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An '80s McDonald's Is Getting a 2011 Look

Built in 1989, the restaurant on La Paz Road that was showing its age is getting an updated look, as well as a new WI-FI area.

After 22 years, the McDonald's at 27331 La Paz Rd. is getting a face-lift.

In fact, the store built in 1989 is undergoing a complete remodel, according to owner Robert Nibell.

"We're going to give it a modern look complete with a new dining room and WI-FI. It will be modernized and contemporary, and it will also have a WI-FI section where customers can sit and work if they want."

Nibell, who owns 15 other McDonald's locations in Orange County under the company name McNib, said the La Paz location is overdue for a makeover.

"We call it the new, more modern McDonald's also known as an 'arcaic' building," he said. "It's going to be beautiful and will look a lot like my store on Cabot Road."

The remodel will take between eight to 10 weeks at a cost of between $700,000 and $800,000.

"The menu will stay the same," he said. "Since Laguna Niguel is an upscale neighborhood, we wanted to bring the store—which is looking tired—into a more modern existence."

Work began on Monday with the tearing down of the children's playground area and equipment.  In addition, the former large yellow "M" sign has also hit the dirt.

The remodel will also address new Americans with Disabilities Act building codes, Nibell said. The store will remain open for business during construction.

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