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Wine and Beer at Starbucks?

The coffee company is bringing wine, beer and premium foods to some select SoCal locations by the end of 2012.

With five Starbucks Coffee locations in Beverly Hills, it’s safe to say that many residents visit the popular chain.

But soon, your local Starbucks may offer more than coffee, lattes, sweets and sandwiches.

The company began serving wine, beer and premium foods during the evening at some of its Pacific Northwest stores starting in October 2010. Now a handful of SoCal Starbucks will begin offering wine, beer, savory snacks, small plates and hot flatbreads by the end of the year, the coffee giant announced last week. The next locations with the expanded menu have yet to be announced.

"As our customers transition from work to home, many are looking for a warm and inviting place to unwind and connect with the people they care about," Starbucks Senior Vice President for U.S. Operations Clarice Turner said. "At select stores where it is relevant for the neighborhood, we are focused on creating an atmosphere where our customers can relax with a friend, a small bite to eat and a cup of coffee or glass of wine."

In addition to the wine, beer and stepped-up food offerings, some stores plan to also have "flexible seating" to accommodate individuals and small groups, as well as larger parties.

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kathi February 01, 2012 at 03:31 PM
The Starbucks on South Beverly is a total neighborhood experience! They know all the resident regulars by name and drink order!
Jillian Galloway February 04, 2012 at 11:19 AM
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George Vreeland Hill March 03, 2012 at 11:47 PM
If they choose to serve beer and wine in Beverly Hills, I hope they start serving it in one Starbucks only to see how it goes. Somehow, I think it would change the atmosphere of Starbucks. I like it the way it is. George Vreeland Hill

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