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WARREN RUDA / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Seven-year-old Coco Corbin cuts the ribbon, officially reopening the Pittston Twp. McDonald’s. To her left are her father, Rich Corbin, and Pat Stella, owners, surrounded by employees and guests.

PITTSTON TWP. — McDonald’s on Route 315 in Pittston Twp. is the latest restaurant in the fast food chain to be remodeled and to add new technology like digital self-order kiosks.

The two new kiosks allow customers to browse the menu and tailor their meal the way they want. As part of the modernization, McDonald’s crew members also will deliver customers’ orders to their tables.

A ribbon cutting and re-dedication ceremony was held Oct. 30 at the newly remodeled McDonald’s.

The restaurant’s lobby was redone and the decor has a rustic modern look and feel with comfortable seating, including a couch, movable window shades and outlets for guests to plug in or recharge electronic devices.

Pittston Twp. McDonald’s owner Rich Corbin said he and his restaurant team are placing a higher emphasis on hospitality by focusing on greeting customers, assisting with technology and ensuring a clean, welcoming environment.

“We’re excited to share this evolved experience at McDonald’s with our customers,” said Corbin, son of Patricia Stella, who owns the restaurant and 10 others throughout Northeast Pennsylvania. “We appreciate and value our guests’ feedback on this new experience and we’re looking forward to offering them a new way to dine at their local McDonald’s.”

Donations were made to local organizations including the Pittston Memorial Library, The Pittston Twp. Volunteer Ambulance Association, the Pittston Area High School Band and The Pittston Twp. Volunteer Fire Department.

The restaurant will offer 99-cent daily specials to customers through Nov. 30 and will provide a free small coffee to veterans on Nov. 11 and a Black Friday shopper’s breakfast special.

The Pittston Twp. McDonald’s is the latest restaurant remodeled in a plan from the fast-food chain and franchisees to invest about $266 million in Pennsylvania to modernize more than 360 restaurants in 2018 and 2019.

In all, McDonald’s and franchisees are investing $6 billion to modernize most U.S. restaurants by 2020. Changes were rolled in more than 4,000 McDonald’s restaurants which have changed how customers order and pay and how they are served.

dallabaugh@citizensvoice.com, 570-821-2115, @CVAllabaugh