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McDonald's Australia Launches Super-Healthy Test Concept

There are no burgers or fries, but there is heart-shaped latte art.

Nary a golden arch in sight.
Nary a golden arch in sight.
The Corner by McCafe/Facebook

Oh look, McDonald's is trying to be healthy again: The McNugget pushers just transformed an Australian location of its McCafe coffee concept into a one-off restaurant prototype called The CornerBurger Business reports. Inside, patrons won't find any Quarter Pounders or McRibs; rather, the menu includes items like protein and rice boxes "assembled Chipotle-style" and "craft sodas in flavors such as balsamic strawberry."

Per Yahoo News Philippines, The Corner menu also includes items like "ham and colby paninis, tofu and vegetables boxes, and chicken caesar wraps," plus a salad bar with "Lebanese lentils, Israeli couscous, eggplant salad, Moroccan roast chicken, brown rice and pumpkin." According to photos by Business Insider Australia, the restaurant has a stripped-down, modern interior that looks more like a Starbucks. The employees don "smart denim button downs and khaki aprons," and fancy coffee drinks come adorned with heart-shaped latte art, says Yahoo.

Will McDonald's find success with its new, not-at-all-McDonald's-like concept? The Corner seems to represent just the latest of its attempts to pull itself out a major sales slump, an effort that has also included launching a recent campaign to convince people they serve real, actual food.

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