McDonald’s Unveils Olympic Park Restaurant

Sustainable McDonald’s features environmentally friendly features and new eats

McDonald's has unveiled its flagship Olympic Park restaurant for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The new restaurant, which will be dismantled after the London 2012 Olympic Games, was designed to ensure it would have minimum impact on the environment, in alignment with the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games’ mission to have the most sustainable Olympic Games possible.

Located in Olympic Park, the McDonald’s will have energy-efficient kitchen equipment and water-saving features. McDonald's will collect all used cooking oil from the restaurant and recycle it into biodiesel to fuel more than half of its U.K. delivery trucks.

The massive McDonald’s will have seating for 1,500, a second-floor balcony with a view of the Olympic Athletic Stadium, and express ordering lanes. Menu items will include the most extensive menu yet of favorites like the Big Mac and chicken McNuggets in addition to regional offerings like porridge and sustainably sourced tea and coffee served with British organic milk. For the first time at an Olympic Games, Happy Meals with fruit and vegetable options, and a new Fruitizz fruit drink will be served.

When McDonald's dismantles the restaurant after the games, 75 percent of the materials will be reused and nearly every item will be recycled, with all of the furniture and equipment distributed to future and existing restaurants in the U.K.

Lauren Mack is the Travel Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @lmack.