Two Sonic restaurants to serve alcohol

July 1, 2011 at 4:00 PM

MIAMI, July 1 (UPI) -- A pair of Florida Sonic restaurants are following in the footsteps of three U.S. Burger Kings and some Seattle Starbucks cafes by offering wine and beer.

A Miami Sonic and a location in Fort Lauderdale said they will begin serving 25 kinds of beer and 10 varieties of wine to customers later in the summer, USA Today reported Friday.

The Miami location will serve only to those who dine on the patio and the Fort Lauderdale store will sell alcohol only inside. Neither restaurant will serve the beverages to customers in cars, officials said.

"We look at this as an opportunity to drive evening business in this market," said Drew Ritger, senior vice president of business analysis for Sonic.

Three U.S. Burger King "Whopper Bars," in Miami, Las Vegas and Kansas City, Mo., sell beer, as do Burger King locations in Singapore, Venezuela and Spain.

Seattle currently has four Starbucks locations serving wine and beer and a spokeswoman said a fifth will be added in September.

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