Downey, California: World's Oldest Operating McDonald'sThe third ever built and the oldest still operating, opened in 1953 -- in the original design, including a Speedee the Chef neon sign.
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Bring back the good ole days! Great setup and cool to see all the memorabilia. We made it just as it was closing. Staff was super nice but it was New Year's eve 2014. Cool setup in lot of old McD's items.[Study Ref, 01/03/2015]
This McDonald's is host to weekly gatherings for car aficionados to display their classic cars from different eras. A fun time to walk around, look at old vintage autos and eat a burger, shake and fries![Downey Native, 07/11/2010]
Food here is extra good. Has a gift shop next door. Lots of original McDonald's stuff, right down to the trash cans.[Steve, 04/26/2010]
The World's Oldest Mcdonald's includes a mini museum and gift shop. A must see![Jorge, 04/15/2010]
We ate at the world's oldest operating McDonald's in Downey, California on a sunny Sunday afternoon in June of 2001. We had driven from West Virginia to California, and were visiting my wife's cousin in Pico Rivera.
This McDonald's had Speedee as its mascot, and only served the basics - burgers, cheeseburgers, fries, sodas, shakes. The cheeseburgers were the best fast-food cheeseburgers we have ever eaten.[James Sloan, 05/26/2002]