Starbucks trials serving booze at selected outlets


The new Starbucks Reserve Roastery will live at 61 Ninth Ave. near West 15th Street, and will be the worldwide coffee chain’s largest store to date, boasting a coffee-roasting area, a retail space, a coffee bar and a Princi bakery.

Most important to our ears, however, is the mezzanine level above the ground floor, which will play host to a bar serving beer, wine and spirits. No word on whether they’ll be serving up espresso martinis, but don’t bet against it.

The news comes from a Starbucks attorney, Jonathan Bing, who presented the proposals to Manhattan’s Business Licenses and Permits committee on Wednesday.

The coffee giant’s new store will be modeled after the original Starbucks roastery in Seattle, with the chain also promising to host local NY artists in the new location.

There’s no word yet on whether Starbucks’ new alcoholic direction will spread to any of their almost 25,000 stores across the globe.

For now, then, you’ll just have to stick to smuggling your own booze into your Saturday afternoon Frappuccinos.



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