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There's Only One McDonald's In The World That Doesn't Have 'Golden Arches'

Dominic Smithers

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There's Only One McDonald's In The World That Doesn't Have 'Golden Arches'

When someone says McDonald's, aside from the plethora of meaty dishes the chain offers, one image that comes to mind is that of the famous 'golden arches'.

But while the iconic symbol is plastered across the sides of the fast-food giant's restaurants all around the world, there is one location where this is not the case.

In the town of Sedona, Arizona,, the restaurant doesn't boast the golden branding we have come to know and love, instead it's blue.

Yep, for reals.


The small town in the sprawling south-western state is famous for its natural beauty, with impressive red rock mountains surrounding the area.

So when Maccies decided it wanted to open a branch in 1993, the local council got involved and demanded that the 'M' not be golden, as that would take away from the stunning desert views and rugged landscape.

Credit: Google Maps
Credit: Google Maps

So instead they came up with the idea of making the logo a nice pale shade of blue.


Ironically, despite wanting to avoid the restaurant from sticking out, the blue sign has proved to be a hit, with people flocking to see it.

If you're so inclined as to travel thousands of miles for a turquoise sign, we have more for you.

Once you've visited the Sedona branch and posed for a pic by the blue arches, how about heading on down to the 'most beautiful' Maccies in the world?

A McDonald's in Long Island, New York State, has been dubbed the 'McMansion' because it has been built inside a lovely old-style white house, featuring a huge double staircase, a dining veranda and a lovely portico.


It was only made possible by the good folks of the town of Nassau, who decided they didn't want to see the premises bulldozed to the ground to become just any McDonald's restaurant, the same as the rest.

When it first opened, the owner of the franchise said that they wanted 'to put tablecloths and little battery-operated candles on the tables on Friday and Saturday nights'.

The branch has even hosted weddings in the past.

This branch in New York is often called the 'most beautiful' Maccies around.  Credit: Tdorante10/Wikimedia Commons
This branch in New York is often called the 'most beautiful' Maccies around. Credit: Tdorante10/Wikimedia Commons

The original building has been there since 1795 and was built as a decadent farmhouse, but over the years it has had a number of purposes, including a funeral home and a number of restaurants.

In the 1900s it was left to rack and ruin for a while, but it was bought up by the McDonald's corporation in 1985, when they wanted to knock the whole thing down and build a more orthodox McDonald's on the land.

However, the citizens of the town weren't having it.

The McDonald's New York regional vice president at the time said: "When we took over this building, it was a disaster, a real eyesore,


"There were pigeons all over. We had to gut the building, take it down to the rafters."

Looks like it was worth the effort.

Featured Image Credit: Google Maps

Topics: Food, World News, Restaurant, US News, New York, maccies, McDonald's

Dominic Smithers
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