Winslow McDonald's has a backstory that spans multiple generations and families

Published: Jun. 14, 2018 at 4:25 PM EDT
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Mike Ortins owns the McDonalds in Winslow. He's the second person in his family to take on the business.

"Our family built this restaurant in 1987 with Poulin Construction. We started with 4 restaurants. This was the first one that we built from scratch."

His father, Bob, teamed up with David Poulin of Poulin Construction to help build the restaurant.

"Being the only store out of all that we had that we built from scratch, there was more of an attachment to this one."

Now, more than 30 years later, the business has just finished undergoing some major renovations.

"We're modernizing the restaurant inside and out, adding a lot of digital components, a lot more options to order," said Mike.

To complete the changes, Mike hired the same company his father hired, Poulin Construction. They are also run by the son of the original owner, Brent Poulin.

"It's not very often that you have an opportunity to renovate a project that your father built 30 years ago and work with a second generation owner that his father was involved with my father. It's very rewarding, and I'm very pleased to be a part of this project."

The historic similarities don't end there. On Saturday, the restaurant will hold its grand re-opening, with much of the same fanfare it had more than three decades ago.

"Back when we opened the restaurant, we had the Winslow High School band here and they played a little bit as we did the ribbon cutting,” said Supervisor and longtime employee James Sevey. “And again, we are having the Winslow band here, playing a couple of tunes when we do the ribbon cutting this year."

"We're a locally owned and operated family business,” said Mike.