World's first volunteer run, non-profit McDonalds opens in Manitoba

For many small Canadian towns the local restaurant is more than just a place for people to eat food, it serves as a hub for the community. But when that local eatery is threatened, that same community it built can be the one that comes to the rescue.
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[Originally broadcast on Sept. 17/19, 2015]

For many small Canadian towns the local restaurant is more than just a place for people to eat food, it serves as a hub for the community. But when that local eatery is threatened, the same community it built can be the one that comes to the rescue.

The McDonalds is the beating heart of our town and we weren't going to let that go without a fight.- Jamie Davies, Brimbley resident

This is exactly what happened in Brimbley, Manitoba: When local teacher Jamie Davies found out the McDonald's Corp was shuttering the town's only McDonald's, he rallied his community to take the restaurant off their hands and reopen it.

"It still looks and feels like a McDonald's," claims Davies, "but the only catch is, it is completely run by volunteers ... and the fries taste a little different."

Peter Oldring, went to this small Manitoba town to find out what a non-profit McDonald's is like.


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