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McLovin’ Vegans: McDonald’s Set to Open Vegetarian Restaurant

mcdonald'sYou can close your dropped jaws now.

It’s official. Fast food chain McDonald’s has announced the opening of a new restaurant location in India.

But it’s not what you might expect.

According toΒ The Telegraph, McDonald’s is committing to some pretty counterintuitive expansion plans, and meat-free consumers everywhere are in shock and awe.

“The first vegetarian outlet will open its doors mid-next year near the Golden Temple in the Sikh holy city of Amritsar in northern India where religious authorities forbid consumption of meat at the shrine.”

India’s Mickey D’s are already partially vegetarian,Β with offerings like the “McAloo Tikki burger – which uses a spiced potato-based patty,” a top seller.

Obviously the Golden Arches saw some golden opportunities in the non-meat fast food industry (if that even exists), because their plans to expand the market were dubbed as a “top priority” Β — no word yet on what a completely meat-free McDonald’s menu will look like, but my guess is, it will be a vast improvement on french-fries-and-a-hamburger-hold-the-cheese-hold-the-patty.

 

**UPDATE: As it turns out, McDonald’s isn’t the only chain with India on the brain. According to VegNews,Β Subway is opening its first all-veg restaurant in Jalandhar, IndiaΒ as a result of the animal-welfare group Compassion Over Killing’s “We Love Subway” campaign, which aimed to get more vegan options in restaurants here in the States as well.Β All Indian Subways currently refrain from selling beef. The existing India locations already offer six vegetarian choices, whereas Subways in the US and Europe offer two.Β 

Image Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Chicago Geek

7 comments
  1. Lisa

    Obviously the author of this article is a meat-eater with no vegetarian friends/sources. There is an ENORMOUS non-meat fast food industry/demand — especially in India and amongst those of us in the vegetarian community. There are thousands of meal choices and combinations in our world that don’t exist in the meat-eater world. We have way more than Red Meat, Poultry, Pork, and Fish. It’s so annoying that the close-minded meat-eater with no creativity always sees vegetarianism so shocking. There are millions of vegetarians in this world and there has been for thousands of years. Get over it — Open your eyes…and Bring that Vegetarian McD”s to USA….my tires will be the first to squeal through the drive-thru.

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