Charlestown Macca’s serves up $5 million rebuild

A new two-lane drive-through has opened at Charlestown McDonald's.
A new two-lane drive-through has opened at Charlestown McDonald's.

THE McDonald’s restaurant in Charlestown is undergoing a $5 million makeover and will ultimately be a two-storey building with a playground and two-lane drive-through.

Work has begun to knock down the existing McDonald’s on the Pacific Highway and its land will be incorporated into the rebuild.

A McDonald’s Australia spokeswoman said the restaurant’s upgrade is being done in stages, and the new “dual lane drive thru” opened to customers this week. The restaurant is due to be completely rebuilt by the end of the year.

It will also include an indoor “PlayPlace”, self-service kiosks and a McCafe which, McDonald's said, “will serve barista-made coffee through drive-thru, offering our customers the best possible dining experience".

McDonald’s engaged Newcastle development consultancy KDC to prepare a development application with Lake Macquarie council for the knock-down and rebuild of the restaurant in the Charlestown town centre.