Would you like lobster with that?
A McDonald’s in Maine has been dubbed the “poshest” on the planet, thanks to its upscale finishings and high-end menu, which includes specialty seafood.
The ritzy restaurant is located in the waterfront town of Freeport — but there are no garish golden arches to alert you to its presence.
Instead, the eatery blends in with its quaint surroundings, located inconspicuously inside Gore House, a Victorian-style mansion built by a local merchant way back in 1850.
In 1984, the building was transformed into a McDonald’s and has since become an unlikely tourist attraction, with visitors flocking to the fancy fast food joint.
Although there are 40,275 McDonald’s restaurants around the world, the Freeport franchise is one of the few to feature its own page on the company’s corporate website.
“McDonald’s restored the interior of the Gore House with mahogany furniture, wall-to-wall carpeting and original paintings by Maine artists,” a description reads.
Given the grand house in which the McDonald’s is located, it has been nicknamed “The McMansion,” and was also featured in the top spot on the “13 most iconic McDonald’s” list compiled but the company.
The chic eatery offers patrons a regular McDonald’s menu but occasionally features fancier fare.
In the summertime, the establishment is known for serving lobster rolls, with tourists hitting up the chain to chow down on the classy crustacean to see how it compares to other seafood sourced and sold by restaurateurs in the local area.
Even Freeport residents have come to love the location, with a drive-thru installed in 2000 so they can grab their grub on the go.
However, locals weren’t always so enthused about the prospect of a McDonald’s coming to their quaint town.
The unusual decision to transform Gore House into a McDonald’s made national news in the mid-1980s.
The New York Times reported that residents were bitterly divided over the plans to bring McDonald’s to town, with some worried it would be an eyesore.
”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,” a rep for the fast food giant told the paper at the time.
“We are willing to spend the money to make it compatible with the area, the history, the community and the people who live there.”