|McDonalds is no|
stranger to bistro
cuisine, it seems
"McDonald's is planning its "biggest ever expansion in China," reports the Wall Street Journal. With plans to build up to 200 new locations in the market, where it its upping its investment some 40% next year and swapping out "the old red and yellow decor [which at one time was believed to give the locations a corporate livery that enabled consumers to identify them more easily] for a more relaxed, European-style bistro design." [The Kats look forward to checked tablecloths, fishnets draped across the walls, candles melted into old wine bottles ...] The move will double its footprint on the mainland and include a more health-conscious menu [is this a subtle concession that the existing menu isn't] ...".To be fair, the WSJ doesn't use the word "aggressive", but this Kat suspects that the Chinese would prefer any activity by a foreign, global, probably intergalactic operation like McDonald's not to be aggressive if at all possible. Merpel wonders whether, if the experiment works in China, McDonald's might consider introducing "a more relaxed, European-style bistro design" into Europe, particularly in some of those historic inner-city locations where anything that looks like a fast-food outlet looks like an anachronistic intrusion.
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