It's a line every woman dreads: ‘‘honey, I’m taking you to McDonald’s for Valentine’s Day’’.
But it’s no joke for the staff at Warilla McDonald’s who are decking out their golden arches for a love-filled dinner on February 14.
Diners will be served their Big Macs and McChicken burgers on crockery, offered Cokes and thickshakes in glassware and tended to by a waiter, hired especially for the evening.
All guests will receive heart-shaped chocolates, enjoy some lustful tunes and eat their meals surrounded by roses, love hearts and tea lights.
Staff have promised customers a ‘‘romantic dining experience’’, even encouraging lovers to reserve their tables in advance.
Store manager Kayla Stratton said the eatery had already taken 10 bookings for Saturday night’s dinner, noting it had proved a hit with young families and shift workers.
‘‘It’s a chance for people with kids to enjoy a nice, loving environment and ensure they don’t miss out on a romantic dinner,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s a more relaxed approach to Valentine’s Day - some people can’t afford a five-star dinner so we’re hoping to offer them something else.’’
Ms Stratton believes the southern Illawarra franchise is the only one nationwide offering a special Valentine’s Day dinner, setting it apart from other stores.
‘‘It’s something we did a few years ago and wanted to try again,’’ she said.
‘‘We’ve had some bad feedback on social media but the people who have booked are really excited about it; it’s more affordable and great for people working certain times as we’re serving food until 9.30pm.’’
But is she aware of any customers with secret proposal plans for the most romantic day of the year?
‘‘No-one’s approached me about it as yet but it might not be something they want to share,’’ she laughed.
Meantime, Pizza Hut is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a special nail polish range, Pizza Hut Supreme Style.
The limited edition range includes shades like Poppin’ Pepperoni purple, Say Cheese! yellow and the pizza chain’s signature colour Make It Great! red.