Decatur Starbucks seeking alcohol license

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt August 3, 2015
Starbucks in downtown Decatur. Source, Google Streetview.

Starbucks in downtown Decatur. Source, Google Streetview.

Starbucks in Decatur could soon be a resource for residents to catch a morning coffee buzz and an evening alcohol buzz.

The Starbucks on the Decatur Square is seeking an alcohol license to serve beer and wine, according to the Decatur City Commission meeting agenda for Aug. 3.

Assistant City Manager Lyn Menne is recommending approval.

“The enclosed 2015 alcohol beverage application has received police department approval,” Menne wrote in a memo to City Manager Peggy Merriss. “While Starbucks is not a new business, this business has not had an ABL in the past. Therefore, this is a new application. All applicable fees and have been paid. I recommend approval of this application pending confirmation that final inspections are complete and a CO has been issued. This business has an approved sidewalk table plan.”

The application is part of a nationwide push by the coffee chain to expand its offerings. The company website invites customers to spend “Starbucks Evenings” at your local Starbucks shops.

“We’ve always been your neighborhood morning stop—a place to help you start your day,” the company’s website says. “Now we’re bringing a little delight to your evenings too. Our Starbucks Evenings menu features a thoughtful selection of wine and craft beer alongside the signature coffee and tea beverages you know and love.”

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  • Chris Billingsley

    Thanks Dan. This is a problem for anyone concerned about the accessibility of alcoholic beverages for DHS and RMS students. This business is a popular hang out for the CSD young hipsters. By approving the application, the commission increases the the possibility that students will drink alcohol at Starbucks. This is the same concern I have about the new burger grinder across from the Central gym. The comissioners should demand that any violation of the under age drinking laws will result in the greatest penalty possible.

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