McDonalds opens biggest restaurant in Toronto

TORONTO [Peter Paul Media] — McDonalds will debut their largest location in Ontario Tuesday featuring two floors and 9,000 square feet of space dedicated to fit varying consumer needs like electrical outlets and a lounge area on the upper level.

Guests can now linger in a spacious environment with comfortable seating areas and a fireplace at the 356 Yonge Street restaurant—located just north of Yonge and Dundas Square near Elm Street.

The restaurant will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and features unlimited Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and a dedicated McCafe counter allowing consumers to bypass the main line to grab a coffee or snack.

Guests are invited to the grand opening at 11 a.m. on Tuesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring Ronald McDonald.

“The last few years have been an incredibly exciting time for McDonald’s Canada as we’ve transformed our brand to meet the evolving needs of our guests,” said Sharon Ramalho, McDonald’s’ VP of Ontario region.

“Tomorrow, we’re opening a restaurant that not only supports our expanded menu offerings, but is also uniquely designed to enhance our efficiency and quality of service.”

“It’s amazing to have so much space to work with in a downtown location,” franchise owner Lindsay Bridge said. “It allows us to provide the ultimate experience for our guests and a gathering place for the community to work, play or relax.”

The new location is part of the company’s restructuring of the majority of its Canadian restaurants with redesigned interiors, exteriors and unique customer service features. The restructuring comes after the 2011 restructuring of McDonald’s America when restaurants were updated and modernized with new features like 24-hour service and free Wi-Fi.

McDonald’s Canada operates over 1,400 restaurants across Canada employing more than 80,000 people, 80 percent of which are locally owned and operated by independent entrepreneurs.

The McDonald’s Canada produces $4.5 billion dollars annually and sees 2.5 million guests daily. The first McDonald’s restaurant located outside the U.S. was opened in Richmond, B.C. in 1967.

The first Ronald McDonald House opened in Toronto in 1981.

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