Wow, there's a blast from the past. I remember this well. Some relatives held the land lease on this parcel for years. I think McD's corp or the franchisee (can't remember which) finally bought the land from them in the 1980s when the remodel/rebuild was done.
Today's McD's all look so boring by comparison.
Ate my first McDonald's burger, fries and small drink at this one!
1973 Durham High School Yearbook (thanks to Steve Bowen for calling my attention to this.)
(Northern High School Yearbook)