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Aspen's Only McDonald's Closes Overnight

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After 31 years in business, the McDonald's in Aspen, Colorado has closed. The Aspen Daily News is reporting that last Friday would-be patrons found a locked door and a sign that read, "This business has permanently closed. Thank you for the years of patronage!" As one of the town's longest running business, the Aspen McDonald's first opened amid controversy in 1983. But since then, it has served as one the town's cheapest spots to get a coffee, burger, or ice cream. According to Paul Nelson, the franchise owner, McDonald's made the decision to close some underperforming restaurants and the Aspen location was on the chopping block. Now, the only national chain restaurant left in Aspen is Domino's.