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Calabasas Planning Commission Approves Beer and Wine Sales at Starbucks

July 24, 2012

On July 19, 2012, the Calabasas Planning Commission voted 5-0 to approve the conditional use permit application for Starbucks to sell beer and wine at their 26531 Agoura Road location.  Beer and wine will be allowed to be sold from 2-9 pm on Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 9 pm on Sundays.

From Agoura Hills Patch – Alcohol would only be served in glasses and sold at the counter, according to a staff report.

Rancho Santa Margarita’s Starbucks was recently granted its own permit, while a handful of other locations await a similar decision as part of a pilot program Starbucks is rolling out in the state.

But Thursday’s vote doesn’t mean patrons can order a glass of vino with their favorite latte anytime soon. The application process now heads to the state’s Alcohol Beverage Control for final approval for a Type 41 license, which allows the sale of beer and wine only, not distilled spirits.

A round or remodeling, such as installing a rail around the outside patio and a sign that says “no alcohol beyond this point,” would follow that final decision.

Anthony Lee, a senior design manager with Starbucks, told planning commissioners that Calabasas was picked for the pilot program because it considered the community sophisiticated and that the company wanted to give adult customers more variety later on in the day.

“Most folks don’t choose to consume coffee late in the afternoon or in the evening,” he said. “Beer and wine is another offering . . . it’s another choice for our guests.”

Some homeowners, on the other hand, were concerned about the number of underage patrons that frequent the Agoura Road Starbucks.

“It’s gonna be very glamorous for teenagers to think they can with a false ID and purchase liquor,” said local resident Lynn Jacob.

Vice Chair Gary Klein said he does not…to read the full story, please click here.

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