A vehicle stands in a drive-thru line at a Starbucks Corp. store in El Cerrito, California, U.S., on Wednesday, June 10, 2020.
David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images
The last drive-thru boom was the 1970s. The next one could be the 2020s.
Industry executives say that consumers are looking for contactless access to their favorite restaurants. Drive-thrus proved to be a lifeline for fast-food chains such as McDonald’s and Wendy’s, which reported more moderate same-store sales declines as…