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McDonald's On Broadway Reopens For Business

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nearly two years after a devastating fire, the McDonald's on Broadway reopened for business on Thursday.

The fast food restaurant at the corner of 12th Avenue South reopened at 5 a.m. and managers gave away prizes and raffled off gift cards.

The building was remodeled to the latest style for the chain.

Guests can enjoy flat screen TVs and access to free Wi-Fi. There also is a side-by-side 24-hour drive-thru to get customers their food faster.

The restaurant closed after a fire in an air-conditioning unit damaged the roof of the building on December 10, 2011.

Part of the reason it stayed closed for so long was the company's representatives and Metro officials couldn't come to an agreement on how the McDonalds should be built.

McDonald's officials initially wanted to tear down the burned structure and rebuild it with similar "suburban-style" parking, with stalls nearest the street. However, officials said that style would not comply with new zoning regulations.

The Downtown Code Design Committee denied McDonald's modification proposal late last year, and said the company must rebuild the building itself next to the sidewalks, either facing Broadway or 12th Avenue, and all parking must be behind the building.

McDonald's appealed the decision, arguing two drive-through lines would back up onto Broadway if they complied with the new design requirements, but it was denied.

Once construction began, it took about 4 months.

The building is more pedestrian friendly, with less asphalt separating the building from 12th Avenue South, in compliance with the Downtown Code Design.

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