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Starbucks in Arroyo Grande could add wine, beer to nighttime menu

Starbucks is aiming to attract more night-time customers by adding more food and alcohol options at its stores.
Starbucks is aiming to attract more night-time customers by adding more food and alcohol options at its stores. The Associated Press

Starbucks in the Five Cities Center in Arroyo Grande could serve beer and wine in the near future.

The company has applied to the city for a conditional use permit that would allow it to sell craft beer and wine at the store at 924 W. Branch St. next to the Regal Arroyo Grande Stadium 10 movie theater.

The Arroyo Grande Planning Commission is scheduled to consider the permit at its meeting Tuesday night.

The change is part of a recent push by Starbucks to attract more nighttime customers by adding more food and alcohol options. The updated offerings are called the Evenings menu and are only sold at select stores throughout the country.

There are more than 30 Starbucks locations offering the Evenings menu in California, mostly concentrated in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. The nearest one is in Santa Barbara.

There are more than 30 Starbucks locations offering the Evenings menu in California.

According to a Starbucks spokeswoman, the company is “in the very early stages of considering our store at 924 W. Branch St. for the Evenings menu. It’s a long and thoughtful process, and the conditional use permit filing is just one of many steps we take.”

The spokeswoman declined last week to offer any more information on the potential switch.

According to a staff report prepared by Arroyo Grande associate city planner Matthew Downing, Starbucks has proposed selling beer and wine from noon to closing time — 10:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The alcoholic drinks would have to be consumed at the store and could not be taken off-site, according to the report.

Starbucks has also proposed installing a rail in front of the store to comply with state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control requirements.

Burrito Loco, next door to Starbucks in the Five Cities Center, currently serves wine and beer.

If approved by the Arroyo Grande Planning Commission, the permit would go to the City Council for final approval.

Kaytlyn Leslie: 805-781-7928, @kaytyleslie

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