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September 16, 2011

Rochester's restaurant death row - demo to go

09152011apachemcdonaldsdemo1jk Brick dust and sound of crashing concerte was definitely in the air in Rochester Thursday as the Apache Drive McDonald's and the China Dynasty building on South Broadway both went down to rubble.

09152011apachemcdonaldsdemo2 Thanks to Todd Schwarz, my roving freelance (and free) photog for the McDonald's pics.

Courtesy Corp., which owns six McDonald's restaurants in Rochester, in clearing away its iconic Apache eatery at 1306 Apache Drive S.W. to build a replacement restaurant in a slightly different spot.

The new layout will have seating for 170 customers compared with the current 129. It will have a double lane drive-through like the newer McDonald's on Second Street Southwest, North Broadway and 48th Street Southwest.

09152011chinadynastydemo China Dynasty was scraped away to clear the way for the planned future University of Minnesota Rochester campus.

Its neighbor, the ex-Burger King/ Rico Mex will soon - if it hasn't already - go the same way.

And that just leaves the closed Pannekoeken Restaurant on Rochester's restaurant death row.

Please help me keep an eye for that demolition. And I'm always interested in pics, if possible.



So are they leaving the play area there and building the rest of the restaurant, because I find it hard to believe they would leave that in there and demolish it.

the play tubes were sticking out of the rubble also...

So glad to see China Dynasty going down. Now just need the old BK and things will look a lot better along that stretch.

It seems really wasteful to scrap that play center. Did they even attempt to donate it? I'm guessing it's one of those "better safe than sued" type things. Sad.

I find it hard to believe they would leave that in there and demolish it.

The Pannekoeken is going soon. They were working there today.

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