The owners of the McDonald’s Restaurant on Route 75 in Windsor Locks had a grand opening Wednesday to celebrate their new building.
The celebration included local town officials, school officials, the Windsor Locks High School Marching Band and even Miss Connecticut, Emily Audibert.
Jorge Gomez, owner, said it took 73 days to tear down the old building and build the new one. Gomez said he was grateful to see all of the people who attended the grand opening. He said his wife Eleni was not able to be there because she is in California with their daughter who is pursuing a career in dancing and is auditioning for The X Factor.
Gomez donated $2,500 to the Windsor Locks Public Schools, will also be funding scholarships and has several employees who are students in the schools.
That money will be used for various initiatives in the schools including purchasing an iPad to help students with learning disabilities at North Street School, math night at South Elementary School and the efforts of the Green Team at Windsor Locks Middle School.
First Selectman Steven N. Wawruck Jr. said the new McDonald’s compliments the Route 75 Corridor. He said he knows a lot of people who like to visit that McDonald’s to sit, drink coffee and have burgers.
“It also has a wonderful view with the mountains behind airport,” Wawruck said.
State Sen. John Kissel, R-7th, said when he grew up in Windsor he always liked coming up near the airport.
“It was a big deal to meet up with my friends in Poquonock and come to the McDonald’s in Windsor Locks,” Kissel said.