When I attended college outside Columbus, Ohio, I’d never have guessed that the town, best-known (only known?) then as the home of The Ohio State University and Jack Nicklaus, would become the center of the quick-service restaurant universe. Dave Thomas founded Wendy’s there, of course. In April, McDonald’s began testing the Mac Jr. and Grand Mac in Columbus.
Lately, the buzz has picked up exponentially. On October 26, Chipotle opened the first Tasty Made burger shop in Lancaster, Ohio, just southeast of Columbus. Then, yesterday, McDonald’s said it is testing a Sriracha Big Mac in Columbus only.
And now the jump from the sublime to the ridiculous. Morgan Spurlock (below), the director of the controversial 2004 film about McDonald’s, “Super Size Me,” is opening his own quick-service restaurant called Holy Chicken! this Saturday (Nov. 19, 2016)… in, yes, Columbus, Ohio.
As reported by IndieWire, the company behind the venture claims “Everything about the food is made and backed with integrity and openness including closing the loop in sustainability by raising our own chickens. The food is not only hormone free, it’s antibiotic free, cage free, free range, farm raised, humanely raised and 100% natural!” That about covers all the clichés. It’s not clear if those chickens are raised out back or elsewhere.
And I can’t wait until the first person spends a month eating nothing but Holy Chicken’s Grilled Crispy Chicken Sandwich and Lil’ Cluckers Chicken Tenders and reports how he feels.
McDonald’s in Southern Wisconsin haven’t brought back the McRib as many other co-ops have done. Instead they’ve brought back Johnsonville bratwursts ($2.79). And this time deep-fried cheese curds, another Wisconsin favorite, have joined the menu as part of the LTO.