McDonald’s wants to add a second turn lane to its restaurant on High School Road, which is one of just two fast-food restaurant chains on the island and the only one with a drive-thru. (Luciano Marano | Bainbridge Island Review)

McDonald’s wants to add a second turn lane to its restaurant on High School Road, which is one of just two fast-food restaurant chains on the island and the only one with a drive-thru. (Luciano Marano | Bainbridge Island Review)

Bainbridge McDonald’s wants to add another drive-thru lane as part of remodel project

Want fries with that?

Actually, McDonald’s would rather have a second drive-thru lane added to its menu of Bainbridge offerings.

The fast food company has submitted an application for a building permit with the city of Bainbridge Island for a remodel of its restaurant on High School Road.

According to an application submitted to the city’s planning department, work on the existing McDonald’s building would include modifying the service counter where orders are taken, as well as new seating and improvements to the dining area and restrooms.

Interior public spaces are also planned for upgrades, and the work would include changes to the restaurant’s mansard roof that would include new parapets. New accent walls and siding are also planned, as well as new paint and signs, including updated drive-thru menu signs and a pair of new 42-inch high Golden Arches.

Other upgrades include ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) improvements.

One of the big benefits to McDonald’s customers may be the addition of another drive-thru lane; drive-up traffic oftentimes snakes around the entire building during the restaurant’s busiest afternoons.

A pedestrian connection will also be built from the restaurant to High School Road; the parking lot will remain the same.

McDonald’s has been looking at changes to its Bainbridge building since at least 2018, and McDonald’s USA corporate office in Walnut Creek, California, signed off on the permit application in November.

Officials with the fast-food chain submitted applications for the remodel in March, and Freiheit Architecture of Bellevue has been selected as the architect on the project.

McDonald’s is one of two fast-food restaurant chains on Bainbridge. The other, a Subway franchise, is located in the Island Village Shopping Center and does not have a drive-thru.

The proposed remodel will go to the city’s Design Review Board next week.

That meeting is planned for 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5 at Bainbridge Island City Hall.

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