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On this date in history: McDonalds opens first Moscow restaurant



Technically, the first McDonalds in Moscow, Russia, opened on Jan. 31, 1990 but that's close enough to the '80s, isn't it? I mean, construction must have begun during our decade. And hell, the Russians were probably just then getting around to listening to the soft FM hits of the early '80s from America. "Some Fogelberg with your fries, comrade?" (Truth be told, the McDonalds corportation got permission to build the restaurant in 1988.)

According to, on Jan. 31, 1990, more than 30,000 customers stood in line for six hours and paid the equivalent of several days of wages to enjoy (say it with me) "two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun."

The Mickey D's location is located on Pushkinsklaya Square and -- with 700 seats inside and 200 outside -- was once the world's largest McDonalds.

[Last modified: Friday, January 31, 2014 8:50am]


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