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New culinary delight for Gungahlin

By nanzan - 16 July 2010 17

I see that a development application has been lodged for a second McDonald’s Restaurant in Gungahlin.

This second franchise is planned for O’Hanlon Place, Nicholls, opposite (or perhaps adjacent to) the Caltex Service Station there.

So the Golden Arches will basically be the first thing people will see as they enter Canberra along the Barton Highway – especially at night as they will be illuminated of course.

I wonder what the owners of the current eateries at Gold Creek – such as the George Harcourt Inn and Adore Tea House and Cafe Injoy – think about this? Could be good for Gold Creek as a destination for visitors, or not….

What’s Your opinion?


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17 Responses to
New culinary delight for Gungahlin
Growling Ferret 8:12 pm 18 Jul 10

More jobs for kiddies in Gungahlin, and something that might be open after 6pm at Gold Creek.

Is it really such a horrendous concept that another Macca is going in (and at least 500m from the nearest residence in Nicholls?)

Mr Waffle 5:47 pm 18 Jul 10

astrojax said :

so, you have no sense of place – you’re happy for visitors to associate ‘mcdonalds junk food’ with their first impression/sight of this city? i care.

People already think of Canberra as “the politicians place” before even coming here. Afterwards, they think “the politicians place with roundabouts”. I doubt a McDonalds is going to change the opinions of Canberra for anyone, because everybody already has a bad one (who hasn’t said they’re from Canberra and had someone say “I’m sorry”?).

nanzan 5:21 pm 18 Jul 10

But what a shame it can’t be some iconic Australian eatery (or at least Australian-sounding eatery) that greets people as they enter the capital of Australia on the Barton Highway!

Perhaps it should be a Kingsley’s Gourmet Chicken – at least that is home grown (and has awesome chips – and not woosee french fries)!!

Erg0 4:22 pm 18 Jul 10

I’m pretty sure that Maccas is ubiquitous enough nowadays that nobody will even notice.

I mean, really – what kind of person thinks “OMG they have fast food restaurants on the highway – what a dive!”

astrojax 1:50 pm 18 Jul 10

Wraith said :

Who cares, really?

so, you have no sense of place – you’re happy for visitors to associate ‘mcdonalds junk food’ with their first impression/sight of this city? i care.

Holden Caulfield 10:06 am 18 Jul 10

bergamot said :

That is a real shame, that area used to be a nice little classy different place to go, no longer.

Admittedly I haven’t lived in Nicholls for a few years now, but that Injoy place was a total dive that was best avoided like the plague. Horrible decor, horrible food and horrible service. I’d say Maccas will fit right in, and at least the quality of food and service should actually improve.

Jivrashia 1:51 am 18 Jul 10

Oscillate Wildly said :

The people with very expensive houses which will now overlook a Maccas probably care!

Maybe it’s intended to be a Spite House?

BundahBoy 12:42 am 18 Jul 10

Hooray for ice cream cake and the chance (just maybe) to meet Ronald.

Anna Key 9:22 pm 17 Jul 10

Such a shame that this will be so visible from the highway. After all, the rest of Gunghalin is so scenic

Oscillate Wildly 2:01 pm 17 Jul 10

The people with very expensive houses which will now overlook a Maccas probably care!

bergamot 9:42 am 17 Jul 10

That is a real shame, that area used to be a nice little classy different place to go, no longer.

grumpyrhonda 7:36 am 17 Jul 10

We as a society have become too complacent. Who cares, really? Lots of us care, we just couldn’t be bothered to do anything about it.

Ian 10:44 pm 16 Jul 10

What grounds would they have for objecting? Don’t like competition?

Wraith 8:59 pm 16 Jul 10

Who cares, really?

lizw 7:14 pm 16 Jul 10

A McDonalds at that location was on the cards years ago, before the service station went in. I don’t know why it didn’t happen, though. Maybe there were a few objections, or it was just a rumour.

Now that the DA has been lodged, though, there should be the opportunity to do something about it. Object, in writing. And ask others to object as well.

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