McMoonshine? Fast-food outlets add booze to menus


Ever sat down for a meal at a fast-food restaurant, spread a paper napkin across your lap, picked up your plastic fork and thought, "Gee, I'd like a glass of wine with this mass-produced burger?" If you have, this news might appeal to you: A growing number of casual eateries are adding alcoholic drinks such as wine to their beverage offerings.

Full-service restaurants have been having a tough go of it during this recession as diners flocked to the kind of cheap, casual eateries called "quick-service" in industry parlance. These establishments are characterized by their no-frills atmospheres and cheap (think $10 or less) prices. Now, quick-service eateries are stepping up their game, muscling into the adult-beverage territory that more expensive dining establishments used to monopolize.