For almost 30 years, it sat in a Canadian harbor gathering rust and graffiti. One would never guess that the decrepit raft, once a floating McDonald’s, had been a popular attraction in the 1986 World’s Fair.
But it had been. The seafaring McDonald’s, nicknamed the “McBarge,” was a hit at the Expo in Vancouver, where customers were treated to fantastic views, employees wore nautical uniforms, and Big Macs and McNuggets were served on a conveyor belt.
Just a few years later, it was a creepy relic rotting in Burrard Inlet.
Now the vessel’s owner, developer Howard Meakin, says he’s investing $4.5 million to restore and renovate it for a new mission.
"I can’t tell you what the plan is," Meakin told the Vancouver Sun. "We’re under a non-disclosure agreement, but it fits in with the 30th anniversary of the Exposition."