The birthplace of McDonald’s flagship sandwich recently debuted a dramatic renovation and a permanent marker that recognizes Uniontown’s dramatic role in culinary history. The Morgantown Street restaurant, famous as the world’s first McDonald’s restaurant to serve the iconic Big Mac, celebrated its new look and historic designation with a ribbon cutting ceremony, check presentation and unveiling of a large sign that commemorates Uniontown as the Big Mac’s hometown. “Uniontown is a landmark location for McDonald’s,” owner/operator Art Alamo said. “That’s why my family made long-term investments to make this restaurant even more easy, convenient and, of course, delicious!” The redesigned restaurant will feature digital menu boards, digital self-order kiosks, table service in the dining room and mobile order/pay that provides curbside service using the McDonald’s mobile app. The project is part of a joint effort between McDonald’s and franchisees that will invest $6 billion to modernize most U.S. restaurants by 2020. In Pennsylvania, $266 million will be invested to upgrade 360 restaurants across the state. Each of those upgrades will create new employment opportunities for locals who can help customers take advantage of the new technology. Invented by local McDonald’s franchisee Jim Delligatti, the Big Mac debuted at McDonald’s of Uniontown in April, 1967. The 45¢ sandwich was so popular with Uniontown residents that he quickly rolled it out to his other restaurants across western Pennsylvania. The iconic burger was eventually introduced to McDonald’s national menu in 1968. Pictured are (from left) Wilma Minor, Lindsay Brown, Matt Alamo, Art Alamo, Katie Conroy, Amy Chapman and June Rygelski.