American franchises are rare in Germany. Aside from the ubiquitous Mickey Ds and BKs, there aren’t a lot of American franchises in my neck of the woods.
Heidelbergerin made a comment about making an unexpected stop to Dunkin’ Donuts when she last went to Berlin.
Strangely enough, I do the same when I find myself in Berlin, I strangely make a beeline for Dunkin’ Donuts, either the one at Potsdamer Platz or at the Zoogarten Bahnhof. Oh, and speaking of the Zoobahnhof, across the street is a KFC, and when I’m there, might as well stop by and get an Original recipe chicken and mash with a lot of gravy. I miss the jugs of gravy that stand at the condiments section, Germans are stingy with the condiments. But I digress.
When I went to Italy via Berlin Tegel, I bought an overpriced hotdog from an “American-style” hotdog stand there. I’m not normally a hotdog, chicken, or donut person, but there really is power in marketing to kids. I buy them not because I really crave them, but because they are familiar foods in a strange country.
Does this make sense?