Florida, the land of weird food crimes, will also soon be home to a strange new McDonald's. The chain — whose recent financial struggles are well documented — is opening a location in Orlando that is slated to be the "world's largest entertainment McDonald's," according to the Orlando Business Journal. The three-story restaurant, which is owned by franchisee Oerther Foods, will be 19,000 square feet when completed.
Georgette Lemieux, the vice president of operations for Oerther Foods, notes that the new restaurant will feature a number of tech "innovations." There will be "swipe-card" arcade games, easy-order technology, and the Create Your Taste burger program, where customers can customize their orders with a number of ingredients. Most notably, the restaurant will feature an "open design kitchen" centered around a wood-fired oven that will churn out pizzas and pasta. The Orlando Sun-Times notes that the restaurant is slated to open next February.
The expanded food menu at the upcoming McDonald's outlet is an atypical move for a franchisee. Many McDonald's franchise owners are upset with the company and have been calling for the restaurant to simplify its menu. They want to get rid of complicated programs like the Create Your Taste option and other hard-to-make items such as the McWrap.
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