deserve a break today” is taking a break.
The McDonald’s at 250 W. Business 151 in Platteville will be closing Monday at 2 p.m.
Three days later, the new McDonald’s at 1775 Progressive Parkway in Platteville will open at 6 a.m.
The existing McDonald’s will close for at least a year, according to owner Glenn Karpinski, before being replaced by a smaller McDonald’s in 2017 or 2018.
The new McDonald’s was the cause of a debate in Platteville over waivers of city ordinances requiring sidewalks at new commercial buildings. The new McDonald’s was planned to have a sidewalk on Progressive Parkway, but Karpinski sought a waiver to not install sidewalks on Commercial Drive or East Business 151. The Platteville Common Council March 24 approved a waiver of the sidewalk ordinance for McDonald’s. One month later, on April 28, the council denied a sidewalk waiver for the next-door Sherwin–Williams paint store, also under construction at 1741 Progressive Parkway.
The council reversed the McDonald’s waiver decision July 28, requiring sidewalks on Progressive Parkway, Commercial Drive and East Business 151.