McDonald’s in Hilltown reopens after six-week makeover

William, left, Ralph, Ryan, Tina and Evan Birney take part in the ribbon-cutting for the reopening of the McDonald’s in the 700 block of Route 113 in Hilltown. At right is Frank Bessasparis, McDonald’s field service manager.

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HILLTOWN >> The just-completed makeover at the McDonald’s in the 700 block of Route 113 in Hilltown is the first in this area, but there will be a lot more coming.

“All McDonald’s are going to be this by 2020,” Ralph Birney, the franchise owner, said during a May 14 ribbon-cutting for the reopened restaurant, which had been closed for six weeks, then had a soft reopening the previous week.

“The entire outside of the building’s been modernized, as well as the interior,” said Frank Bessasparis, McDonald’s field service manager.

That includes a new tandem drive-thru with digital menu boards, allowing two vehicles at the drive-thru to be served at the same time, Birney and Bessasparis said.

“The inside now has multiple ways you can place your order,” Bessasparis said. “You can go to the counter. You can go to the self-order kiosk, or you can use mobile order pay.”

Table service is also being added, he said.

“You take your drinks, sit down and relax, and we’ll bring the food to you,” Bessasparis said.

Invited local officials on hand for the ribbon-cutting included Souderton Borough Council President Brian Goshow, Telford Borough Manager Mark Fournier and Hilltown Township police Chief Christopher Engelhart. A color guard from Nase-Kraft American Legion Post in Sellersville also took part in the event, which included attendees from the Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce and Pennridge Chamber of Commerce.

Along with the reopening, a $1,000 donation was made to the Perseverance Volunteer Fire Company of Souderton.

The McDonald’s at that location originally opened in 1977, Birney said. He bought it four years ago, he said.

He started his career with McDonald’s in 1982 in Connecticut, he said, and moved to this area when he bought the local franchise.

“We are so proud and honored to be part of this community,” said Birney, who also owns the McDonald’s franchises in Perkasie, at Hilltown Crossings and at English Village in North Wales.

“We’re just excited to be here and back serving the customers again,” Birney said. “I think they missed us for six weeks.”

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