I found a link to the aforementioned interview with Jeff Stratton. These
execs continue to claim that pricing decisions are made in Oak Brook:
"Stratton is reluctant to significantly raise prices across its menu,
despite higher food and labor costs".
McDonald's U.S. president struggles to boost sales - Chicago Tribune:
The burly Stratton
"I am very confident that we're pulling all the right levers on the relationship side to listen to the concerns of our licensees," he said.
"But to think that everyone is going to be happy in a system this size is a fallacy."
That's exactly what Jack Greenberg said in the late 1990s.