Middle Township Mayor Michael Clark presents the Business of the Month Award to Jim and Rita Burlaga, Township residents and owners of McDonald’s in Cape May Court House

The Township of Middle in its quest to recognize local businesses for their support and dedication, has chosen the Cape May Court House McDonald’s to be the very first Business of the Month. “McDonald’s is a cornerstone of our community”, said Mayor Michael Clark. Owners, Jim and Rita Burlaga have proudly owned this establishment for 20 years.

In December of 2016 the restaurant underwent a vast upgrade to the interior and exterior of the building. This included all new fixtures from top to bottom, inside and out. However, the upgrades didn’t stop there. New technology has infiltrated into unparalleled customer support and innovation. This is easily experienced through the custom kiosk that provides table service, the fresh flowers on each table and the quality ingredients served. New to the menu is a fresh quarter pounder with cheese that is never frozen, along with organic apple juice and breakfast all day.

Behind the scenes is a dedicated workforce of 40 that is overseen by a long-standing and valued employee, Director of Operations Carol Wygro. She started working for McDonald’s under the ownership of the Burlaga’s in Salem County over 30 years ago. Since that time Ms. Wygro has continued to grow, educate herself and raise a family. She proudly oversees all four McDonald’s held by the Burlaga’s throughout Southern New Jersey. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education yet stays within a company she loves. “McDonald’s takes care of their employees by offering educational Archway Opportunity Scholarships yearly and by offering merit increases twice a year”, said Jim Burlaga.

In fostering good will and community spirit, donations have been made to After-Proms, Christmas in Court House, the After-School Program at the Martin Luther King Center, Fire House drills and so much more. Most recently, you can find our Township Police Officers at McDonald’s for their “Cops and Coffee” program. “We are proud of our community and are thrilled to not only own a business here, but live here as well”, said Rita Burlaga.

Middle Township encourages the public to support all local businesses that are great community partners.