Unique Bowery McDonald’s in Chinatown Goes Belly Up

Posted on: July 14th, 2015 at 5:07 am by
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That unique McDonald’s at 26 Bowery is no longer in business. It’s gone dark. All corporate branding – signs, window decals, and flags – was recently removed from the premises. Thus concludes the decade-plus reign.

This McDonald’s fell in line with its Chinatown surroundings. Acclimating to the local milieu by resembling a bright red pagoda. Interior was also similarly designed. While certainly photogenic, the Bowery location was frequently cited as one of the worst Golden Arches franchises in Manhattan.

From a macro level, losing the Bowery McDonald’s isn’t too surprising. The grease chain announced last month that it’ll be closing more locations this year than opening. Apparently that metric hasn’t happened since 1970. According to the New York Times, the closings are “part of a strategic review intended to set the stage for future growth.”

What was your take on the Bowery McDonald’s?

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