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L to R: Rushern Baker III, Prince George’s County Executive; Obie Patterson, Prince George’s County Council Member; Mary Hopkins Navies, local McDonald’s Owner and Operator; Tony Knotts, Maryland State Delegate and Ronald McDonald.

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, along with other county dignitaries, Crossland High School, patrons, employees and Ronald McDonald gathered on May 24 to celebrate the grand re-opening of the rebuilt McDonald’s restaurant at 7100 Allentown Road.

In 2014, the restaurant burned down, but nearly a year later, employees and customers were able to walk through the doors to an up-to-date, refurbished McDonald’s that has a broader purpose than just being another fast food facility in the area.

“It really means everything to me,” owner and operator Mary Hopkins Navies told the AFRO at the ribbon cutting. “My dream has come to fruition. I wanted this store to be a community restaurant where the community would embrace ; they would use it.”

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The grand re-opening celebration of the rebuilt McDonald’s restaurant on Allentown Road in Fort Washington was held May 24.

According to Navies, the restaurant holds several meetings for county organizations such as the Home Owner’s Association and others. “Not only is it a community restaurant that is being used, exceeding my expectation for sales, but it is also created by the community,” she said.

Navies is known around the county for her community involvement. She said that she has partnered with Crossland High School to raise money for new uniforms for the band. “It’s really all coming together,” Navies said.

She also said that a mural, on the left wall of the restaurant, is another one of her favorite aspects of the building. It was created by Valerie Johnson with the Arts Department at Crossland High School.

To celebrate its re-opening, the store held a week of events, including blessing the restaurant on May 10, a Christmas in April fundraiser on May 12, coffee with Prince George’s County Council Member Obie Patterson on May 15, a DJ and raffle prizes on May 16, and a Game Truck Party on May 22.

Baker said that Navies stands as an example of what the county wants and expects from its business leaders. “They give in the business but they also give back in the community,” he said.