A new McDonald’s restaurant in Gilcrease Hills is providing hope that the north Tulsa neighborhood is turning around economically.
The fast-food restaurant opened Thursday at 229 N. Gilcrease Museum Road, just north of Interstate 244 and across the street from a QuikTrip convenience store that was updated and expanded in 2010.
The restaurant creates about 75 jobs, in addition to 15 employees who were brought in from other metro area McDonald’s locations, said Kevin Hern, the franchisee who owns 15 local restaurants.
“We’ve been looking at this area for about five years, but some things came together that finally made it possible,” Hern said. “We wouldn’t put a location anywhere if we didn’t think it would be a success.”