Published November 25, 2016
Burger King is taking its Whopper and beer concept to the United Kingdom.
The fast food chain has applied to sell alcohol at four branches from 10am to 11pm, seven days a week. The Whopper Bar, as it is known, will feature some of America’s favorite beers in plastic bottles, which will not be allowed to leave the premises.
In 2010, Burger King opened its first Whopper Bars in the U.S. in locations such as Miami Beach, Times Square, and Memphis, and has a handful of international locations in Spain, Venezuela, and Singapore.
And despite the U.K.’s long-standing pub culture, the chain believes that Whooper Bar concept will work there. The company has applied for alcohol licenses at U.K. locations in Newcastle- under-Lyme, Blackpool, Hull and Bury St. Edmunds.
A Burger King spokeswoman claims it is about time they moved their alcohol business into the U.K. market.
“We’re just catching up with the rest of the world really,” she told the Daily Mail.
But shoppers were not so impressed with the idea.
"I don't think it would be a suitable place for selling beer and I don't think it would make much money either," Oskar Lasocki, 18, told the Mail.
"I think Burger King can shove their burgers up their backsides," Carl Leonard, 45, said. "This country doesn't need another place for people to get drunk in front of children."
Permits to sell beer at the U.K. locations have not yet been granted, but Burger King says they're hopeful that they'll be released soon.