Yesterday, McDonald’s decided it was temporarily discontinuing select items from its menu during the coronavirus pandemic. The menu options change is being made to assist restaurant workers in maintaining more streamlined daily operations.
In a story first reported by Business Insider, directors at the Golden Arches internally announced plans for a limited menu in the US. Items being dropped include salads, chicken tenders and grilled chicken sandwiches. In addition, the chain will be dropping its “all-day” breakfast service. (You can still get your Egg McMuffin on, come morning.) Fortunately, all of the chain’s burger and Filet-O-Fish menu options will continue to be served daily.
McDonald’s senior vice president of operations Bill Garrett said the menu reduction will begin within the next few weeks.
“To simplify operations in our kitchens and for our crew, and ensure the best possible experience for our customers, we are working with our franchisees and local restaurants to focus on serving our most popular choices,” Garrett said in a statement to Business Insider. “We look forward to continuing to serve our customers through take-out, Mobile Order & Pay, Drive Thru or, McDelivery at the majority of our restaurants.”
The menu reduction is a temporary plan set in reaction to the pandemic. How long it will be in effect is undetermined. McDonald’s has been making changes quickly due to the pandemic. In the ensuing days, the company has stopped serving inside dining service. Locations with PlayPlace playground facilities have closed them.
In a statement on the McDonald’s website, Mark Salebra, the company’s National Franchisee Leadership Alliance Chair, cited their commitment to the communities they serve. “Franchisee leadership completely supports the decision to adhere to social distancing guidelines and ensure that large groups of customers are not gathered together inside our restaurants. We are committed to our role in supporting the communities in which we do business.”