Despite a large contingent of outspoken Los Osos residents who voiced their opposition to a proposed drive-through McDonald’s restaurant, the county Board of Supervisors approved the project Tuesday. The board voted 4-1, with Supervisor Bruce Gibson dissenting to give the go-ahead to the restaurant at the old Bank of America building at 1076 Los Osos Valley Road in the Vons Shopping Center.
The vote overturned a county Planning Commission vote, also 4-1, that approved the restaurant but denied the drive-through. As a condition of approval, the restaurant won’t operate round-the-clock. Instead it will be open from 5 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday and 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday through Sunday. The restaurant will seat 50 customers. Also, McDonald’s will be required to retrofit plumbing in existing homes and businesses totaling 698 gallons per day. The business will use less water than it saves through its retrofits.