Got talking to my taxi driver, as you do, en route from Belmont to the John Hunter. He was originally from up the Hunter Valley, same as me, and we got to discussing when the only McDonald’s in the region was at Broadmeadow and people would drive their kids 87kms just to go there!
Of course we went to the beach first, but the shiny clean McDonald’s, so bright and modern with fast service and American influence was a real treat for the kids. We also knew they would eat the food on offer. To hold a nine-year old’s birthday party in the Party Room was just the bee’s knees, but could scar a parent for life.
Now as a Senior I meet my friends at McDonald’s regularly. It used to to be at Mayfield, then King Street, Newcastle, now Belmont. It has become a comfort zone in our old age.
I haven’t diverged much from the main menu over the years. I don’t go there to eat healthy, I know what I like.
Plus they are old-people tolerant. After all, I have been going there since approx 1973, when one solitary McDonald’s at Broadmeadow satisfied the needs for thin fries and sloppy ice cream, same as today.
Some years back It was a bit weird to reverse the process and travel from Newie to Singleton to meet up with my son and his children at their new McDonalds. The town was very excited to have one at last.
Funnily enough specialists for cystic fibrosis had recommended the food there as helpful for my grandchildren who have the condition. Maccas as a health food? Who knew!