McDonald's announces launch of first veggie-only restaurant in India
by Allyson Koerner
Categories: Eats, Vegan, Vegetarian.

McDonald’s is popular for its “two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions – all on a sesame seed bun” or Big Mac, along with many other not so healthy options. Well, it looks like the fast food chain is turning that around by opening a veggie-only restaurant in India, Fox News reports.

McDonald’s very first veg establishment is set to open the middle of next year near the Golden Temple in the Sikh city of Amritsar in northern India.

“It will be the first time we have opened a vegetarian restaurant,” Rajesh Kumar Maini, a spokesman for McDonald’s in northern India, told AFP. “There is a big opportunity for vegetarian restaurants [in India] as many Indians are vegetarian.”

The company is making such a bold move so as to not exclude those who maintain strict diets. With such a large culture of Hindus and Muslims, whose religion does not allow the consumption beef and pork, this new menu offers more options. Previously, McDonald’s has tailored its menu in India by using chicken rather than beef.

The company also hopes to open another veggie-only location in northwestern Indian Kashmir, a holy Hindu temple.

Hopefully, McDonald’s stays true to this new veg idea and maybe one day we will see more than one plant-based restaurant being built right here in the United States.

[Editor’s pessimistic note: But don’t count on it.]

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About Allyson Koerner

Allyson Koerner first found her love of writing while attending Westminster College in Pennsylvania, and that passion evolved while she was earning her Master's in Print & Multimedia Journalism at Boston's Emerson College. She's an experienced writer dabbling in all things vegan, green, entertainment and TV-related. Feel free to keep tabs on her over at Twitter: @AllysonKoerner.

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  • Katrina Paola

    Come on! VeganBurg in Singapore did that first.