The first McDonald's restaurant in Russia located on Pushkin Square in central Moscow will be reopened on Wednesday, November 19 upon the expiration of a 90-day suspension as an administrative punishment imposed on it by a court, McDonald's Russia spokesperson Svetlana Polyakova told Interfax on Tuesday.
"The restaurant on Pushkin Square will open at about noon tomorrow," Polyakova said.
The other two McDonald's restaurants closed in Moscow will be reopened later, she said.
"As for the restaurant on Manezhnaya Square, we have started its modernization and full refurbishment, including the restaurant's decor. The work there will continue until the end of January. The McDonald's on Alekseyevskaya is undergoing planned re-equipment, and it will reopen" by the end of November, she said.
Lawyer Maxim Titarenko representing the company's interests in courts told Interfax the administrative sanctions imposed on the company by district courts expire on November 18.
"The administrative cases have ended, the proceedings on them have been finished, and the punishment served. I am not aware of any other charges by [the consumer protection watchdog] Rospotrebnadzor," he said.
Rospotrebnadzor had ordered the suspension of operations at three McDonald's restaurants in Moscow on August 20, including the first Russian restaurant in the chain, which opened on Pushkin Square in 1990. Based on violations uncovered during inspections, Rospotrebnadzor specialists started administrative offence proceedings.
Moscow's Tverskoi District Court ruled on August 27 to suspend the operations of McDonald's restaurants on Pushkin Square and on Manezhnaya Square. The Ostankinsky District Court also ruled to suspend the operations of a McDonald's restaurant on Prospekt Mira Avenue near the Alekseyevskaya metro station for 90 days.
Polyakova had told Interfax in early September that nearly every other McDonald's restaurant in Russia had undergone inspections.
There are more than 430 McDonald's restaurants in Russia, including over 100 in Moscow. Russia's oldest McDonald's near Pushkin Square was among the chain's ten largest restaurants in Europe by turnover in 2013.
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