I just got off the plane from London and ate at Pret a Manger at Heathrow. It’s hard to imagine that McDonald’s owned this chain from 2001 to 2008. But you can clearly see they didn’t have the same DNA, especially when McDonald’s “oatmeal” has 21 ingredients, when in fact, oatmeal is an ingredient.
When I was a kid, fast food options were bad and worse. Now it’s Le Pain Quotidien, Pret a Manger, Panera Bread, Chipotle, and the like. Given the capitalist system that is the United States, we’ve got to fight capitalism with capitalism. And, I for one, am super optimistic that healthy capitalism will win.