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Editorial: How about a veggie McD’s right here in Chicago?

McDonald's plans open two vegetarian-only restaurant Indinext year.  |  RoberSchmidt~AFP/Getty Images

McDonald's plans to open two vegetarian-only restaurant in India next year. | Roberto Schmidt~AFP/Getty Images

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Updated: October 6, 2012 1:46PM

McDonald’s is opening two vegetarian-only restaurants.

Not, unfortunately, in one of the hipper neighborhoods of Chicago, or even somewhere in California. But in India.

McDonald’s plans to open two veggie-only sites next year, one in Amritsar and one in Katra.

This makes sense. For reasons of religion and tradition, Indian diets tend to be low in meat, with about 30 percent of Indians eating no meat at all.

But vegetarians are growing in number in this country, too, and we’re pretty sure a veggie McDonald’s would fare well in, say, Logan Square or Andersonville.

Our first reaction when we read the news about a vegetarian-only McDonald’s was to laugh. Aren’t these the folks who invented the double-beef-patty Big Mac?

But why not? A veggie McDonald’s is an excellent idea — right here at home.

As a sort of security blanket, McDonald’s could start on Devon Avenue, the hub of Chicago’s immigrant Indian community.

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