The First McDonald’s In MoCo (Rockville Pike, 1960)


McDonald’s on Rockville Pike in the 60s, courtesy of the “You Know You Grew Up In Rockville” Facebook page

The first McDonald’s in MoCo opened Jan. 6, 1960. It was located on the 1300 block of Rockville Pike, near where the Best Buy is today (a newer version of McDonald’s is still in the same location today).

At the time it was just a hamburger stand, as most McDonald’s restaurants were– It wasn’t until the mid-70s that McDonald’s changed to a family style restaurant where customers can bring their families and eat at one of the 100+ seats inside the restaurant. Though it was the first in Montgomery County, it was fifth in the D.C. Metro area, and the 241st in America.

A burger, fries, and a drink would go for under .50 cents!

The Glenmont location was the second McDonald’s to open in MoCo, opening a few years after the Rockville location. It is currently the only two-story McDonald’s in Montgomery County.


4 Comments on "The First McDonald’s In MoCo (Rockville Pike, 1960)"

  1. I remember it well. I worked there for one week in 1966. Never worked food service again!

  2. Bob Quackenbush | July 30, 2020 at 10:42 am | Reply

    I was a Junior at Walter Johnson High School (class of 1961) when the Rockville Pike Mac’s opened. We had a teen bowling league that bowled at the bowling alley in the basement of a shopping center almost across from McDonalds, and we stopped off there almost every Saturday for lunch after bowling. Fun times!

  3. Great picture, but likely 1967 give or take a year, given the cars and the 3 Billion Sold in the sign.

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