Fast-food chain bids for 24-hour opening

A FAST-FOOD giant at Dubbo has made a bid to sell its burgers and fries around the clock.

McDonald's Australia applied to trade from its Cobra Street restaurant 24 hours a day and yesterday continued to await a decision.

The franchise intends to dish up new jobs as well as serve customers who find themselves peckish in the wee hours of the morning.

Should it gain approval, the Cobra Street restaurant would be the company's second at Dubbo to trade all day and all night.

A Dubbo City Council report written in December listed the development application (DA) from McDonald's Australia.

The DA for alterations to a food and drink premises had been lodged 27 days earlier and was in the notification stage at the time the report was written.

The company that serves meals to more than 50 million people across the world each day yesterday confirmed it wanted to add to the total.

It had applied to run 24 hours, seven days a week at its Cobra Street restaurant, a McDonald's spokeswoman said.

The model was a standard operating procedure and many of the company's restaurants operated longer due to customer demand and changing lifestyle habits, she said. If approved it would create about 20 jobs, she said.

Dubbo's original golden arches were built on Cobra Street, the route of the Mitchell Highway, and yesterday signs advertised its 6am opening.

These days a number of competitors operate along the same strip.

Fast food is also sold along Whylandra Street, part of the Newell Highway, where McDonald's opened its second outlet in the city in 2009.

The West Dubbo restaurant is already a 24-hour store.

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