McDonald’s has a ‘McBoat’ float-thru window

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It’s a drive-thru for watercrafts.

McDonald’s has over 36,000 restaurants across the globe, but only one of them has a float-thru option.

Off Germany’s Elbe river, on a small canal, sits the McBoat, the restaurant franchise’s only paddle-through location.

While open since 2015, the nautical fast-food chain location recently achieved newfound virality after YouTuber Tom Scott recorded his recent visit. 

“Now, just to manage your expectations, this is not a McDonald’s with a moat around it where there’s a queue of kayaks lining up for each window in turn. That would be better,” Scott says in the clip, which has racked up more than 1.4 million views since he posted it on Oct. 11. The McBoat once boasted an actual microphone and speaker for customers who pulled up to the dock to place their order, but that has been phased out for a smartphone app.

The location is open 24/7 during the spring and summer, closing only in the colder months, restaurant manager Adrian Dudziak told Scott.

Many come to visit after learning about McBoat’s existence in Hamburg on social media.

“People are so happy to see this because they read this or saw this on Instagram,” Dudziak noted.

In addition to being water adjacent, the McBoat also operates somewhat differently than most McDonald’s locations. “We can see you order on the [closed circuit television] screen and we make your food ready, and one person goes and brings the bag out,” Dudziak explained.

Scott, whose 4.4 million-subscriber channel focuses on highlighting “Amazing Places” across the world, says that the McBoat struck him as profile-worthy due to its combination of different and predictable. “I think it’s fascinating to find something that’s very close to what you already know, but that changes it in one or two interesting ways,” he said, eating his McDonald’s meal in a kayak.

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The water-adjacent location has been open since 2015.

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Customers pull up to the chain’s McBoat location from the Elbe river in Hamburg, Germany.

It's the only one set up like this in the world.
This is the only McDonald’s with a float-thru option in the world.



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