CRESTVIEW — The McDonald's restaurants in Crestview are getting a new look and an update in technology.

The first renovations are almost complete at the restaurant closest to Crestview High School. Costa Family Enterprises will have a grand reopening from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 25 at 1300 N. Ferdon Blvd.

The re-opening includes a Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting, followed by a McFamily Day event.

Ronald McDonald will make an appearance, and "SWAT demonstrations, balloon artistry, face painting, and fun will be available with giveaways throughout the day and other offers," according to a CFE media release.

Indoor and outdoor changes

The restaurant's new design calls for sleek, modern interiors and exteriors.

The renovation includes modernization of ordering systems with the use of digital menu boards and free-standing kiosks that customers can use to place their own orders. The capabilities will be built into all three local sites.
"The modernization of the restaurants and the placement of the kiosks is what McDonald's calls the 'Experience of the Future.' They will make the customer service experience even better and faster, with more accurate orders and even more great ordering options," Roslyn Snyder, Costa Marketing and Community Relations director, said.

Free Wi-Fi, activity tables and Kidzpace touchscreen gaming systems, comfortable indoor seating, and additional outdoor seating are part of the new layout, according to the media release. The Kidzpace games are for all ages, with categories ranging from sports to games for younger children, Snyder said.

More than looks

With the renovations, the jobs available locally will increase to 60.

"We have about 51 employees at the restaurant on Ferdon Boulevard and will be hiring approximately 60 between all the Crestview restaurants by the end of this year," Snyder said, "all positions from crew, to management and hospitality ambassadors."