Next for McDonald's: Vegetarian-Only Restaurant

But you'll have to go to Amritsar, India, to dine there
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2012 10:56 AM CDT
Updated Sep 8, 2012 7:13 AM CDT

(Newser) – In what some Big Mac lovers could see as a sign of the apocalypse, McDonald's plans to open a vegetarian-only restaurant next year ... and then another one. The Big Mac-free spots won't be taking over the US, however: The first is planned for Amritsar in northern India, where it'll be located near the Golden Temple; the AFP explains that people are barred from eating meat at the shrine. Next up: one in Katra, near another religious spot (the Vaishno Devi cave shrine) that sees hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims annually.

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When it comes to a meat-free outpost, the burger chain is already halfway there, literally, in India. The menu is 50% vegetarian, with chicken but no beef or pork offerings in accordance with Hindu and Muslim custom. Its No. 1 seller is already meat-free: the potato-based McAloo Tikki burger makes up 25% of all sales. The goal is to crack open a market that's teeming with people (1.2 billion) but light on McDonald's restaurants (271, out of 33,000 worldwide).

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