Pictured above: Dan Hoover, Jim Batchelor, Al Sweeney, Ron Tiner and Don âCowboyâ Burton enjoy their morning coffee in McDonaldâs. The group of friends has been meeting at the restaurant for 12 years.
Itâs a Friday morning and the group of five men, all over 60, meet in a booth near the front door of McDonalds in Colville, watching the comings and goings
at the fast food restaurant and good naturedly ribbing each other and the owner, Dick Bosin.
âDick has treated us well,â says Ron Tiner. âHeâs only locked the door on us once.â
âI was trying to convince
them that we were closed, but they got in anyway, despite my best efforts,â Bosin jokingly retaliates.
The men laugh and take sips from their coffees; an everyday
that McDonaldâs has seen almost daily for the past 12 years.
Soon though, the group will have to find a different
location for their coffee clutch to meet.
On Thursday, Feb. 6, the McDonaldâs in Colville will shutter its doors as it undergoes a three-month reconstruction from the ground up. Aficionados of fast-food fare will have to look elsewhere until the restaurant reopens at the end of May.
The $2.5 million project includes
eliminating the restaurantâs
basement and rebuilding a 4,200 square foot establishment
with two drive-thru order points and one pay window and pick-up.
*To read the full story, see the 2-5-14 edition of the S-E.