McDonalds and re-opening inside

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jamcool wrote: February 27th, 2021, 10:25 am The QSRs are going to a new store design that emphasizes eating out, not eating in....drive thru, take out, delivery services like Doordash (with dedicated lanes), with limited indoor seating. Fewer employees, easier to keep sanitized, easier to heat and cool. That trend was beginning pre-virus, along with the the “ghost kitchens”
I am okay with all of this but where I really am not happy is with the "drive through only" policy in place currently at many QSRs. I prefer to walk in and take out the order, vs. forced through a drive through. I have even gone to QSRs I don't really like lately (Raising Cane's) because they let you walk in and do a take out while avoiding ones I like much better (Popeyes) that are drive through only.

However I do find it somewhat curious McDonalds and Wendy's have pushed franchisees to spend a lot of money remodeling restaurants and a good chunk of that process is to remodel the customer "dine in" area. In the past few months in my area one Wendys (late 70's Wendys- high volume unit that needed some real work) and one McDonalds (mid 00's McDonalds which was already in great shape) have gotten the major remodel. Actually the McDonalds that got the remodel- they did not touch the exterior but did a full job on the customer area of the interior and nothing at all to the employee prep area of the interior (and reopened it for about 3 days after they finished, then closed it again).
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Re: McDonalds and re-opening inside

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storewanderer wrote: February 27th, 2021, 11:10 am
jamcool wrote: February 27th, 2021, 10:25 am The QSRs are going to a new store design that emphasizes eating out, not eating in....drive thru, take out, delivery services like Doordash (with dedicated lanes), with limited indoor seating. Fewer employees, easier to keep sanitized, easier to heat and cool. That trend was beginning pre-virus, along with the the “ghost kitchens”
I am okay with all of this but where I really am not happy is with the "drive through only" policy in place currently at many QSRs. I prefer to walk in and take out the order, vs. forced through a drive through. I have even gone to QSRs I don't really like lately (Raising Cane's) because they let you walk in and do a take out while avoiding ones I like much better (Popeyes) that are drive through only.

However I do find it somewhat curious McDonalds and Wendy's have pushed franchisees to spend a lot of money remodeling restaurants and a good chunk of that process is to remodel the customer "dine in" area. In the past few months in my area one Wendys (late 70's Wendys- high volume unit that needed some real work) and one McDonalds (mid 00's McDonalds which was already in great shape) have gotten the major remodel. Actually the McDonalds that got the remodel- they did not touch the exterior but did a full job on the customer area of the interior and nothing at all to the employee prep area of the interior (and reopened it for about 3 days after they finished, then closed it again).
IMO, the fact that they are remodeling the interior customer areas is a good sign. That means they don't believe this will last forever, and that people will go out again. (Sorry but I have a big problem with this anti-social, hide at home bubble living. It's not healthy for society to want to hide from each other forever and do everything at home.)
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cjd wrote: February 27th, 2021, 12:54 pm IMO, the fact that they are remodeling the interior customer areas is a good sign. That means they don't believe this will last forever, and that people will go out again. (Sorry but I have a big problem with this anti-social, hide at home bubble living. It's not healthy for society to want to hide from each other forever and do everything at home.)
It is a great time to remodel the interior customer areas when the areas are not in use. Nobody wants this to last forever.
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