A visit to Oldest McDonald's Restaurant in the world!
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It's in California on 10207 Lakewood Blvd in Downey!
This place has been on our list ever since we saw the movie "The Founder," which tells the story of the McDonald's chain. It was clear that at some point in the oldest McDonald's restaurant we would eat our burger. Since August 1953 until today you get there burgers, fries, coke etc.
This year it finally worked and we made our way from Los Angeles to Downey to visit the oldest still active McDonald's restaurant. We had caught the wrong time and of course were stuck in traffic almost always. However, this time we had a great sunset over Los Angeles.
There are over 36,000 McDonald's restaurants around the world, but none is comparable to this one in California. The visit to Downey's restaurant is like a step back in time.
Here you have to order at the counter, the staff wear fifties fashion and music from these past years is streaming out of the speakers. One is greeted by the cooking mascot Speedee, not by Roland McDonald, who came later as well as the Drive Thru.
There is also a souvenir shop with moderate prices, where you can buy for example a Speedee T-shirt.
It's amazing how prices have changed since then. Signs show the price changes of, for example, burgers, gas, bread and drinks. For example, when McDonald's opened in Downey, a hamburger cost 15 cents a euro today!
We ordered cheeseburgers, fries and drinks, the price was the same as in the other McDonald's restaurants in California. Unfortunately only the drinks could not be refilled because the dining area was separated from the restaurant.
By the way, there is also a historical museum, which is really interesting. It is small but very informative, because it shows a piece of American success story. As you read the many articles on the walls, you will learn about the history of a restaurant that is very present in our lives.
Anyone who is interested in the history of this fast food chain, should definitely watch the movie about it.
Although I rarely eat at McDonald's, it was very special to visit this oldest McDonald's restaurant in Downey.
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