It didn't take long for a crowd to gather Tuesday morning inside the new Wendy's restaurant on Harlem Avenue. By noon, a lunch rush had already descended on the fast-food restaurant during its first full day open to the public.
Some diners who sat down for lunch were glad to see the national chain come to town. The location features a more contemporary design inside with an exterior similar to other traditional locations.
"This is upgraded," said Duaa Huseen, 14, of Tinley Park. "I like it." Wendy's ranks among her favorite fast-food joints and was excited to see the new spot, which features a flat-screen television, touch-screen soda dispensers and modern decor.
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John Tyro, 60, of Palos Heights, was glad to have a Wendy's come to his city.
Tyro, a fan of Wendy's, already had visited one of the other updated locations in the Chicago area but didn't get a chance to notice the upgrades.
"I'm really looking at it for the first time," Tyro said Tuesday at the Palos Heights spot.
Wendy's is opening new spots or renovating existing locations as part of an effort to modernize its look. A logo redesign of the classic "Wendy" image is set to launch in 2013.
Restaurants in Hickory Hills, Hazel Crest and Cary already showcase a new look similar to what's in the Palos Heights building, said Nancy Crawford, a field marketing manager for Wendy's.
Wendy's is located at 12875 S. Harlem Ave. in Palos Heights.