McDonald's Restaurant Opens Business Center


Atlanta-A faux fireplace, an antique mirror and clock,drapery window treatments and a Queen Anne chair: Not your typicalMcDonald's décor, but that's what you'll find at acompletely revamped 24-hour McDonald's restaurant inAtlanta.

To make it more desirable in its upscale neighborhood,McDonald's last week opened a prototype restaurant inAtlanta's Buckhead neighborhood fully equipped with aglass-enclosed business center.

The first of its kind in the fast-food industry, the restaurantboasts a wrought-iron-lined staircase leading to mezzanine-levelseating, where there's free access to a telephone, fax machineand Internet-connected computer. The business center boasts three20-inch televisions perpetually tuned to CNN and the MoneyChannel.

The antique office furnishings include a bookcase stocked withbusiness and financial journals as well as stock market referencebooks. The posh eating area is also furnished with a mock fireplaceand mantle topped with an antique mirror, clock and candlesticks.The Queen Anne chair adds the finishing touch. A mural featuringMcDonaldland characters and scenes from downtown Atlanta embellishthe main wall.

McDonald's hopes this makeover will invite local executivesto power lunch over Big Macs and milkshakes. No additionalrestaurants with executive décor are planned at this

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