SPRINGFIELD, Mo.–It’s out with the old and in with the new for a local McDonald’s except for one thing. After the restaurant finished its remodel, employees set aside a sentimental gift for one of their long time customers.
Practically everyday for more than 30 years, Loren Long and his late wife, Martha ate at McDonald’s on South Campbell and sat at the same booth.
Once the restaurant remodeled, it was that booth that staff decided to give to Long.
Forget a five star restaurant. For Loren and Martha Long, dates spent at McDonalds were just fine.
“We would usually order the sausage Egg McMuffin sometimes I’d get pancakes, she liked the Big Mac,” says Long.
Married for 58 years, the couple ordered the same meal and sat in the same booth almost daily since the location opened in 1981.
“This is the one that she always liked to sit in if it was available,” says Long.
Their Micky Dees dates stopped two years ago after Martha passed away and even though she battled Alzheimer’s, she never forgot her favorite restaurant. Their daughter, Marty Hopper says it’s because her visit was about more than just Big Macs.
“It was the kindness of the employees that always brought them back time after time and just feeling so warm and invited here,” says Hopper.
That kindness continues. The restaurant is giving Loren the old booth where hundreds of dates were spent.
“Brings back a lot of memories, a lot of memories. They’ve spiffed it all up and everything. I certainly appreciate it and I know my wife, Martha would too,” says Long.
“They were just the sweetest couple,” says McDonald’s area supervisor, Amanda Lewis.
After the restaurant was renovated, Lewis wanted to give the couple a piece of the history they shared together and in the remodeled restaurant, there’s a new booth, dedicated to the couple.
“We love burgers and fries, but sometimes it’s just really nice when we get to do things for people that are outside of that and make a special connection and I saw an opportunity to do something that would mean a lot to someone,” says Lewis.
It’s the McDonald’s way and Long is lovin’ it.
“They’ve all been so nice to me and I appreciate that,” says Long.
Although Long is thankful for getting the old booth, he says he has no room for it at home and will pass it on to his daughter.