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Starbucks Looking to Serve Beer and Wine at 2 Financial District Cafes

By Irene Plagianos | August 28, 2015 4:27pm | Updated on August 30, 2015 10:00pm
The "Starbucks Evenings" program serves up wine, beer and small plates in the afternoon and night hours.
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FINANCIAL DISTRICT — Less than a month after Starbucks began serving beer and wine at its "coolest" Williamsburg location, the mega-chain is eyeing two new spots to sling alcohol, both in the Financial District.

Starbucks is slated to appear before Community Board 1's Financial District Committee on Sept. 2, to ask for support for beer and wine licenses at its 1 Battery Park Plaza location and 55 Broad St. cafe, according to meeting agendas.

While community boards play an advisory role in granting liquor licenses, the State Liquor Authority has the final say in approving or disapproving a proposal.

For instance, Starbucks managed to obtain a license for its 154 N. 7th St. location in Williamsburg, despite local opposition.

The coffee giant has been serving beer and wine at more than 70 locations across the country, but the Williamsburg outpost was the first to launch the chain's "Starbucks Evening" program in New York City.

The program turns the coffee shop into something of a wine bar in the afternoon and evenings, selling drinks and small, tapas-like plates.

Starbucks did not immediately return a request for comment.