Independent restaurants - 1, fast-food behemoth - 0

Last night, I stopped into the local liquor store for some delicious wine, and I saw something that practically made me rub my eyes in amazement: the McDonald’s in the shopping center near my home is closing. Or, I should say, closed. Gone were the golden arches, and the windows were papered over with signs that look as though they were run off at Kinko’s in the dead of night: “This McDonald’s is closed. Please visit one of our other locations.” I mean, how often does this happen? I don’t think I’ve ever seen a McDonald’s close its doors, unless a larger one was opening next door or something.



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