Post by Jerry Sauk Post by Steve Wertz
It's not illegal to sell beer in a restaurant, provided you have
the proper license. There;s nothing to prevent a fast-food place
from serving alcohol if the manager/franchise wants to abide by
the conditions of the local beverage control board.
What makes you think it's illegal?
Well DUH Steve, THEY DON'T HAVE A LISCENCE!!! Try not to embarass
yourself in fron tof your RFC friends Steve, as I understand it your
not a troll in that group.
I was really surprised to find a Carl's Junior restaurant (sister restaurant
to Hardees) in Irvine, California that sold beer. Obviously you couldn't
get it through the drive-thru; it had to be consumed inside the restaurant,
but they sold (IIRC) Corona, Tecate, Heineken, Amstel Light, Miller Lite,
Budweiser and Coors Lite. I used to go there for lunch every day, order a
chicken club, no mayo, (and the sandwiches used to have sprouts on them - I
haven't seen sprouts on them in years, now). I'd sneak in a beer and head
back to the office. Ahhhhhh, the good old days! There was a Denny's in
Costa Mesa that used to have a full bar, too. That was a favorite place to
head off to after work for some nachos and beer.
Snipped from Wikipedia and findarticles.com:
In 2002, CKE Restaurants, Inc. acquired Santa Barbara Restaurant Group (the
parent company of the Green Burrito brand). Some Carl's Jr. stores are now
co-branded as Green Burrito locations. At least two Carl's Jr. locations in
downtown Los Angeles serves beer: Macy's Plaza on 7th & Flower and another
located on 9th & Olympic. The Westin Bonaventure Hotel Carl's Jr. also
benefitted from its status as one of the few units in the chain to sell beer
and wine. (They forgot to mention the one I used to go to in Irvine off
Here's a link to an article called: Carl's Jr's: Fast Food n' Beer
So, it *can* be done, but I would assume a stiff cost on the liquor license.
Plus, to sell it at the counter, the employee has to be 21. When I was a
teen and worked at a fast food pizza restaurant (Rocky Rococo's) back in
Wisconsin, the counter person had to be only 18 to pour the beer, but
selling/pouring age may vary between states. Then again, Wisconsin laws may
have changed by now.
Hope this helps!