While 80s retro vibes might have people channeling their inner Andie Walsh from Pretty in Pink, that retro McDonald’s location is not the oldest one in the U.S. According to McDonald’s, the Downey, Calif., location is the “oldest operating McDonald’s” and still has the original 1950s exterior appearance. That “Speedee” street sign serves as a beacon for lovers of the Big Mac and french fries. While the food is just as people expect, that visual step back in time has many people making a special visit.
Although certain aspects of McDonald’s restaurants are recognizable, some locations look to stand out and be different. Whether it is the teal aches at the Sedona, Ariz., location or the UFO McDonald’s in Roswell, N.M., some restaurants look to set themselves apart (via McDonald’s). More recently, designers of the chain took an eco-friendly turn with the first “net zero-designed restaurant” at Walt Disney World. From the 80s retro McDonald’s location to the oldest location to newer eco-focused innovations, those Golden Arches are finding ways to engage customers.