Ribbon-Cutting: McDonald's at Mack & Canyon

McDonald's opened it's doors for business at midnight Friday, offering prizes to the first 300 customers, which followed a ribbon-cutting ceremony late Thursday and a VIP party.

The owners of the at Canyon/Moran roads celebrated the grand-opening late Thursday with a large gathering at the first "green" location of the fast-food chain restaurant in Detroit.

The restaurant borders and will be open 24 hours a day, offering drive-through service only at night. The night began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the and several Grosse Pointe and Detroit city officials in addition to two state representatives, Tim Bledsoe and Alberta Tinsley-Talabi.

Outside, the restaurant offers a large dining patio. Inside, the restuarant offers a variety of booth and bar seating tables that are not the traditional hard-molded plastic in most McDonald's. In addition to tiled floor, stone/granite counter-tops and dark wood seating the restaurant has flat-screen tvs as the menus, a room for small children featuring soft climbing guitars and two video-game stations.

The restaurant received a Seeking Excellence in Eco-Conscious Design certification for the many 'green' features, according to a press release given out at the ribbon-cutting by a McDonald's corporate spokeswoman.

Following the ribbon-cutting, a VIP party was held at the restaurant with a silent auction that benefitted the Ronald McDonald House with items from , Jamaica Tourism Board and Genesis Travel Agency.

The opening spurred some debate on Facebook Thursday from many of the residents in Grosse Pointe Farms who live nearby as well as others who are unhappy to see a fast-food restaurant locating in the area. The Grosse Pointes do not allow fast-food and the Wendy's was grandfathered in years ago.

. Some of those same officials attended Thursday's ribbon-cutting.

Many others on Thursday on Facebook expressed happiness in seeing a thriving business on the lot that was previously vacant, weed-choked and housing a former car dealership showroom.

