Fans of whoppers and beer may soon have a chance to enjoy both in the comfort of their local Burger King, but there is a catch.
The Whopper Bar, as it is called, is expected to open in the United Kingdom as soon as plans can be finalized, but only in a few select location and only during predetermined hours. So, don’t expect to grab a beer and chicken fries anywhere the delicious chicken sticks are sold.
In 2010, Burger King opened its first Whopper Bars in the United States, but only in limited locations. Most of the Whopper Bars are located in cities such as Miami Beach, Times Square, and Memphis, according to the New York Daily News. However, some have gone international, popping up in Spain, Venezuela, and Singapore. Now, as the popularity of fast food and beer becomes more mainstream, the United Kingdom has decided to give the concept a try. Proposed locations in the United Kingdom are Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Hull, Blackpool, and Bury St. Edmunds, according to the Daily Mail.
The United Kingdom-based Whopper Bars will be limited to only four locations and are hoping to serve some of America’s favorite brews in plastic bottles. Serving times are expected to be limited to be between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. The beers will not be allowed to leave the premises of the Whopper Bars.
“We’re just catching up with the rest of the world really.”
McDonald’s has dabbled in the alcohol menu in its international stores in the past. Although some stores do well with beers as beverage choices, they claim that McDonald’s is not actively searching out locations to sell beer. Instead, they are allowing the customer demands guide their choices.
“We develop our menu based on what our customers tell us they like and want from a visit to McDonald’s.”
McDonald’s officials claim that the demand for beer in their European restaurants has been low, and is not in line with their “family-friendly” focus.
“Although a number of European McDonald’s markets serve alcoholic beverages as part of their menu, this is not something that we have experienced customer demand for or something that fits with the family-friendly focus of our restaurants in the UK.”
Burger connoisseurs commented on the proposed Whopper Bars, with mixed opinions on the matter. Herbert Pickles believes that red wine would be a better choice, but would give a nice beer a try.
‘When I occasionally have a fast food burger, there have been times when I fleetingly thought that a glass of ‘acceptable’ red wine would compliment it. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with beer, it’s just that I feel wine would be a better match.”
On the other hand, a commenter with the name Lucaner feels that offering American beer is no different than offering water.
“If it’s only American beer you would be better off drinking water. Most of their stuff has almost zero alcohol content, they can’t handle real beer.”
“This country is determined to encourage unhealthy eating and drinking. With no regard to the social and health problems it causes society and the NHS.”
What are your thoughts about the Whopper Bars in the United Kingdom?
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