Burbank Planning Board: No Starbucks Wine for You

Bad news for all you lushes out there: The City of Burbank’s Planning Board has denied coffee giant Starbucks’ request for an alcohol permit, despite a city staff report recommending the board’s approval. The Sept. 28 decision puts the kibosh on a program known as “Starbucks Evenings,” which offers wine and beer to evening patrons at select locations throughout the country.

The first Starbucks Evenings was introduced 5 years ago in Seattle. Wine and beer are now served as locations in Pasadena and Los Angeles as well.

The board members felt the service would be inappropriate for the Burbank location, which is just half a mile from John Burroughs High School.

“I’d like to see a Starbucks like this in Burbank, but just not here,” said board member Undine Petrulis. In addition, members expressed concerns over potential parking and litter problems.

According to the company, Starbucks patrons are generally big wine connoisseurs. Seventy percent of Starbucks customers imbibe, compared to thirty percent of the general population.

Read more about the Planning Board’s decision here.

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