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McDonald's of the future opens in St. Joseph

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The McDonald’s restaurant is decked out with fancy soda machines and a high-tech play place. (CNN) The McDonald’s restaurant is decked out with fancy soda machines and a high-tech play place. (CNN)
ST. JOSEPH, MO (KCTV/CNN) -

A McDonald’s of the future has opened in St. Joseph.

"We're going to have a dessert area to where if you want to just have a McCafe or a dessert, you don't have to wait in line, you come here," explained Director of Operations Vickie Wallace.

The McDonald’s restaurant is decked out with fancy soda machines and a high-tech play place.

"We have light boards that they're heat sensored where we have little tables or if you just let it go you see Ronald appear and he walks across there for you,” Wallace said.

It also has the endless French fries that gained international attention.

"Your fries will come out in this really cute basket and it's just like if you're at a Mexican restaurant with chips and salsa,” said franchise owner Chris Habiger.

To get the endless fries option, you have to dine-in.

"Our customers love our fries and so we want to be able to provide them more of what they love,” Habiger said.

You can get them by walking up to a kiosk to order your food.

"You can choose your bun. The artisan roll is hands down my favorite, but we are also offering the new lettuce wrap if you want to skip out on the carbs on the buns and stuff like that,” an employee explained.

Once you’ve placed your order and have paid, it’s delivered right to you by an employee decked out in server style uniforms.

"We wanted to bring a modern and progressive burger and breakfast restaurant to our community and I think we have,” Habiger said.

"We were just super excited because we wanted to bring something different to the St. Joseph community and we love the clean lines, the modern look and we wanted to plus up our service experience for our customers,” franchise owner Karri Habiger said.

The customer experience has also risen to another level in the safe and futuristic play areas.

"We have one of the newest play sets. We have a little toddler area so they can go back in there to play and not be run over by the kids. A pogo stick that you can jump up and down on and it keeps your score on it," Wallace said.

The process of getting to the finished product unveiled Thursday wasn’t easy.

"There's a moment, obviously, with any construction project that it gets stressful and you wonder if you're going to meet your deadlines," Karri Habiger said.

The owners say they’re very happy with the final result and are expecting a lot of traffic cover the coming months.

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