Would You Like Fries...And A Beer With That? Fast Food Restaurants Add Alcohol To The Menu

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Would You Like Fries...And A Beer With That? Fast Food Restaurants Add Alcohol To The Menu
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You may be in for a surprise the next time you stop in for a burger at your local fast food spot and find beer and wine has been added to the menu. Fast food chains like Burger King, Sonic, and Starbucks are a few of the restaurants that have added alcohol to their menus.

So far, the beer and wine options are only available at a few select locations, but are expected to become more widespread if customers keep ordering. A recent report from USA Today talks about some of the pros and cons of the beverage additions.

Restaurant consulting firm, Technomic’s president Ron Paul believes the move to serving beer and wine in these restaurants can be very beneficial for business owners as well as customers. Paul says, "For consumers, it's basically about having it your way — even if it's having a beer with your burger."

Others find that having alcohol on the menu can only lead to dangerous situations. Since people come and go so quickly at these types of restaurants, the effects of drinking fast and getting into a car may pose more risks. Michele Simon, research and policy director of an alcohol industry watchdog group, explains, “You don't want someone downing a quick beer, then getting into their cars and driving off. It's a delicate balance of risk and reward.”

Do you think fast food restaurants should add alcohol to their menus?


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  • amandastacy By amandastacy

    Alot of fast food workers are not of the age to handle and sell beer, at busy times that would be a huge hassle for everyone.

  • Beaniesmom By Beaniesmom

    I don't think it is necessary to drink EVERYWHERE. These places are geared towards kids. It's more a kids hangout than a restaurant where the family goes to enjoy a burger, in my opinion. They are always near schools, that is who they want to attract. Ever been around a Chuckie Cheese's when the parents weave out and drive the kiddies home? They are teaching your children it is ok to drink, and when the kids think they are old enough to go have a few, they will return to the bars you took them to as a kid, to play the video games and drink. I wonder how much could you get from BK after your 18 year old hits a tree?

  • Beaniesmom By Beaniesmom

    Honestly, do we need to drink EVERYWHERE? If you can't down that burger without beer go to a bar and get one of those good burgers.... they have video games there for the kiddies too, because they want them to feel like it is ok to go to bars, so that when they get old enought (or think they are old enough) to drink they will come back to the bar they use to go to as a kid. Go to Chuckie Cheeses and watch the responsible parents weave out of those places, and then drive the kiddies home... How much money do you think will to be paid out by Burger King when someone's 18 year old hit a tree on the way home.... I just can't believe it is that important to have a beer with those gross burgers...

  • frymom3 By frymom3

    Im sure a lot of people would think that beer would taste good with a big mac...but wouldn't that be sending the wrong message to our children....and don't get me started on the drive thru! Aren't a lot of the fast food places by churches and schools? I think this is a bad idea all togeather! If you want to drink do it a a bar, or a sit down restaurants! Or better yet...your own home!

  • Tmcantwell By Tmcantwell

    seems like a reasonable idea to drink with your meal, even at a fast food joint.

  • Britnev By Britnev

    I don't think you are going to find people sitting in one of these restaurants and drinking until they are drunk. The majority will be parents enjoying a beer with their meal whether they are eating out with the kids or just themselves. Nothing wrong with that and nothing abnormal to what they probably do anywhere else. Of course they are not going to sell beer at the drive thru window - please!! I think it is about time that these type restaurants got with the times and understand that most adults drink responsibly and just want to enjoy a beverage with their meal.

  • basilandcatnip By basilandcatnip

    Brings up a lot of questions. How old will employees required to be? TABC certifications? etc.

  • stepsal By stepsal

    I don't really see a problem as long as they aren't serving the beer at the drive thru. I mean I think it is a bit excessive, but if people are going to drink, they are going to drink...whether they go to McDonalds, to a liquor store, or to the bar.

  • Beaniesmom By Beaniesmom

    Will the beer be available at the Drive thru window?

  • jean60 By jean60

    i think that is the most horrible thing! when they start serving beer there we will not go there!

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