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McDonald’s India’s North and East chains have recently faced significant hurdles in their way. With the long drawn legal battle with Vikram Bakshi, the (previous) 50% stake holder in the Connaught Plaza Restaurants (CPRL) joint venture. McDonald’s only recently bought out Vikram Bakshi’s entire share and closed down its outlets in North and East India to finally open them with restocked restaurants and rebranded products.

You might have noticed that the signature McDonald’s packaging and utensils and even few of the secret sauces have been missing from the menu, which in-turn lead to discontinuation of several of McDonald’s products. The entire situation arose because of the legal battle happening between the two stakeholders of CPRL.

Now, with all the power in the hands of American fast-food chain, patrons can expect to get the signature McDonald’s taste and packaging back. But McDonald’s is not expected to stop just at that. The fast food restaurant is expected to bring out the big guns and introduce the in-coffee-house-style food and beverage chain McCafe.

Well, if it isn’t obvious by its name, McCafe is a cafe style outlet which mostly serves a variety of hot and cold coffee as well as several types of ice creams.

Also Read: McDonald’s outlets in Delhi- NCR are shutting down for a fortnight

The f&b chain is expected to stir up the coffee scene of the city and bring out one more options for the people to choose from. If the reviews of the international outlets are to be believed, the coffees at McCafe are considered to be (please don’t kill me) better than even Starbucks! Now that is saying something.

We cannot wait to sip of the iced caramel frappe, double chocolate frappe, berries/mango smoothie, lattes, and the hot chocolate. Sounds like bliss to me.

There are already several McCafes present in the Southern and Western part of the country.

P.S. The basic McDonald’s outlets are expected to open in 9 days time.

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