According to the memo, Starbucks would sell around 12 wines by the glass or bottle and four to six craft beers. With the addition of alcohol, Starbucks would expand its food menu to include light appetizers. According to Village Code, a business with a Class 2 license is required to serve food with alcohol.
Starbucks serves alcohol at six other locations in the Chicago area, including its Burr Ridge and Schaumburg stores. The new offering of "Starbucks Evenings," is a result of Starbucks customers' requests, "to have more options for relaxing in their stores in the evenings," James Webster, a representative for Coffee House Holdings, Inc. wrote in an Aug. 8 letter to the village.
"A new product assortment that includes wines, craft and imported beers and premium foods will be the catalyst that brings customers into the store later in the day to share a connection with people close to them," Webster wrote.
Whole Foods Market in River Forest is seeking a liquor license approval. The store seeks to change its Class 4A license to a Class 4 license, to allow the sale of spirits in addition to beer and wine, according to the memo.
The Village Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19 at Village Hall, 400 Park Ave., River Forest.