Recently, national fast food restaurants and coffee shops, such as Taco Bell and Starbucks, have looked to expand their menu choices to include alcoholic beverages. Las Vegas may be a good market for this type of venture. However, there are some local laws that would have to be considered.
In Clark County (where the Strip is located), a standalone retail food business (i.e., not part of a resort hotel) might be able to obtain a liquor license to sell beer and wine products if it qualifies as a restaurant — hot meals served by wait staff with seating for 50 persons with any lounge area separated so that minors cannot access it. Another option is the category 2 restaurant, which requires seating for at least 12, but no more than 49% of meals sold can be pre-cooked or pre-packaged. However, a liquor license cannot be issued under either classification if the location has a drive-thru.
The City of Las Vegas (where Downtown is located), has a few separate liquor license classifications where this business model might be possible — restaurant service bar, beer/wine on-sale, or restaurant with alcohol (in which there is a separate lounge), but each has their own considerations.
Las Vegas residents might soon be enjoying a peppermint schnapps mocha or a beer and chalupa.