Love Under the Golden Arches

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Nothing says “I love you honey” like celebrating Valentine’s day with Ronald and the Hamburglar. And, for several area couples, that’s exactly how they spent their special evening.

“We wanted to go with something a little less traditional,” Shady Spencer, the program director for Wild 96.3 radio station, said.

People who came out for the event were shocked at the new atmosphere.

“It’s very out of the box, it’s very different,” Erika Zamilpa, who brought her little sister to dinner, said. “It doesn’t look like a McDonald’s.”

Wild 96.3 teamed up with the Southtown McDonald’s off of South Anthony for the first Valentine’s Day Dinner at McDonald’s. They opened reservations up to around 40 people. However, people could also walk-in and enjoy the different set up. The radio DJs were the waiters and waitresses for the evening.

Unlike other restaurants, people could enjoy a three course meal for under $20. Each table was also given a complimentary box of chocolates to take home.

“For people who don’t normally have the opportunity to go out and sit down and have the dining experience,” said Ted Williams, Jr., the Southtown McDonald’s owner.

Even though it was an economical evening for many, the goal of the night was to make this Valentine’s Day unforgettable.

“Now, this is an idea where I’m definitely going to remember you took me to McDonald’s last year, 20 years from now, hey remember that time you took me to McDonald’s for Valentine’s Day,” Spencer said.

Organizers said they’re hoping to make this an annual event.

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