McDonald's is many people's go-to spot for a juicy burger or the perfect fries. This fast food chain has locations all over the world, with over 39,000 restaurants worldwide. Because of this, you can enjoy your Big Mac, Chicken McNuggets and Egg McMuffin anywhere from the Negev Desert in Israel to the Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. However, the most unique and beautiful McDonald's location is here in the US, in Long Island, New York. This gorgeous McDonald's is set in a 19th-century mansion!
The McMansion in New Hyde Park was built in 1795 for Joseph Denton, whose family includes some of the earliest settlers on the Cumberland River. In the 1860s, the Denton House was then converted to a Georgian-style mansion. As time went by, the gorgeous mansion was used as a funeral home and a variety of different restaurants. By the late 1900s, the building had fallen into disrepair. McDonald's acquired it in 1985, planning to demolish the eyesore and create a classic McDonald's restaurant out of it.
Instead, the residents of North Hempstead and New Hyde Park sought historic designation, battling for three years before coming to an agreement with McDonald's. The restaurant was allowed to create an addition to the back of the house for a drive-thru, but the front would be resigned to match its 1920's appearance. The gorgeous mansion now features hardwood floors, the original portico, and a double staircase that leads to a dining area on the second floor. These renovations paid off, as Insider eventually came across the McMansion and proclaimed it to be the most beautiful McDonald's in America!
The McMansion was remodeled again in 2017 when it was renovated to conform with McDonald's design standards while keeping its historic appearance. This involved updating the woodwork, flooring, and restroom, along with adding digital menu boards and self-order kiosks.
Visit the McDonalds McMansion
Although the Coronavirus pandemic has made eating out more difficult, McDonald's is doing their best to keep employees and customers safe, and the McDonald's mansion is no exception. The interior accommodates social distancing guidelines and employees are consistently sanitizing surfaces. To visit the fanciest McDonald's in the country, head to 2045 Jericho Turnpike, about 15 miles from Brooklyn. Enjoy your Big Mac and fries while soaking up the history and beauty of this magnificent historic landmark!