It's the end of an era in Saskatoon with the closing of the downtown McDonald's restaurant.

The doors shut for the last time on Sunday at the corner of 2nd Avenue and 22nd Street. Mid-morning Monday saw regulars still milling about on the 2nd Avenue sidewalk.

"I'm going to miss this, my friends always come here," said Jim Delorme, who had been a regular at the restaurant for seven years.

"I'll be going by bus to the one on 8th Street. My friends? I'll let them make their choice."

The restaurant was popular with the downtown coffee and lunch crowd. But it was also seen as a problem location by police and area retailers because of the crowds that gathered on the outside benches. A report to council recommended the removal of the benches and planters at the corner.