Downtown Minneapolis McDonald's will close

Downtown Minneapolis McDonald's will close

If you work downtown, your Big Mac lunch this week might be your last -- for a little while, at least. The only McDonald's location in downtown Minneapolis has announced it will close its doors this Friday, though whether or not it will return is still up in the air.

If McDonald's does return, it will likely be in the form of a more upscale concept, like the McCafe, the chain's recent attempt to harness the popularity of cozy coffee shops.

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According to Giovanni Cordoves of KBS Realty, this change from the old school McDonald's is part of a larger overhaul to the Gaviidae Common building off the Nicollet Mall. Formerly an indoor mall and home to high-end retailer Neiman Marcus, the building will soon be be converted almost entirely into office space.

"It's no longer a mall," says Cordoves. "There's no longer a need for a food court."

Instead, the food options will move from the fourth floor State Fare food court to discrete restaurant spaces on the first and second floors. According to the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal, the one remaining tenant from the food court, Andrea Pizza, is already working on moving down to the skyway level.

As for when the golden arches will return to downtown Minneapolis, Cordoves says KBS is in talks with McDonald's to get the chain back into Gaviidae Common.

"We're not going to recreate what they have there now. We're hoping to create something a little nicer. McDonald's has the McCafe concept, and Subway has a whole urban metro downtown concept."

Even if McDonald's does return, fast food lovers in the Downtown Metro will be reeling from the hiatus, especially just months after Taco Bell closed its one downtown location and Taco John's closed one of its two. Stay strong, fast-foodies. We're predicting a return of the Mac.

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