We've been hearing about how the bad economy and escalating rents have restauranteurs nervous
. And we've noticed McDonald's is one of the few companies doing well
(or at least relatively well
) these days. So it was only a matter of time before somebody did a brokers-at-McDonald's story. The Post
obliges with "UNHAPPY MEAL: Execs Now Dining at McDonald's
." Three reporters interview suits at Mickey D's, who say "You've got to save when you can," "I get the Number 2 meal for $5.45," "In the past, when times are good, I'd be eating out," etc. The Post
describes them as "notoriously picky New Yorkers who hobnob at Michelin-rated restaurants," but we are skeptical. Years ago, when we worked as a Wall Street messenger (ah halcyon days!), we saw well-dressed men and women at McDonald's all the time. Perhaps those were just simpler times, to which we are returning. We'll be convinced when companies start giving out logo-identified McDonald's gift cards
instead of bonuses.