SYDNEY Feb 12 Would you like a knife and fork
In a world first, a McDonald's franchise in Australia is
offering full table service for its dine-in customers, complete
with china plates, glassware and metal utensils in place of the
more usual paper boxes and plastic.
Meals are also brought to the table by waiters and
waitresses, and diners can daintily dab their lips with cloth
napkins after eating.
"It's very popular," store manager Michelle Steain told
Reuters of the five-week trial service. "Everyone seems to be
Glenn and Katia Dwarte, owners of the franchise in Warilla,
some 100 km (62 miles) south of Sydney, sought permission for
the idea after their habit of serving Mr Dwarte's parents with
cutlery and plates caught the attention of other diners.
The dine-in offer is open to customers who purchase premium
meals between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. each day.
This is not the first time that the Dwartes, who have owned
the store for 20 years, have pioneered innovations for the fast
Last year, they caught the attention of McDonald's head
office in Chicago after creating an iPhone app that allows
customers to place an order and pay in advance before they
arrive in store.
Dining-in is the second world first for McDonald's Australia
after it last month temporarily changed signs at selected stores
across the country to "Macca's," the affectionate local nickname
for the chain.