When I was a child, McDonald's was a staple in my diet. During every road trip, my parents would always make a pit stop at our favorite fast food joint and treat my brother and I to our beloved Happy Meals.
As an honored tradition, my family had stepped into quite a few restaurants, and seen them through several stages of re-branding. While some were still in its classic red vinyl seating, others have become more cozy, with some even installing a fire place.
Now in 2018, they have a self-serve kiosk, and McDonald's has become more stylish than ever. However, just because most have a renovated interior, doesn't mean they stack up anywhere close to a fine dining restaurant.
Well, except for one.
The McDonald's in Freeport, Maine does, as it's housed inside a 168-year-old mansion. This particular dining room features wooden chairs to sit on and candles adorning every single table.
Originally built as a residential mansion by William Gore in 1850, it was turned into a McDonald's in 1986.
But not everybody was happy with the transformation.
While still called the "Gore House," the 6,200 residents were opposed to the new fast food joint, but made sure it didn't dismantle the building's traditional Victorian style. This included the brand being prohibited from displaying their iconic golden arches.
"What we are doing there is something we probably have never done before in terms of design and the amount of time and effort involved," Stephen Leroy, manager of McDonalds' media relations, told the New York Times in 1984.
"We are willing to spend the money to make it compatible with the area, the history, the community and the people who live there," he added.
Along with the building's posh aesthetic, the restaurant also serves fancier dishes than just the classic Big Mac combo, such as delicious-looking lobster rolls.
Would you be interested in wining and dining at this McDonald's?