Owego McDonald's Back In Business

By Kelly McCarthy

November 15, 2012 Updated Nov 15, 2012 at 7:25 PM EDT

Owego, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Golden Arches re-opens in Owego after being closed for nearly 14 months.

The McDonald's Restaurant was forced to close after severe water damage from the 2011 Flood.

Once the ribbon was cut, customers crowded the newly designed store for a look at the modern finish.

"We knew we'd be back, it's just a matter of time, getting things through the zoning board, getting the permits, getting up and running, everything takes some time. Good things come to those who wait," said owner Beth Dibble.

A new double lane drive thru will be open 24 hours.

Customers today received a free retro mug with a McDonald's key chain.

The current owner took over the business after her parents and says she always knew the store would re-open.

"It's exciting, it's great, it's reinvigorating, it's motivating, we're proud to be here, to be a part of the community and all the people we employ," said Dibble.

Dibble owns and operates six McDonald's restaurants in the Southern Tier.

The Owego location will hold a family day on December 8th with special guests, Santa and Ronald McDonald.