By LILA SEIDMAN | Reporter
Plans to add beer and wine to the Village Starbucks’ menu have been put on hold—indefinitely.
“At this time, we have reconsidered the timing of our plans to bring the Evenings menu to our store at 15300 Sunset Blvd. and will stay focused on our existing store experience,” a Starbucks spokesperson told the Palisadian-Post via email.
The spokesperson did not respond to further questions about why the Seattle-based company decided to delay the Evenings Program at the Pacific Palisades location, and when, if ever, the program will be implemented.
Starbucks’ Evenings Program features an expanded menu that includes dishes such as truffle mac and cheese, bacon-wrapped dates, and artichoke and goat cheese flatbread, along with a small selection of local, craft beer and wine.
After a lengthy debate, the Pacific Palisades Community Council voted in February to support Starbuck’s beer and wine permit, as long as alcohol sales began after 4 p.m., instead of the originally proposed noon.
The notice of that public hearing is still posted on the Village Starbuck’s exterior.
Some PPCC members were concerned about the Starbuck’s proximity to schools and the possibility that the patio wouldn’t be fully monitored.
Then-PPCC President Chris Spitz, who supported the initiative, confirmed to the Post that “the council was not all that thrilled” about the idea.
Skepticism notwithstanding, the motion to support the alcohol and beer permit passed at the time with 14 votes for and three opposed. According to Spitz, that was the end of the conversation.
The Evenings program, introduced in 2010 with a glass of wine costing up to $15, has been implemented in Starbucks locations in Beverly Hills, Calabasas and Torrance.
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