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Several Twin City McDonald's restaurants are growing.

Owners Bob and Julie Dobski are remodeling five of their eight restaurants in Bloomington, Normal and McLean, adding a fresh look and about 25 additional seats at each restaurant.

The McDonald's on Brock Drive in Bloomington will even have a fireplace in the front lobby.

"We want to stay ahead and keep our image up to date," Bob Dobski said. "Corporate has been encouraging that throughout the United States in the last three to four years. They are looking to upgrade everywhere."

The Dobskis' restaurants haven't been upgraded since 1993, he said. Some haven't been renovated since 1990.

Locations receiving upgrades are 2507 E. Oakland Ave., Bloomington; 525 Brock Drive, off West Market Street in Bloomington; 1535 E. College Ave., Normal; 804 S. Main St., Normal; and the McDonald's in McLean.

Renovations are complete at the Oakland Avenue and in McLean locations. The other restaurants should be finished at the end of January, Dobski said.

The restaurants will no longer have their familiar themes, but each place will have its own decoration and color scheme.

"They're all going to be different and have their own charm," Dobski said.

The College Avenue location once was filled with sports memorabilia, including a autographed poster of the World Champion Chicago Bulls of the early 1990s.

"I've got a sports collection at home so I kept that," Dobski said of the pricey picture bearing the autograph of Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and the boys. Dennis Rodman wasn't on the team then.

The McDonald's on Oakland Avenue once reminded visitors of the 1960s. The Dobskis had decorated with old 45 records and pictures of various celebrities of the day.

Dobski had kept the records from years ago and plans on keeping them now. Employees may purchase the remaining memorabilia.

Finally, the children at Bloomington's Little Jewels Learning Center - also owned by Julie Dobski - will benefit from the renovations as well, getting several paintings of animals and zoo life.

The McDonald's on Main Street in Normal had a zoo theme to commemorate the Miller Park Zoo, Dobski said.

Julie Dobski, who runs the daycare, plans to redecorate for the children, hanging all the zoo pictures throughout the daycare.


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