These days, it seems like fast feeders can no longer look like fast feeders. In an effort to compete with No. 3 U.S. chain Starbucks, hamburger chains like McDonald's and Burger King are gradually rolling out revamped stores, complete with flat-panel TVs, comfortable seating and sleeker interior design-and even Subway is testing out a cafe concept.
Here's a look at a few fast feeder's cafe concepts:
McDonald's may not have been a place where customers previously liked to take a load off. Uncomfortable chairs and bright red-and-yellow accents and fluorescent lighting do not a comfortable lounging experience make. McDonald's seems to recognize that and is now in the throes of the largest store-by -store remodel in the company's history, an estimated $1 billion project. For the new design, the company is jettisoning the red-and-yellow interiors and bright-red roof and opting for more muted colors, and adding TVs and lounge areas with comfortable seating. The fast feeder is redesigning about 800 locations this year and expects to have the majority of its 14,000 U.S. locations sporting a new look by 2015.