Pacifica eatery to be super-sized

A much bigger Mac is on its way to Pacifica.

The McDonald’s at 125 Monterey Road — which fronts Palmetto Drive, just off state Highway 1 — is scheduled to be demolished and rebuilt with an updated style. The news is welcome to some in the city who acknowledged that the structure could use some upgrades. Some out-of-towners, who relied on the world-famous goodies to tide them over on road journeys, are slightly disappointed.

“It’s a pretty old McDonald’s,” city planner Christina Horrisberger said. “It’s not right on the coast, but it’s on the freeway and gets a lot of out-of-town visitor traffic.”

The Planning Commission this week gave McDonald’s franchise owner Rick Dichoco permission to move forward with demolition of the current structure, which officials estimate has been standing at its location for approximately 30 years.

Horrisberger said she is unsure when permits for demolition will be secured, but applications will likely be submitted later this month.

Horrisberger estimated the building will be approximately 50 percent larger than it currently is. The new restaurant will add approximately 600 square feet of space and will include a PlayPlace — a play area for small children found in many new McDonald’s restaurants — a reconfigured parking lot, drive-through and more than 2,500 additional square feet of landscaping. Overall, the McDonald’s will expand an additional 14,000 square feet.

In addition to visiting customers, the McDonald’s attracts some neighborhood families, which said they did not have a particular beef with the plan for a new and improved McDonald’s.

Some Peninsula citiesand residents have taken issue with 24-hour drive-through service, citing an increase in crime and late-night noise.

But South San Francisco resident Kenneth Wong said the idea of a perpetually open fast-food joint is something northern San Mateo County could use more of.

“It’s hard to find a good variety of late-night food around here,” Wong said. “Me and my friends drive at all hours to find something.”

Visitor Jarrod Hemloch said the McDonald’s — and the Taco Bell down the highway — have been staples of surfing road trips he and his buddies take from their home in San Francisco down to Santa Cruz.

“That’s too bad,” Hemloch said. “You can’t go on a long drive without fast food.”

tramroop@examiner.com


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