McDonald’s Rebuild Starting

I’ve been hearing whispers of this project for a while, and it looks like it’s finally getting started. The McDonald’s at Winnie and Carson is the oldest McDonald’s in town. I don’t know how long it’s been there but it’s definitely since the early 80s or the 70s. Maybe some Carson City old-timers would know. As such an old restaurant, it’s starting to show its age and has been in bad need of a renovation. Sometimes, though, it’s easier to just start from fresh.

That’s what I hear they are doing here. This McDonald’s is going to be torn down and rebuilt brand new, a drastic move that inconveniences everybody but ends up with a better result at the end. These complete rebuilds are rare, but not unheard of. The Pizza Hut just a few blocks north went through the same thing a few years ago.

I’ve also been hearing that the same thing is in the works for the Carl’s Jr at the Carson Mall, although in that case it would be moving across the parking lot to a less congested corner. This McDonald’s, as far as I know, is just going back at the same spot.

So now we have to keep an eye on this project and see how quickly it goes. The Pizza Hut was famous at the time for being stalled and delayed for months. Let’s hope this project gets done a bit faster.


  1. I don’t remember when they put it in, but I do remember it was the late 60’s or early 70’s and my friend’s Dad inquiring about a franchise. He was given the run-around – something about not enough population in Carson City yet. Very shortly after we found out that someone already had dibs on it.

  2. Out with the old, and in with the new. Good for Carson City. We need the change and modern look.

  3. We moved to Carson in January 1970 and that first McDonald’s was not here then and it wasn’t build for awhile after that. We had A&W, the Penguin Cafe, and the Hunger Hut as I remember. The Penguin was torn down and the Hunger Hut is the building between what is now Super Burrito and Arby’s. I think it’s a small auto dealer now? A&W was where Old Red’s 395 is now. How’s that for a walk down memory lane?

  4. McDonald’s opened when I was in high school in the first half of the 70s. We were pretty excited.

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