Tommy August 05, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Walden, Whats the Point? Read what I posted ! ! ! If Grosse Pointer's purchased Chrysler products from Gus Russo Lochmoor Chrysler/Jeep instead of buying foreign vehicles there was a great chance that Chrysler Corporation would of never closed the dealership due to Lochmoor being a top seller of Chrysler Products thereby no McDonald's at Mack and Canyon. Stay on the subject and don't drift with comments that don't pertain to the above subject ! ! !
GP For Life August 05, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Bob, I wasn't mocking cultural differences. I was mocking going out in public looking like the village idiot. You see, I am working under persumption that the man is in fact an American by birth and his lineage in this country probably goes back further than at least half of my family. In America we don't dress in moo-moos unless we live in a trailer park. You know who else doesn't dress like that? Africans. I've been there and they dress like us for the most part. That said, I would like that style to catch on because it looks really comfortable and is probably amazingly cool on hot days. Take a lap, Bob.
Tommy August 05, 2012 at 07:33 PM
GP for Life, I must be living a sheltered life because I thought the guy dressed in Orange was wearing woman's clothes. Never seen that on a man.
walden schmidt August 05, 2012 at 08:30 PM
For starters, I was responding to Tommy's post and read it just fine the first time. It does not read "All I see in Grosse Pointe Farms is more and more non-Chrysler cars." If you want to complain, go back to that member and chastise them for bringing foreign cars into the discussion.
Mark August 06, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Walden you are responding to the same guy but who cares because his point is ridiculous. One, we are talking about how this McDonalds is a terrible idea that invites crime and could lower property values regardless of how it got here. Two, it is a fairly ignorant viewpoint to say the people in GP buying foreign cars are to blame. Tommy how many people are you talking about? 20? 100? You have no idea and there is no evidence that if they had all bought Chrysler from Lochmoor that they could have stayed in business.
Pudenda Shenanigans August 06, 2012 at 03:38 AM
I have been to this McDonald's twice already. It's a far sight better than the one on Harper and Cadiuex. I saw 5 Grosse Pointe South boys in the outdoor dining area having a lovely time. Good for McDonald's!!
Diane Smith August 06, 2012 at 03:23 PM
I am OK with everything about this new opening, except the 24 hour format. I am not aware of any other McD's in metro Detroit area (or other fast food place) that has the 24 hour rules. Just seems a bit much and is inviting trouble.
Tommy August 06, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Mark, Your ignorant comment that my statement is is ridiculous is not ridiculous. I assume you of never purchased a vehicle from Lochmoor Chrysler/Jeep and own foreign cars. My point again if people like you purchased Chrysler Products from Lochmoor it would of never closed and there would be no McDonald's and you would not be discussing crime at McDonald's. Why is that Ridiculous ? ? ?...That common sense........something you don't seem to understand........Get a Life...
Bill IV August 06, 2012 at 06:10 PM
I went there the morning they opened and they screwed up my order. Go figure. I even spoke really slow.
Bill IV August 06, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Culture or no culture, there is no excuse for that outfit unless it's Halloween. Even then you're pushing the envelope. Looks like Tony the Tiger.
Katie August 06, 2012 at 07:14 PM
I was there Saturday am for an EggMcMuffin before heading down to the Eastern Market (didn't have time for a long (and big) breakfast at Farmers Restaurant). Everything was fine. Have not yet been inside, but the outside looks great and I like the patio. Later when I drove by in the evening there were a lot of people there and some young children with their parents. It looked like it was a real treat for them and probably the best thing they've seen in their/our neighborhood in awhile. I hope this builds into more businesses coming to the east side of Detroit for a stronger neighborhood. I'm sure it will be tested for trouble (I don't like the 24 hour format either - that's asking for trouble anywhere), but if the good people and families of the east side of Detroit and GPF send a message that we won't tolerate riff-raff 'BS' in our area maybe it could be the beginning of some partnerships and a stronger east side of Detroit.
Mark August 06, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Tommy it is ignorant in that you are apparently ignorant to how the world, economy, market and life in general works. It is not the consumer's job to prop up a business it is the business's job to attract consumers. If Chrysler put out a superior product then maybe Lochmoor would still be in business. I drive a Jeep Cherokee so once again your logic is flawed and ignorant. FYI Chrysler hasn't been an American Car Company since 1998.
GP For Life August 06, 2012 at 07:33 PM
"Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow said the trade imbalance with Japan is $70B Dollars and it is 60% in Japanese cars or 42.0B dollars. Buy what you want but don't complain when you lose a job in Michigan ! ! !" Pro Tip: Listening to a politician talk about economics is like listening to a cheerleader talk about football. Chances are they don't know what they're talking about. The 2011 balance of trade payments was ($63 billion). http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5880.html Another good link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparative_advantage If you want to blame the decimated manufacturing sector in Michigan on someone look to the UAW first. They price themselves out of the market.
Katie August 06, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Years ago Wendy's wanted to go 24 hrs. GPF city council shot it down amid major opposition from residents (though one council member who lived deep in the 'Lake District' was for it at the time - something about there was nowhere for people to go if they wanted a "snack" in the middle of the night).
Mark August 06, 2012 at 07:40 PM
GP For Life there is no use. You cannot argue with someone who doesn't know the difference between the contraction for "would have" and "would of". Tommy let me know if any other businesses are failing so I can go spend all of my money there no matter how inconvenient, noncompetitive or terrible the service might be.
