McDonald’s First Eco-Friendly Restaurant Is Open in Maryland


The future of food is sustainable, and last week a McDonald’s franchise in Bethesda, Maryland became the chain’s first location to receive Level One certification from the Green Restaurant Association. GRA certification differs from others in that it incorporates all aspects of a restaurant’s business. This is different from something like LEED certification, for example, which applies only to buildings and construction. GRA incorporates LEED requirements, but also focuses on operations and interiors.

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A Restaurant Where You Can Order a Dish, Literally

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La Mercerie, the cafe, bakery and restaurant in the furniture and design store Roman and Williams Guild, which opens Thursday, is not exactly the kind of place you associate with takeout.

Marie-Aude Rose — a celebrated Parisian chef who has cooked at Pierre Gagnaire and alongside her husband, Daniel, at their now-closed restaurant, Spring — will serve what she describes as “simple but refined” French food. But after enjoying dishes like vegetables cooked in saffron broth beneath a puff pastry dome or buckwheat crepes with seafood in a sauce Nantua, diners can order something to go: the plates, the napkins, the tableware, the candlesticks and even the tables.

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