McDonald's is undertaking its biggest store-by-store makeover in its 56-year history, spending over $1 billion to make the stores look comfortable enough to hang out in long after customers have finished their meals. (The new Third Place?)
This story notes: "McDonald's McCafes already have borrowed the wildly profitable specialty coffee concept from Starbucks. Now, it's also borrowing small pieces of Starbucks' look and feel. Starbucks executives declined to comment on the changes." Read "McDonald's revamps stores to look more upscale"