Readers may have noticed a familiar smell in the air as McDonald’s restaurants opened up for drive-thru orders across the Potteries.
The burger chain closed its doors during the Government lockdown to help ease the coronavirus crisis at the end of March.
StokeonTrentLive visited several branches across the region to report on traffic issues and chat with hungry fans of the fast food chain.
At the Fenton branch of McDonald’s, off Victoria Road, our reporter joined a long queue that snaked from the entrance to Wickes to the Buzz Bingo car park.
Maccies fans were left waiting until 11.10am for the drive-thru to open – it was scheduled to kick off at 11am.
But that didn’t put them off as they revealed what they’d been missing.
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Libby Coleman, aged 21, who works at bet365, and boyfriend Michael Colclough visited McDonald’s with their 13-week-old French bulldog Rox.
Michael, aged 24, said: “We’re getting a dirty Big Mac. We did come quite often but not always for food, we come for drinks. I can’t wait for a Coke with no ice.”
And furloughed office worker Rich Sobic, from Fenton, was also excited to get his fix.
The 29-year-old said: “I’m getting a Big Mac. I didn’t even know it was opening to be honest. I just went to Aldi and saw the queue. But it is nice isn’t it?”
Blaydon Holmes, aged 15, of Stoke, came early to McDonald’s with his mum who did not wish to be named. She said: “I’ve only come to keep my boy happy!”
Blaydon said he’d missed the burger chain and added: “I’m getting a Big Mac. I normally come every week.”
McDonald’s worker Declan Rooney, of Bucknall, has missed his daily Maccies so much he’s queued up early.
The 22-year-old said: “I’m getting a Big Mac, a few actually. I work here, so I normally have one everyday.”
It took around 26 minutes for our reporter to get his large Big Mac meal and three Chicken Selects with barbecue and sweet chilli dipping sauce.
The only hiccough being a large van jumping the queue at the junction with the Aldi car park as vehicles had to leave a gap for passing traffic.
Collections should be made with contactless cards and there is an order limit of £25 per vehicle.
At the collection window there was some kerfuffle over the order but once it was received it was dutifully enjoyed in the car.
Nothing major to report – the food was hot, tasty and cheap – it was McDonald’s, the same as it ever was. Just like in the before times.