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McDonald’s Testing Table Service with Actual Forks & Knives


If you order a Big Mac, Grand Angus or Chicken Deluxe meal at the McDonald’s in Warilla, Australia between 5pm – 8pm on  a Monday or Tuesday, you’ll have the option of having your food served to you on china. We’re talking actual forks and knives accompanying your Mickey D’s burger and fries. 

The news come from Illawarra Mercury, who reports that “McDonald’s Warilla is the first Maccas outlet in the world to offer plates, cutlery and table service with its dine-in meals.”

The idea came from Warilla franchisees Glenn and Katia Dwarte. Mr. Dwarte began giving his parents and mother-in-law this more-formal service when they’d stop by the restaurant. After a few people watching asked them how they could get the same dine-in frills, the Dwartes pitched the idea to McDonald’s Australia chief executive Catriona Noble.

Noble proposed the idea to McDonald’s Chicago headquarters, resulting in an approval for a five-week trial of this unique fast  food service that launched Monday.

Mrs. Dwarte began working at McDonald’s in 1978 and the couple are franchisees at both Warrawong and Stockland Shellharbour. The Dwartes have also tested a mobile app that allows customers to order and pay for their food before arrival.

If the trial proves successful, don’t be surprised if you find yourself tipping your “waiter” after ordering a McRib and large Coke.

H/T Illawarra Mercury + PicThx McDonald’s

By Charisma Madarang

Charisma has an undying love for gritty literature and drinks coffee like water. She also hails from Toronto, Canada and is a die-hard Maple Leafs fan, sigh.

6 replies on “McDonald’s Testing Table Service with Actual Forks & Knives”

I’m currently living in Cambodia, and make frequent trips to Thailand. The McDonalds in Thailand already does this, as well as bus your table/etc. and here in Cambodia the KFC chain stores as well as the local fast food companies to things this way as well. It’s commonplace here.

Sort of neat, but the table busing and dish washing (and thus the staff required) will likely drive up the prices in a western country.

American What-a-burger franchises only have table service. They bring you all your food, and someone else is forever cruising the dining room with a tray full of condiments. They will often clear your table if you stick around after eating, and never accept tips.

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