Starbucks first started testing wine and beer several years ago, in a couple of stores near its Seattle, WA, corporate headquarters. (We even got to check out one of Starbucks's first forays into a nightlife when we toured Roy Street Coffee & Tea, a Starbucks concept with a full wine and beer list.)
For the first time, however, Starbucks has announced it'll be expanding its alcoholic beverage offerings to the Midwest; by the end of 2012, as many as seven Chicagoland stores will sell beer and wine. "We're really trying to expand the evening daypart," explained a Starbucks spokesperson.
I'm interested to see how well this does — clearly, if it takes off in Chicago, then there's a chance that the wine and beer concept could expand further. Tell me: could you see yourself catching up with a friend over a glass of Pinot or a pint of beer at Starbucks?
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