McDonald’s Rock N’ Roll Cafe
McRock N’ Roll Cafe was a Rock N’ Roll themed McDonalds restaurant located at the intersection of Main Avenue and 7th Street, on the former site of Auto-Dine Drive-In and a Sinclair station. The McDonald’s renovated and dropped its Rock N’ Roll theme in 2012.
McRock was opened in November 1991 by Mort Bank, replacing McDonald’s former location at 2207 E Main Avenue.
In total, Mr. Bank opened 7 themed McDonald’s restaurants in North Dakota. Mort Bank later established Space Aliens Grill & Bar in 1997.
In November 2012, it was announced that the restaurant would undergo renovation. In the process, the 50’s rock n’ roll theme will be dropped in favor of a more modern McDonald’s look that will include a Bismarck theme. Demolition of the classic car showcase was among the first phases of the project.
The newly renovated McDonald’s now features a decor emphasizing Bismarck. Some of the photos used were provided by BisManCafe.
The site was previously home to Auto-Dine Drive-in, which operated from the late 1960s and into 1970s. Auto-Dine was closed by 1976, when an All-American Sub franchise opened in its place. It, too, was out of business by 1980. Then, in 1981, Dean’s Classic Automobiles operated at the site for an unspecific period of time.