The fast-food restaurants that replaced McDonald’s in Russia have decided to serve up a new item on their menu: moldy hamburgers. The American company left the country over the invasion of Ukraine.
Customers have taken to social media to post photos of the food being served at “Vkusno & Tochka,” translated from Russian as “tasty and that’s it.” Rotting hamburger buns, too little meat and expired cheese sauces are the talk of the town with some diners even finding insect legs in the meat patties.
Ksenia Sobchak, a popular television celebrity and the Russian opposition’s most prominent female politician posted images on her Telegram chat channel. “Vkusno & Tochka sells moldy burgers. It looks like they don’t quite honor the standards of McDonald’s, at least in terms of product quality control. Today at least three cases were recorded of burgers with moldy buns sold to customers,” she said.
McDonald’s sold all of the restaurants in Russia in early 2022 to a local licensee with about 50 restaurants reopening in June 2022. After the sale, operators of “Vkusno & Tochka” promised that customers would get a better dining experience than what they were receiving before.
The new chain is unable by trademark laws to sell Big Macs or McFlurry’s but it still has access to several of the same ingredients used to make the signature menu items, leaving no excuse for the unedible food they’ve been selling.
McDonald’s first came to the USSR in 1990, shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall.