News – “Restaurant in McDonald’s new Chicago headquarters will feature food from its menus around the world”

chicagotribune.comGlobe-trotting fans of the Golden Arches may find some of their favorites in the new McDonald’s opening Wednesday in Chicago’s booming Fulton Market district.

McSpicy Chicken Sandwich from Hong Kong, anyone? The new location will feature a rotating menu of food served in McDonald’s restaurants around the world. The 6,000-square-foot restaurant is on the ground floor of the global fast food chain’s new nine-story corporate headquarters, still under construction. Spokesman Robert Gibbs said the company would begin moving its 2,000 or so workers from its longtime Oak Brook campus over the next few weeks.

The Fulton Market McDonald’s is one of the company’s modernized “experience of the future” locations with ordering kiosks, table service and curbside pickup. What it lacks: a drive-through or much parking to speak of in the rapidly changing business district.

But McDonald’s enthusiasts and curious passers-by likely will visit the location anyway, drawn by the global offerings not sold in any other U.S. locations. The first menu rotation will include the Mighty Angus Burger from Canada, the McSpicy Chicken Sandwich from Hong Kong, Cheese & Bacon Loaded Fries from Australia, two varieties of salads served in France and the McFlurry Prestigio dessert served in Brazil.

“This is a unique challenge for us because of that global menu aspect that we’re not tremendously familiar with — and really no owner/operator is. Typically, if you live in these countries, that’s your menu,” Nick Karavites, franchise owner/operator of the new location, said at a media event Tuesday.

That’s also what adds to the buzz. “It wasn’t an issue getting employees at all,” Karavites said.

The global menu will rotate every couple of months or so. Most standard U.S. McDonald’s fare will also be served.

McSpicy Chicken Sandwich from Hong Kong, anyone?

I’m going to Chicago for this and this alone. That sounds McFuckin delicious.

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