What next for McDonald's?

Following a Metro Planning Commission denial Thursday of McDonald’s variance request that would have allowed a rebuild on the Broadway site with a suburban model, some less-than-ideal options remain for the fast food giant. The company can:

1. Rehab the fire-damaged structure in such a way that it looks and functions as much like it did prior to the fire. Though a stabilized building will still be outdated, McDonald’s is likely to take this route. Read more on that here.

2. Walk away from the site and keep paying on what is believed to be a long-term land lease. (Relatedly, McDonald’s officials could negotiate out of the lease but that could be tough given that the land comprises two parcels owned by two entities.)

3. Appeal the commission’s ruling.

Stay tuned.