The McDonald’s McBarge Rises Again; Investor Pours $4.5 Million Into a Makeover

March 13, 2016

But it may never serve another McNugget

The nautical-themed Friendship 500, better known as the McBarge, was built for Expo ’86, a celebration of Vancouver’s centennial. Like seemingly every new McDonald’s buildout, it aimed at cool kids, who in the mid-80s apparently aspired to dinner with the cruise captain. Left to fester on the open water for the last several decades, according to Metro UK, the barge is about to under go a pricey makeover. The resurrection is expected to be complete by year’s end.

Originally built at a cost of $12 million (today it would cost just shy of…