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Thursday, September 6, 2007

A New McDonald's to tribute Como and Vinton

New McDonald's restaurant to showcase Perry Como and Bobby Vinton.

The Golden Arches will temporarily dim in Canonsburg at 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19. But local residents will soon be able to say "I'm lovin' it even more!"

That's because the McDonald's restaurant at 100 Bobby Vinton Boulevard will be completely demolished. Wreckers will be on site by 7 a.m. Aug. 24.

Demolition work is expected to be completed by the end of the business week.

The 29-year-old facility will be destroyed to make way for a new McDonald's restaurant at the same location. Expected to open in mid-November, the structure will be a tribute to Canonsburg's most famous native sons: Perry Como and Bobby Vinton.

The McDonald's in Canonsburg is one of four McDonald's restaurants in Washington County that are owned and operated by Ron Galiano, a McDonald's franchisee for more than 17 years.

"Canonsburg residents have supported McDonald's for decades," said Galiano "To demonstrate our appreciation for that loyalty, we're redesigning the restaurant to offer our customers the best that McDonald's has to offer in the latest of technology"

Music aficionados will delight in the restaurant's d├ęcor that will honor the two musical legends who were born and raised in Canonsburg.

Highlights of the memorabilia expected to be on display include a beaded denim jacket and the original saxophone used by Bobby Vinton, autographed photos and albums of Perry Como along with paintings given to him from his wife.

McDonald's of Canonsburg employees, including store manager Scott Kausky (eight years) assistant manager Eric Vasilisin and crew members Sophia Braddock, David Gibbs, Carolyn Larimer and Tammy Talpas, all with over 15 years experience, have been instrumental to the restaurant's success, Galiano said.

They and all other Canonsburg employees have been offered employment at other McDonald's restaurants during the rebuild and will return to the Canonsburg location when the restaurant reopens this fall.

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