HAZARD—The newly relocated Hazard McDonald’s restaurant, which moved from downtown Hazard to the Johnny Cox All-American Drive this month, has officially been opened and christened with a ribbon cutting ceremony this week.
City of Hazard Mayor Nan Gorman and numerous government and community leaders attended the short event Friday at noon, during the restaurant’s second official lunch rush.
Diana and Ken Patula took over the Hazard McDonald’s in 2006. When it became clear that the 25-year-old building on East Main Street was in no condition for the restaurant to function properly in, and rebuilding on that property proved impossible, the Patulas announced earlier this year they they would be moving the restaurant just one mile away to it’s new location at Citizen’s Lane in Hazard.
“The Patula family has taken such a stake in the City of Hazard to help us prosper,” Mayor Gorman said after the ribbon cutting ceremony. “We are so glad that these people have faith in Hazard, that they think Hazard is going to do well. This is encouraging for the whole population, to see something new come in with the hopes of doing well.”
The store officially opened Thursday at 10 a.m., and gave the first 100 customers a free Big Mac every week for a year. Customers were lined up early that morning.
Amelia Holliday can be reached at 606-436-5771, or on Twitter @HazardHerald.