Big Macs are still available in Russia despite McDonald's exit
Driving the news: A Russian-owned fast-food chain replaced several McDonald's locations in Russia over the weekend. Some of these restaurants continued to sell McDonald's meals.
- One restaurant sold a Big Mac inside a "Chicken Premier" box but it did not have the meal's signature sauce, Reuters reports.
- Another franchisee in St. Petersburg took the Big Mac off the menu but allows customers to order the sandwich, per Reuters.
- McDonald's branding is still visible on packages and menus, too.
Yes, but: Many of the former McDonald's restaurants — which were renamed Vkusno & tochka (or "Tasty and that's it") — offered a menu without the Big Mac, per Reuters.
The backdrop: More changes can be expected at these former McDonald's locations, including menus that feature double cheeseburgers and fish burgers — but not Big Macs or McFlurries, Axios' Julia Shapero writes.
- Many of the old McDonald's locations no longer feature the famous arch, either.
- In fact, the new owner Alexander Govor debuted a new logo that includes two orange backslashes with a red dot on top of a green background.
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