New Hyde Park, New York: Colonial-era McDonaldsGeorge Washington Ate Fries Here? Probably not, but maybe Lafayette did; he was French. 1795 farmhouse turned 1860s mansion turned 1985 McD's.
- 2045 Jericho Tpke, New Hyde Park, NY
- At the corner of Hwy 25/Jerico Turnpike and Nassau Terminal Rd., north side.
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Beautiful mansion originally built as a farmhouse in 1795 was converted into a mansion in the 1860s. It was purchased by McDonald's in 1985, who planned to demolish it and build a restaurant, but based on pressure from preservationists they restored it to its former glory, and it looks remarkable![Lady Amanda, 04/29/2016]
This McDonald's is indeed in a historic building but it is most certainly not from the colonial era. I believe it's late 19th century (the exact date is on a plaque inside).[Edward Mazza, 07/03/2010]
There's the colonial McDonald's in New Hyde Park, NY (on Long Island). The landmark commission wouldn't let them tear down the historic mansion they purchased, so they restored the outside and converted the inside to a fast food restaurant.[Bob Buethe, 06/20/1998]
Photo of McD's in August 2001, courtesy Mike Hoffman.