The Next Generation of McDonald’s Has Quinoa (McQuinoa?), Chrome Counters and Table Service

01/21/2016 at 05:41 PM ET

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“Do you want quinoa with that?”

McDonald’s has unveiled images of McDonald’s Next, a “next-generation” McDonald’s located in Hong Kong that’s serving a decidedly different kind of fast-food menu. Among the restaurant’s innovations are a redesigned concrete-and-wood scheme (with a glass accent wall, naturally) and wireframe stools. Quinoa, couscous and asparagus are all featured on the redesigned salad bar menu, which is also available via touchscreen. Oh, and the long, community-style tables will feature table service, which the chain has flirted with at certain locations.

Related: Bradley Cooper Adorably Reveals His Favorite Birthday Was at McDonald’s (Video)

Also, they’ve tried making kale a thing at a few locations already, so there will probably be some kale at the McDonald’s Next. There’s kale everywhere these days.

FORTUNE speculates that “the more upscale and health-conscious concept is likely an attempt to appeal to customers who have been drifting away from fast food chains in recent years” in as a response to semi-upscale “fast casual” chains like Shake Shack and Panera.

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It should be noted that many features of international McDonald’s restaurants never quite make it to America. We never got to taste the squid ink burger from McDonald’s Japan, for example. And for that we are very grateful.

— Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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But it will still be called McDonald’s . . . nothing “upscale” about that.

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It’ll be a nice setting for all the low-class brawls that will inevitably break out there in the future.

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Lovely just what I was looking for. Thanks to the author for taking his clock time on this one.

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