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Jul012011

Sonic, Burger King Among Restaurants to Serve Alcohol

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Certain orders at some fast food chains around the country will require patrons to present their ID's.  Fast food restaurants such as Sonic, Burger King and Starbucks are selling beer and wine to increase business, according to USA Today.

USA Today reports that two Sonic restaurants in South Florida will start selling booze following the recent launch of Burger King "Whopper Bars" in Miami, Las Vegas and Kansas City.  Various Seattle Starbucks locations are also adding alcohol to the menu.

But critics of the move to offer adult beverages say it could threaten safety.

"Fast food plus past alcohol equals fast drunks," Michele Simon of the Marin Institute, an alcohol industry watchdog group, told USA Today.

Others say it is too risky to sell alcohol to patrons who may afterward drive home from the fast food establishments.

But the chains see the sale of these beverages as a new opportunity, hoping to drive slow evening business and give customers new set of menu options.

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