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.