Skip to comments.Inside ‘McBarge’ – the Eerie, Abandoned Floating McDonald’s
Posted on 03/09/2016 3:18:35 PM PST by nickcarraway
The McBarge, a floating McDonalds abandoned for nearly 30 years, is set for a secret Super Size makeover.
The restaurant, which cost almost $9 million to build, was originally part of Expo 86, a Worlds Fair held in Vancouver in 1986.
The original plan for the barge was to move it to a new location after the expo ended.
However, the restaurant lost its novelty and was abandoned.
The site, formerly known as Friendship 500, is only accessible by boat.
Photos of the structure shared on Reddit last week went viral, resurfacing national interest in the barge.
Howard Meakin, president of Sturgeons Developments, bought the structure back in 1999, according to the Vancouver Sun.
According to multiple media reports, the barge is set to receive a $3+ million renovation.
However, the plan for the barge remains secret.
It will be restored and refitted, Meakin told the Vancouver Sun in December. It could be in Vancouver, but it could be in other places, as well. Were not saying exactly where its going to be located, but the plan is that it will undergo extensive renovations.
Meakin said he expects the refurbishment to be completed this year.
Would make a good houseboat.
I don’t believe it deserves a break today.
I’d like a houseboat like that.
We were at Vancouver for that World’s Fair with the (then very little) children. Don’t specifically recall being on the barge, but it is likely.
Surprised it doesn’t have prominent Golden Arches over the top deck!
It really would.
Investing $9 million in a McDonalds was not a very smart idea.
They’re getting $15 an hour at all Houston Walmarts now.
Could have gotten it cheap at some point. Yes, would have been a great fixer upper, making a nice home with awesome resale value.
I keep thinking how much fun it could be to specialize in finding & rehabilitating abandoned real estate.
I’d live on it in a heartbeat. Lol
Great location for a very low budget James Bond flick!
That picture made me Grimace.
Is there a drive-thru lane?
Looks like some special sauce all over it.
Didn't Costner already do that one? ;)
Flagship for Captain Crook.
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