McDonald's First-Ever 'Mini Mac' Location Is Closing After 40 Years

In a report by Michigan Live, McDonald's is losing one of its most historical locations. Effective immediately, the Bay City McDonalds location will shutter. This location, though, isn't just any McDonalds. This was the site of the "World's First McDonald's 'Mini Mac,'" a smaller-than-normal format of the fast food chain's regular stores. The Mini Mac was founded in 1981 and a plaque dubbing it the first has adorned the store for years (via Michigan Live).

According to the report, the small store's no-fuss format was something that made it special. It never had a play place or a large dining area, but instead offered a single-lane drive-thru, only a few tables for inside or outside dining, and a basic walk-up ordering system. However, the Mini Mac didn't skimp on the menu, offering all of the brand's staple goodies like classic hamburgers and cheeseburgers, Big Macs, Chicken McNuggets, and, of course, its crispy golden French fries.

Why the closure?

According to Eat This, Not That!, the closure is a result of the pandemic, as the company has had to make some tough financial decisions. The outlet notes that this Mini Mac was only one of three in the U.S. There is another in Los Angeles, California, and a third in Pueblo, Colorado.

"McDonald's reviews its restaurant portfolio on a regular basis to make the best decisions for our business moving forward. After more than 40 years, our restaurant at 2200 Broadway in Bay City is closing. We have been honored to serve our loyal customers and be part of this community," said Larry Peters, owner and operator of the location, in a statement from McDonald's. He also noted that his employees had been offered jobs in other locations and encouraged patrons to visit those.

McDonald's has also shuttered several locations inside Walmarts this year, as the pandemic has taken its toll on the business, Fox 23 reported. If you're saddened by the closure of this unique McDonald's location, don't fret — there are plenty of strange outlets that still exist that you can visit.