The McDonald's doesn't possess a take-away licence and this means that you are not allowed to take your purchases out of the eatery. The Bruges authorities say that they are taking action in order to prevent damage to the street’s reputation.
City cabinet member Franky Demon, who is responsible for urban and countryside planning: "The Steenstraat is a shopping street. We already made it clear to McDonald's that we didn't want a fast-food restaurant. The city of Bruges did not issue a licence."
McDonald's got a licence from the provincial authorities. Franky Demon: "They said McDonald's could go ahead with the eatery, but only under strict conditions. As a result you're not allowed to take away any chips or hamburgers."