Olivia’s Italian Restaurant, Owens Fish Camp and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse are among the restaurants that have been announced for the Lakewood Ranch’s Center Point at Waterside development.
But one resident is particularly excited for? McDonalds.
At first glance, the Golden Arches might seem a bit out of place in the upscale, multi-use development being built on 50 acres south of University Parkway and east of Lakewood Ranch Boulevard.
But the locals said “why not?”
“McDonald’s is very popular with kids, and that’s why we chose McDonald’s,” Brett Hutchens, president of Casto Southeast Realty Services, said this week.
It will be the Lakewood Ranch’s second McDonald’s and one of the development’s only traditional fast food chains.
The first opened about a decade ago at 11150 State Road 64 E., south of State Road 64 East and east of Lakewood Ranch Boulevard at the north end of the development. The new location is at the southern end, about 10 miles away, where the most recent construction took place.
Hope and Constantin Barbukescu were having coffee at the Lakewood Ranch Main Street Starbucks this week.
“A lot of people like to go get a burger. Why not take advantage of that? I like Chicken McNuggets. It’s a quick and easy place to get to,” Hope said.
Constantin said he was a fan of McDonald’s fries. And the coffee too, which he says is very good in the morning.
“A lot of people want something on the go. McDonald’s is a destination, like Starbucks,” he said.
Hope added, “If you just want to run and grab something, this is the fastest fast food.”
No opening date has been announced for the new McDonald’s, which is under construction.
Victoria Hankey stopped by this McDonald’s this week for coffee and soda. She said she was a fan of McDonald’s cookies, an item not on the menu back home in Canada.
There are over 36,000 McDonald’s restaurants in over 100 countries.
The company recently made headlines for temporarily shutting down all of its locations in Russia due to the invasion of Ukraine.
“We continue to pay the full salaries of our Ukrainian employees and have donated $5 million to our employee relief fund, and continue to support the relief efforts led by the International Red Cross in the region. . We have been overwhelmed with offers of support across the system and thank you for your generous contributions to date,” McDonald’s said in a press release.