Tuesday, August 11, 2009

McDonald's - 25th Anniversary in East Hampton

How many of you remember East High Street before Brooks Plaza? Do you recall Wiltsie Chrysler or Wiltsie Chevrolet or even before that Partyka Chevrolet? And how many remember Alan Battit in 1979 and 1980 dismantling the white house located just west of the car dealership – the one the “JayCee’s” used for many years as a haunted house in October celebrating Halloween. I spent many a summer weekend assisting Alan dismantle the structure along with a number of his other friends such as Mike and Bobby Olzacki. That post and beam structure stayed in storage thanks to Stanley Bevin and Bevin Bros. Bell Company until the members of the Joseph N. Goff House rebuilt it on Barton Hill 20 years later.

But in the early 1980s, the buzz circulating around East Hampton was that something big was going to happen on that East High Street site. Well, I guess something big for our small town did. 25 years ago this month, I had the distinct honor as State Representative of cutting the ribbon as John Kay opened the McDonald’s Restaurant. Hard to believe that it has been 25 years! The Kay’s have come and gone, moving on as I understand it to McDonald’s franchises in Hawaii. With less than 9,000 people in East Hampton that was a bold step, but the vision proved accurate.

L - R : partially blocked John Kay, Representative Dean Markham and Barbara Kay
and members of the East Hampton Junior Women's Club

Along with numerous other local businesses, McDonald’s has been a good corporate citizen to many worthwhile endeavors in our community from support of Old Home Day, our students’ activities, Sunshine Kids and numerous other fundraisers and projects. For that we should all applaud the owners and wish them another 25 years of success.

As reported in the Standard Bullet - August 25, 1994


  1. Greetings,
    You mention Wiltsie Chevrolet ... I wonder if it's the same company listed in PBGC's Pension Search Directory. There are 7 former employees who might have a pension that they don't know about. Last names Dunham, Kuczenski, Manning, Martel, Nichols, Noack, Slomkowski, St. Hilaire.
    Any chance you might be able to track down info on these folks? montmarv@verizon.net

  2. Sorry I didn't catch this sooner. Just checking old postings for comments. Yes it is the same Wiltsie Chevrolet. I know a few of these people and will get them the information.

  3. Hi, I found your post mentioning Alan Battit, I am researching a boat he was restoring back in the late 1980's up until his death in 1994. It was a wooden hulled sailboat, one of the Wianno Senior Class. I was wondering if you knew him when he howned the boat, and might have any idea on what happened to it after Alan passed away? email me at slawrence1994(at)gmail.com Thanks!