It May Be Curtains For Piano At Lower Manhattan McDonald’s
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A tradition that’s been going on for three decades at the McDonald’s near the World Trade Center could be coming to an end.
As WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman reported, the McDonald’s at 160 Broadway offers more than fries, burgers and other fast-food staples.
A piano is on a balcony above the door, where some locals tickle the ivories under the Golden Arches.
“I mean, I’ve played here 2 or 3 days a week for 10 years,” Ron McClure told Silverman. “I’ve had kids throw ketchup at me.”
Two days before Christmas, McClure said one of the managers told him they would be renovating and getting rid of the piano.
“It’s much more than me and much more than McDonald’s. It’s history,” said McClure.
McClure’s girlfriend Michiyo Fisher began playing at the McDonald’s after 9/11 and also plays several times a week.
“I kind of sensed it,” she told Silverman. “It’s my love.”
In a statement, owner Paul Goodman said, “While I know there may be disappointment about the piano going away, I am currently exploring new musical entertainment that reflects the new and contemporary design.”
But McClure said not replacing the piano would be a huge loss.
“I love it and a lot of people do. I think it means a lot more than he understands,” McClure said. “This really hurts, because I mean I really enjoyed it.”
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