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Stonington - The long-awaited opening of a restaurant at the Pawcatuck Farms development on Route 2 in Pawcatuck will take place today.
A McDonald's restaurant with a drive-through window will join Regal Cinemas, Stop & Shop, a Lawrence & Memorial Hospital facility and Newport Fed bank. Until now the two restaurant sites on the property had gone undeveloped.
The restaurant's pre-opening specials start Friday with 49-cent hamburgers and 59-cent cheeseburgers.
A formal grand opening for the McDonald's with a ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. July 12. Guests are scheduled to include state Sen. Andrew Maynard and Ronald McDonald.
On July 12, there will be multiple menu specials through the day for the first 200 customers at various times during the day beginning at midnight with free Big Macs, 6 a.m. with free Hot Cakes or small coffees and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with free fountain drinks.
From 2 to 4 p.m. kids under 12 accompanied by a parent will receive a free Happy Meal, from 4 to 7 p.m. patrons will receive a free snack size McFlurry and from 7 p.m. to midnight there will be free small blended ice drinks.