When the coronavirus pandemic hit, McDonald’s closed dining rooms.

With restaurants only doing delivery and takeout, franchises pared back their menu to focus on best-selling items.

McDonald’s execs promised that the expanded menu — including the beloved All Day Breakfast — would return, but franchise owners have other plans.

 

Franchise owners say a simpler menu means faster service.

An independent group of McDonald’s franchise owners, called National Owners Association, has reportedly come out in favor of the coronavirus-era reduced menu.

They say that the simpler menu has allowed franchises to reduce service times to levels previously unheard of. Meanwhile, the NOA is celebrating improved sales.

The NOA said keeping the menus simplified is the NOA’s “number one priority.”

 

McDonald’s is adding 7 items back to the menu.

McDonald’s CEO, Chris Kempczinkski, said each market will independently decide if or when to bring menu items back.

But McDonald’s is once again sending their franchisees the ingredients to add 7 items back to the menu, including vanilla cones, chocolate chip cookies, two versions of the Quarter Pounder and the Bacon McDouble.

 

 

All Day Breakfast isn’t the only thing that’s missing from the menu.

We’ve returned to a time, not seen since 2018, when McDonald’s breakfast items are only available until 10:30 AM. Sad.

But in addition to missing an Egg McMuffin at dinnertime, more than a dozen menu items have disappeared at McDonald’s locations during the COVID-19 crisis, including

  • Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Tenders
  • Grilled Chicken Sandwich
  • Salads

 

There are lots of ways to save money on the items still on the menu.

From Free Fry Day on Fridays to our 12 Insider Secrets You Need to Know to Save Money at McDonald’s to getting discounts on McDelivery, stay tuned to KCL to see how to spend less at the Golden Arches.

And if you’re missing a McMuffin at dinnertime, you can always make one yourself (see Tip 11).

 

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No More All Day Breakfast? McDonald's May Keep Smaller Menu