Barnes & Noble hopes that booze will lure book lovers back to its stores.
The New York bookseller says it is opening four "concept" stores in the next year that will feature restaurants with an expanded menu including beer and wine.
The first concept store will open in Eastchester, New York, in October, followed by locations in Edina, Minnesota; Folsom, California, and Loudon, Virginia.
Barnes & Noble is also throwing its hat into the competitive restaurant business. In addition to beer and wine, the stores will offer a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu with waiter service.
The expanded cafes are seen as a way to draw more shoppers into the bookstores and keep them there longer.
Barnes & Noble new stores will sell beer and wine