Mark August 06, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Thanks Tommy. Nothing you said refuted anything I said and I'm willing to bet none of your degrees had anything to do with English. The business is responsible for bringing in sales and profit not the consumer. So I will say again had Lochmoor been more competitive than other companies they would still be in business. I guess your definition of an American company differs from mine but when there is a foreign interest in control you're no longer an American company.
Tommy August 06, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Mark, How could Lochmoor be more competitive when Grosse Pointers decided to purchase foreign cars rather than support Chrysler which was an American Car company. Nothing you said refuted anything I said and I'm willing to bet . YOU WRONG! On May 14, 2007, DaimlerChrysler announced the sale of 80.1% of Chrysler Group to AMERICAN private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management, L.P., thereafter known as Chrysler LLC, On June 10, 2009, Chrysler LLC emerged from a government backed Chapter 11 reorganization as Chrysler Group LLC, in alliance with the Italian automaker Fiat.initially holding only a 20% interest in Chrysler. Per your stupid statement " FYI Chrysler hasn't been an American Car Company since 1998"....Your are totally ignorant to the facts......You really should get your GED so you will be able to understand and use the Internet correctly ! ! !
Tommy August 06, 2012 at 10:55 PM
GP for Life. You are using data that is from 2011 and 8 months old. There was a recent article in the Detroit Saturday newspaper that Senator Debbie Stabenow said the Trade imbalance is now at $70B dollars with Japan and 60% is in Japanese cars or $42.0 Billion dollars. I am sure the trade imbalance has increased dramatically over the past 8 months with Japan..
Mark August 07, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Tommy this is the last time responding to you because it is too painful. That little name "Daimler" you pasted in front of Chrysler apparently is lost on you. That's the German company that acquired 80% of Chrysler in 1998 and sold to Cerberus in 2007 so forgive me two out of the last 14 years it was an American company. Apparently you believe that if someone decides to buy a foreign car Americans can't compete. How sad. People choose a car any car for reasons not just because they are foreign. So perhaps they were cheaper, more fuel efficient, more reliable, better amenities but it was for a reason that Chrysler could choose to compete with. Just like as I suspect you chose a college because it did not require an essay in the application or an SAT score. I'm wondering if you chose DeVry or Walsh.
Tommy August 07, 2012 at 07:21 AM
Mark, I graduated College from U of M many years ago and I received my MBA at Harvard. You must of dropped out of some High School Trade school in Detroit since you are so ignorant of the economy and business world. You are drifting again from the main point. If Grosse Pointers would supported and purchased Chrysler products from Lochmoor rather than all their foreign cars they own and drive around Grosse Pointe Frams and not even made in Michigan then McDonalds would of never been built and Grosse Pointe Farms residents that drive foreign cars would not be complaining, like you, about potential crime that may develop at the new McDonalds at Mack and Canyon on the old Chrysler/Jeep location. Your comment "If Chrysler put out a superior product then maybe Lochmoor would still be in business and drive a Jeep Cherokee" You are also a Big hypocrite since you blast Chrysler with negative comments yet you say you drive a Jeep Cherokee. You knock the product you drive and you are really a big time loser since Chrysler quit making Jeep Cherokees way back in 2001 since you can't afford anything newer since you are uneducated and don't have a good paying job to afford a newer vehicle. I am beginning to believe you probably don't even live in Grosee Pointe but are probably a Detroiter who likes to start trouble. Your photo is of a kids bear so you also are very childish and immature ! ! !
GP For Life August 07, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Tommy, she had to be using TTM numbers. Again, I would reiterate my warning against listening to any politician of any persuasion when they speak in regards to economics. In one of my previous links you can find the breakdown of what Michigan exports. It's pretty fascinating stuff and I was surprised that there wasn't any agricultural products in the top 10.
Bradley Coopersmith August 07, 2012 at 02:07 PM
HA! Only on this forum could a post about McDonalds opening end up in an economics debate about foreign trade. Here is a little light humor: Calvin got a job: http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/ebdb15aaf1/chappelle-show-wacarnolds
Tommy August 07, 2012 at 03:33 PM
GP for Life I don't believe every thing I read in the Detroit newspapers, I was only stating information that was published more recently in the Detroit News which to me made sense since your data goes back 10 months vs your 2011 information. I really am not going to critic everything I read like you like too.
Bob Frapples August 07, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Agree, it's just a McDonalds franchise, the only question it should raise is, " do you want fries with that?"
Cheryl September 08, 2012 at 01:51 PM
There are other 24 hr. fast foods. Also the CVS across from GPF is 24 hours. Nothing has seemed to happen there. I have seen areas of litter in the Pointes that have nothing to do with fast food. I have been to this McDonalds and the outside looks great and the employees are very pleasant. Sure hope they do make Wendys do some changes.
shawn October 09, 2012 at 01:34 AM
shawn October 09, 2012 at 01:37 AM
You all are really troubled by this location well I work there and have encountered some great customers. It's always good to see someone smile however because I'm black it worries me that If I make a mistake will you all look at me in a racial and prejudice way. Well I don't know but it's 2012 and hope we can love eachother to bring peace to our communities.
Katie October 10, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Well said shawn.
barbara February 01, 2013 at 12:37 AM
This Mcdonalds treat their employees fucked up. The owners wife is messy They only give there employees 10 cent raises a year. The store is nasty and they got roaches
barbara February 01, 2013 at 12:38 AM


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