What can you get in Wollongong that you can't get anywhere else in Australia?
Something a little bit fancy at eight McDonald's restaurants between Woonona and Albion Park Rail.
After the success of a "dinner plate" service trialled at Warilla by Glenn and Katia Dwarte in February, head office has decided to conduct a regional trial starting on Monday.
The service, which includes crockery and cutlery, will be available over two four-week periods at Albion Park Rail, Fairy Meadow, Figtree, Wollongong, Woonona, Warrawong, Warilla and Dapto restaurants.
From August 19, the dinner plate service will be available from Sunday to Wednesday from 5pm until 9pm and then from September 15 to October 12 it will be offered seven days a week.
The Big Mac Meal, Quarter Pounder Meal and McSpicy Chicken Burger Meal will all be available on crockery for $10.95 with a small sundae but customers can also order any other value meal on the menu, with fries, a drink and a sundae, and have it delivered to their table on a plate with cutlery for an additional $1.50.
Mrs Dwarte said Warilla showed McDonald's operations department how it worked earlier this year.
Announcing the regional trial, McDonald's Australia chief executive Catriona Noble acknowledged the Dwartes for their forward thinking.
They served her a meal with crockery and glassware when they pitched the idea last December after Mr Dwarte had started serving his parents and mother-in-law meals that way during their weekly visits.
"They now think they are famous," he said.
Ms Noble said she made the decision to roll out a regional trial after seeing the success at Warilla.
"We were surprised and excited by the response and how much publicity it got around the world. So we asked other restaurants in the area if they would like to be involved.
"I think we all thought 'what a great idea' but we were all surprised with how the story went global."
Ms Noble said the trial was being done in two parts.
"We are initially trying it from Sunday to Wednesday when they are not as busy," she said.
"It is a chance for the other restaurants to get good at it first before we roll it out across the week. I'm going to come down during the trial myself. Operators in other areas want to do it too but we have had to beat them back."
Ms Noble said none of it would have happened without the Dwartes.
"They definitely are at the leading edge and they always have their customers at the heart," she said.
"And they don't just keep good ideas to themselves. They are always trying new things, pushing ideas forward and calling us in Sydney to see what they can do. If we could bottle them it would be fabulous."
Ms Noble could not say whether the table service trial would roll out nationally.
"We will have to be open-minded about that," she said.