York Boulevard’s fast-food mainstays getting makeovers

Scheduled to reopen Dec. 4

HIGHLAND PARK— The gentrification of Highland Park has brought vegan doughnuts, acai bowls and salmon poke to York Boulevard. But apparently the demand for cheap fast-food remains strong on York, where the McDonald’s is undergoing an extensive renovation and an expansion and drive-thru are planned for the KFC.

The McDonald’s at 5725 York has been closed since early this summer as it undergoes a top-to-bottom renovation — even the drive-thru will get new signage and canopies.

A company spokeswoman said that the remodeled restaurant’s “refreshed” design will feature new technology that will allow customers to order and pay at a digital kiosk, new menu items, and a modernized Playpen with room for more than 40 customers. It’s part of an overhaul of the chain that has so far included the remodeling of more than 70% of the McDonald’s in L.A. County, according to a company statement.

The York Boulevard McDonald’s, which will seat more than 100 customers across the entire restaurant, is scheduled to reopen on Dec. 4.

Meanwhile, several blocks east, there are plans to demolish the KFC at 6421 York and replace it with a slightly larger version — about 2,300-square-feet — with a new drive-thru, according to an application filed with the Planning Department.

In this case, the project will be subject to public review and final approval by the Planning Department.

KFC replacement would include a new drive-thru

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  1. It’s because of the increase in minimum wage. To cut costs, restaurants are putting in kiosks and cutting workers. Simple economics, either that or raise their prices.

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