On Wednesday, Feb. 8, the newest restaurant addition to University Heights will open: McDonald’s.
The newly built McDonald’s is located on 2234 Warrensville Center Rd., on the corners with Bushnell and Lansdale Roads.
It will open its doors for the first time at 6 a.m. on Feb. 8. The hours will be 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily.
The opening of the fast food restaurant chain is causing quite the conversation on the John Carroll University campus. Students are waiting excitedly for the opening date as the restaurant will be less than a mile away from the campus.
Sophomore Nick Sciarappa, expressed his anticipation of the restaurant’s opening.
“McDonald’s, for many including myself, is a little paradise where one can indulge in a good American tradition: eating delicious Big Macs and other greasy delights,” he said.
Senior Jeff Sigmund, a resident on Lansdale Road, is particularly looking forward to the opening of the McDonald’s.
“As a resident living just seconds away from the new McDonald’s, I am extremely excited to wake up every day and start things off right with a McGriddle,” he said.
Senior Will Rial said, “[I’m] mad stoked for McDonald’s to open by JCU.”
Other students see the impact on the health of the University Height’s community. Brittany Thompson, a junior at John Carroll, said, “I feel as if it will be more of an advantage for people in terms of an ‘easy meal’ or a place where people can gather, but I’m not entirely sure that it will be good for the community’s health.”
While many students are happily awaiting the opening of McDonald’s, many are surprised by the nightly closing time of 10 p.m.
“What’s the point even having it in University Heights?” asked sophomore Katie Trausch. “If it was open later they would make way more money, especially on weekends when students are up late.”
Thompson agreed. “I definitely think it should be open later, especially being near the University,” she said.
Sigmund took more of a business and logistical approach.
“By limiting hours you are limiting revenues to the city via tax dollars, as well as hourly wage earnings for potential University Heights residents. Other establishments such as Rascal House [Pizza] are open as late as 12:30 a.m. I see no reason why McDonald’s cannot hold the same hours,” he said.
Other students expressed the same frustrations, but seem to be accepting. “I’m terribly disappointed they close at 10, but you can’t always have the best of both worlds. Convenience in proximity will have to do for now,” Sciarappa said.
Overall, students look forward to the opening of the Warrensville Center Road McDonald’s, regardless of the considerably early closing time. Rial said, “I guess I’ll just have to stock up on some food for late night munchies in advance. But overall, ‘I’m lovin’ it.’”