When you think McDonald’s, you think hamburgers, cheese burgers, and chicken nuggets, amongst other things. Well, McDonald’s is going to open two restaurants with only vegetarian menus next year. No chicken, no pork, no fish, and no beef. The restaurants are going to be located near two religious sites in India called Vaishno Devi (a holy site for Hindus) and the Golden Temple (a holy site for Sikhs). Somewhere between 20% and 40% of Indians are vegetarians. Even the meat-eaters often won’t go to restaurants that serve meat when they make a pilgrimage to these religious sites.
McDonald’s restaurants around the globe don’t all have the exact same menu. McDonald’s is known to change a few items on its menu according to the food tastes of the citizens of the country the restaurant is in. The McLaks (a grilled salmon sandwich) is sold in Norway, the Maharaja Mac (a chicken burger) is sold in India, McAloo Tikki burger (a vegetarian burger) is also sold in India, the McArabia (chicken sandwich in a flat bread) is sold in Bahrain, the Ebi Filet-O (shrimp burger) is sold in Japan, and the McRice (rice burger) is sold in Indonesia. However, this will be the first time that McDonald’s will offer a completely vegetarian menu.
McDonald’s has over 33,000 restaurants in 119 countries and serves more than 68 million people around the world every day! That still doesn’t make it the biggest restaurant chain in the world. Subway, the American sandwich restaurant chain, has over 37,000 restaurants, and Yum! Brands (an American company that includes Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and Kentucky Fried Chicken) has nearly 38,000 restaurants.
McDonald’s was founded in 1940 in California, USA by two brothers, Richard and Maurice McDonald. McDonald’s started off as a barbecue restaurant.
Did you know?
Some people in Minnesota, USA created a cheeseburger that weighed over one ton (2,000 pounds) and was 10 feet (3 meters) in diameter on September 2. This burger set the world record for the largest burger ever made. A crane had to be used to flip the burger. Can you imagine the calories in this burger?!
You can watch a video here.
Image Credits: McDonald’s for MDonald’s logo; Nicholas (Nichalp) for the image of the Golden Temple; Black Bear Casino Resort for the largest cheeseburger image