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Oh, SmAlbany!

Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning


"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!

Upscale McD's

Your McSmoking Jacket, sir: So I heard about the new upscale McDonald's on Wolf Road via the Times Union article from last week. Now, I'm not a big McDonald's guy, but this quote from the TU article caught my eye:
"Many people will go to eat at a McDonald's because that's where their kids want to eat, not where they want to eat," said Britt Beemer, founder of America's Research Group, a Charleston, S.C.-based marketing firm. "I think McDonald's is thinking, 'what do we do to make the adults feel comfortable in the restaurant?' "
So when I was doing some grocery shopping yesterday at the Hannaford next door, I simply couldn't resist a peek. I'm something of an adult. I feel somewhat uncomfortable eating at McDonald's. I had to see.

I must say, the first impression is even funnier than you would imagine. Words just can't describe how silly a faux(?)- stone fireplace looks in the middle of a McDonald's. And the thing is huge, it dominates the entire eating area. But I gave it a chance. I ordered a milkshake, grabbed a TU from the vending machine, and sat down. Just strange. Of course, the fireplace wasn't on, it being August and all. And my inquiries about a February marshmallow roast were greeted with aboslutely blank stares. We'll have to wait and see. P.S. - The TU quote was accureate - the restuarant is definitely more comfortable. But that's because, for once, it's actually clean in the sitting area.
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