|Courtesy of George’s flickr page|
Dennis pointed out one anomaly. The Fairview Park store has a lower number (#174) than the Lorain store, making it by his count the lowest numbered restaurant in Northeast Ohio. But, as Dennis notes, “Lorain actually opened a year earlier than #174, thanks to a lawsuit that delayed the Fairview Park store.”
During a trip to the Lorain Building Department, Dennis also found a few interesting tidbits about the particular property where the McDonald’s was located at 2500 West Erie. Apparently in early 1955 there was the intention to open a trailer sales business there, which was denied by the Board of Appeals. In December that same year, a gas station was proposed for the same location.
In December 1959, a restaurant building was approved to begin construction at that address, and Lorain’s first McDonald’s – #195 in the chain – opened in June 1960.
****Dennis wasn’t kidding when he noted that a few months made a big difference in a store’s number. McDonald’s 500th store opened in Toledo, Ohio in early July 1963. Here’s the ad celebrating that milestone, courtesy of vintagetoledotv.squarespace.com.
All this blogging about McDonald’s gave me a hankering for a good old-fashioned McDonald’s hamburger – which I had for dinner tonight. I got it from the store on Henderson Drive, which (according to my receipt) is Store #24316.