Pictured above: Dan Hoover, Jim Batchelor, Al Sweeney, Ron Tiner and Don â€śCowboyâ€ť Burton enjoy their morning coffee in McDonaldâ€™s. The group of friends has been meeting at the restaurant for 12 years.
Itâ€™s 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.
â€śDick has treated us well,â€ť says Ron Tiner. â€śHeâ€™s only locked the door on us once.â€ť
â€śI was trying to convince
them that we were closed, but they got in anyway, despite my best efforts,â€ť Bosin jokingly retaliates.
The men laugh and take sips from their coffees; an everyday
that McDonaldâ€™s 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 McDonaldâ€™s 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 restaurantâ€™s
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.