McDonald's Shakes Up Queen Street


McDonald's has lodged a development application to take over the Jo-Jo's restaurant site on Queen Street with preliminary approval sought for building works.

The 3 storey McDonald's restaurant on 903 sqm will have capacity for hundreds of people and, as part of the development, McDonald's is required to make a public art contribution.


The proposed development is for a retrofit of the existing restaurant tenancy, and will not result in any increases in building footprint, GFA or height. McDonald’s has obtained a State Heritage Exemption Certificate to carry out works to the balcony over Burnett Lane.


While the internal retrofit of the tenancy is subject to self-assessment, and therefore does not form part of the application, assessable components of development are proposed. These works are for alterations to the façade of a building fronting the Queen Street Mall, and comprise:

  • retrofit of existing balcony fronting Queen Street Mall and Albert Street; and
  • works to the entrance to the new restaurant, from Queen Street mall. The proposed works do not include any extensions to the existing building footprint, or increase in Gross Floor Area.


The site is located within the entertainment precinct's Principal Centre and is therefore able to accommodate unlimited hours of operation.
Balcony - Proposed

  • Fixed tables and moveable chairs with a total dining capacity of 100
  • External play equipment at the Albert Street/Burnett Lane corner of the balcony

Entrance - Proposed

  • Yellow treatment to ceiling of ground floor entrance
  • New entry (up) and exit (down) escalators to replace existing stairs and escalator
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