We’ve all got a McDonalds in our home town, and if yours is anything like mine then you’ve probably got several. There’s one branch of McDonalds, though, that’s a little different. The Freeport McDonalds in Cumberland County, Maine is the fanciest McDonalds you’ve ever seen. Turning away from the usual decor, layout and huge glass windows you can watch all the burgers get eaten through, the Freeport McDonalds is built inside a mansion once owned by a prominent town merchant called William Gore. Which is pretty much the ideal setting for a comedy horror film, to be honest.
The story behind the McMansion is pretty straightforward. The original inhabitants of the town weren’t fond of the idea of a branch of the huge business setting up shop in their little town, and were particularly worried about a new building that wasn’t designed to fit in with Freeport. The company was allowed to build the restaurant there if and only if they kept Gore House styled in the town's unique look.
Speaking back in 1984 Stephen Leroy, manager of the McDonald's media team, said: "What we are doing there is something we probably have never done before in terms of design and the amount of time and effort involved. We are willing to spend the money to make it compatible with the area, the history, the community and the people who live there."
They certainly stayed true to their promise, because the quirky McDonalds is filled with real wooden tables and chairs, potted plants and traditional blinds to add to the decor and it even serves lobster rolls! Not too shabby, we’re planning a trip ourselves