A report from deep inside the McDonald’s at the Karlsplatz in Munich:
"The food is American, but if you say, ‘McDonald’s,’ I don’t think America," said Jan Bastel, a 16-year-old German student eating at a refurbished McDonald’s in Munich. The branch occupies the first three floors of a neo-baroque building in front of a modern fountain in the middle of Karlsplatz, the historic old city entrance where hordes of shoppers, commuters, and tourists converge. It’s busier than any McDonald’s in America.
The whole place has an international feel. Green and yellow balloons festoon the spacious entranceways, which are decorated with white McDonald’s signs in Arabic, Japanese, Russian, English, and German. Behind the counter, more than a dozen McDonald’s employees ring up 9,000 customers a day from 6 a.m. to 3 a.m., serving them items like "Los Scharfos," a fried snack made with gooey cottage cheese and jalapenos, and "El Pikante," an oval beef patty in a pita dressed in picante sauce, and a "big bacon" burger topped with jalapenos. (McDonald’s executives say Germans are fascinated by Mexican culture and love spicy foods, thus the jalapenos.)