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Country's Largest Starbucks To Serve Booze at Upstairs Bar

 Starbucks will open its second roastery location in Chelsea two years after the opening of its Seattle, Wash. roastery (pictured above).
Starbucks will open its second roastery location in Chelsea two years after the opening of its Seattle, Wash. roastery (pictured above).
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CHELSEA — Make that a venti. 

A 20,000-square-foot Starbucks that will be the largest in the United States is slated to open on Ninth Avenue next year with a mezzanine bar serving beer, wine and spirits.  

The first floor of the new Starbucks Reserve Roastery, at 61 Ninth Ave. near West 15th Street, will house a coffee-roasting area, retail space, a coffee bar and a Princi bakery, an attorney for the chain, Jonathan Bing, told Community Board 4’s Business Licenses and Permits committee Wednesday.

A bar on the mezzanine level above the ground floor will serve beer, wine and spirits, he added.

The roastery — which is modeled after the original Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle — was said at the time to be the coffee giant’s largest in the world, according to reports last year when the location was first announced.

However, a 30,000-square-foot outpost in Shanghai will mark the chain's biggest ever, followed by a 25,500-square-foot location in Milan slated to open next year, a company spokeswoman said. Starbuck's also plans to open a 43,000-square-foot site in Chicago in 2019.

At the Chelsea outpost, the company plans to recruit local artists to perform at the venue, Bing told the committee.

The location is slated to open sometime next year, the spokeswoman added.

Correction: A previous version of this story stated that the Ninth Avenue Starbucks would be the largest in the world. Locations opening in Shanghai, Milan and Chicago will eventually be the world's largest Starbucks when they open.