McDonalds is preparing to open vegetarian restaurants in two of India’s holy and most visited sites next year.
“A vegetarian store makes absolute sense in the places which are famous as pilgrimage sites,” said Rajesh Kumar Maini, a spokesman for McDonald’s India as quoted by The Globe and Mail.
The new outlets will be located in Amritsar, home to the Golden Temple, the holiest site of India’s Sikh faith, and in the town of Katra, shrine of Vaishno Devi.
According to The Globe, the company has had trouble expanding in India since the majority of the population does not eat beef, a popular McDonald’s offering. McDonald’s India will offer chicken burgers; the McVeggie, a vegetarian patty with carrots, peas and potatoes; a McAloo Tikki or deep-fried patty of spicy mashed potatoes; and a McSpicy Paneer, a patty of traditional Indian cheese.
The company is not the only multinational to open vegetarian restaurants in India; Subway opened vegetarian sites on school campuses in India time for the new school year.