Is This Sleek, New McDonald's the Future of Fast Food?
While you might have thought all-day breakfast was future of McDonald's, what appears to be an actual McDonald's restaurant of the future has opened its doors in Hong Kong. Forget about plastic furniture, fluorescent lights, and tacky Grimace-colored booth seating -- this place doesn't look a damn thing like the golden arches you're used to.
In fact, the restaurant -- near the city's Admiralty Station -- sports a sleek and sexy interior that looks like the birth child of Shake Shack's and Chipotle's best interiors, fittingly titled "McDonald's Next," according to a report by Kotaku. As for the food, this McDonald's appears to be serving the same fancy "gourmet" burgers we've seen in Australia along with a case full of baked goods, a fresh salad bar, and probably more. Additionally, it looks like you can place your order on those slick self-service touch screens. Thrillist reached out to McDonald's for more details, but received no response.
Luckily, plenty of people have taken to Instagram to share photos of the concept restaurant, so take a look:
So far, there's no word on if or when a McDonald's Next will come to the US, but it's hard to see how they could go wrong with a few. Given the dominance of fast-casual chains with upscale styling in recent years, it would only appear a matter of time.
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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and wonders if McDonald's Next has all-day breakfast too. Send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.